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7 Notable Museums in San Francisco

Ishwari Pamu Sep 21, 2019
With so many things to do in the city, its museums are often overlooked. San Francisco houses some of the best museums in the world with magnificent collections and top-notch interactive exhibits.

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Exploratorium

Located on Pier 15 with a great view of the sea, it hosts over 650 hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages. The Sun Painting lets you use the Sun as your palette and paint live.

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Find out if those blood-sucking mosquitoes are attracted to you at the Mosquito Magnet, another one of its exhibits.

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de Young Museum

Established in 1895, this museum boasts over 27,000 works which focus on art, like paintings, textiles, photographs and costumes, from the Americas, Africa and Oceania.

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The observatory on the ninth floor of the Hamon Tower offer spectacular 360-degree views of the city, especially of the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Renovated in 2016 by the well-known architect, Snohetta, the museum has 33,000 works on architecture, art, paintings, sculptures, including a remarkable photography collection.
You can also enjoy the 45,000 sq.ft. public spaces which are filled with art and can be viewed without a ticket.

Legion of Honor

Experience 4,000 years of human history through paintings, sculptures and artworks from Europe’s medieval and Renaissance period, ancient Greece and Egypt, and French Impressionist art.
Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker”, greets you at the entrance and the museum also houses Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ and ‘The Grand Canal’.

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Asian Art Museum

Located in the Civic Center, this museum holds one of the largest and most diverse collections of Asian Art in the world.
Along with the sculptures, paintings, textiles, armor and furniture which tell us a story of the past 6,000 years of human history, it also houses a Japanese tea house brought in from Japan and rebuilt in the museum.

Museum of the African Diaspora

It celebrates African history, art and politics along with the rich cultural diversity that was a product of the scattering of Africans in the African Diaspora.
The personal stories in the “Slave Narratives” is voiced by the legendary, late Maya Angelou; all the more reason not to miss it. It also has a photo exhibit of Jimi Hendrix on display.

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California Academy of Sciences

Experience different ecosystems, learn about time and space or enjoy the 2.5 acre living roof, all this at the California Academy of Sciences.
It’s an aquarium, planetarium and a natural history museum - all rolled into one!