Legion Of Honor
The most exquisite museum in San Francisco built inside an impressive Neoclassical Beaux-Arts building, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor was a gift to the city by philanthropist, patron of the arts, socialite Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. The museum stands as a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur, a famous museum in Paris, France, because of her love for all things art and Paris. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum has a wonderful collection of decorative arts, sculptures, paintings etc. from all across the European continent as well as antiquities from the Near East and the Mediterranian. A pass to the Legion of Honor Museum gives you free same-day admission to the de Young Museum as well. Situated in a gorgeous green space in Lincoln Park with a golf course and coastal woodlands, the museum is a fantastic place for a leisurely walk. Visitors can follow the path along Lincoln Highway outside the museum which boasts the perfect outlooks onto amazing ocean vistas and the much famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Palace Of Fine Arts
The last remaining structure from the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A classic looking building standing tall and proud on a lagoon, the calm water reflects the mirror image of the colossal piece of architecture with ducks and geese floating by. Today, the palace hosts art exhibitions and performances thanks to all the restoration works carried out over the years. The theatre in the Palace of Fine Arts can seat up to one thousand patrons.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was reopened after an extensive renovation project and multi-year closure in the spring of 2016, with an exhibition space of 170,000 square feet. This is almost three times its previous size. The ground floor gallery space spanning 45000 feet is open to the public free of charge, and there are ten floors in total. The museum acquired thousands of new art pieces along with the addition of new space, so the galleries are ever-changing with artwork from different artists. The museum also has the unique distinction of being free for visitors who are 18 and younger.
de Young Fine Arts Museum
A fine arts museum in the Golden Gate Park, the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is one of the biggest art institutions open to the public in San Francisco. There are exhibits from different geographical locations and a variety of time frames. There are exhibits from all across North America, Egypt, Rome, Britain, Africa, Greece, the Near East, and the Pacific Islands, among others.