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With a bevy of museums catering to a wide spectrum of interests, San Francisco has carved out its cozy little niche in the world of renowned cultural institutions. Leading the way are the Fine Arts Museum (housed in the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum) and the Museum of Modern Art. Not as popular but still entirely engrossing are the Asian Art Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Museum of African Diaspora. The new California Academy of Science and the Exploratorium imbue the sciences with exuberance and are an enjoyable visit for the entire family. With so many museums, and never enough time, you better start exploring!

San Francisco | Museums

Asian Art Museum
  • Asian Art Museum
  • If you are yearning to travel to Asia but don't have the time or the money, try the next best thing, San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, where the price of admission is all that is needed to experience the enchanting cultures of Asia.
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Cable Car Museum
  • Cable Car Museum
  • "To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars," the serenade of Tony Bennett, aptly reflects the cable cars contribution to the city's ambiance, their bells echoing in the night as they clang their way up the steep hills.
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California Academy of Sciences
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • The San Francisco Academy of Sciences is an aquarium, planetarium, rain forest, natural history museum, and research center all housed within the world's largest LEED certified building.
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Cartoon Art Museum
  • Cartoon Art Museum
  • There is more to the comic art form than superheroes and lasagna-loving cats, and a stop at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum offers visitors the opportunity to experience its full spectrum,...
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Chinese Historical Society of America
Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • From Passover seder plates and shofars to Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan, the Contemporary Jewish Museum juxtaposes old and new expressions of the Jewish experience.
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de Young Museum
  • de Young Museum
  • With a new state-of-the-art building, a pristine location, and great international reputation, the new de Young Museum opened its doors to the public in October of 2005. Damage from earthquakes and the wear and tear of a century of Bay Area weather finally made a new building a necessity.
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  • Exploratorium
  • Listening to music through your jaw, stepping into a giant soap bubble, and sticking your shadow to a wall are just a few of the adventures you can have at San Francisco's award winning museum of art, science and human perception, the Exploratorium.
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Legion of Honor
  • Legion of Honor
  • The beautifully architected Legion of Honor is one of two fine art museums in San Francisco, with an ancient and European art collection spanning 4,000 years and a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Museum of African Diaspora
  • Museum of African Diaspora
  • With its home in the cultural hub of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens, the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) is one of the brightest jewels in the crown of this dynamic area.
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Museum of Craft and Design
  • Museum of Craft and Design
  • Where will the Museum of Craft and Design "pop-up" next? In the fall of 2010, the museum launched a series of temporary museums that will spring up throughout San Francisco while searching for a new...
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Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • A historic retrospective of modern art may sound like a contradiction, but the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF-MOMA) pulls it off in style. SF-MOMA celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2011. The museum was founded in 1935 and is the oldest modern art museum on the West Coast.
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Museum of Performance and Design
  • Museum of Performance and Design
  • The Museum of Performance and Design is the first museum in the country dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts from live performing arts and theatrical design.
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Palace of Fine Arts
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Nestled gracefully in the heart of San Francisco's Marina District, the Palace of Fine Arts, with its glassy lagoon and grandiose architecture, lends an air of tranquility to a decidedly vibrant and hectic city.
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Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts


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