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Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor

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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. The building itself is a three-quarters scale copy of the Palais de la L├ęgion d'Honneur (French for "Palace of the Legion of Honor") in Paris. The Legion was gifted to San Francisco in 1924 by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, the wife of California businessman and San Francisco native, Adolph B. Spreckels.

Most of the museum's contents is of Parisian roots. The painting collections include masterworks from renowned artists Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, and Rembrandt, and several other luminaries. The boldness in color and texture of Monet's Water Lilies is best experienced in person. The Legion's ancient art collection features intricately designed pottery, metalwork, and sculptures from Greece, Rome, and Egypt, as well as Assyria and Mesopotamia. The Legion is also home to one of the largest works on paper collections in the country, which visitors are welcome to browse and research in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts study room. The decorative art collection at The Legion includes a highly regarded collection of 18th-century porcelain and an original bronze cast of Auguste Rodin's famous sculpture The Thinker.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Tuesday through Sunday: 9:30am to 5:15pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Admission:
  • Adults: $10
  • Youth (13-17): $6
  • Children (12 and under): Free
  • Seniors (65 and over): $7
  • Metro Stop:
  • SF Muni Stops: 18 stops directly in front of the museum, 38 and 1 are short walks or Muni connections away.
  • Contact:
  • Location: 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco, CA
  • Phone: 415-750-3600
  • Website: www.famsf.org/legion
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