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Museums, Etc.

Museums great and small, and other cool things to do in SF

de Young Museum/Golden Gate Park

Pros: world-class art
Cons: world-class crowds
Best For: the art, the park, museum cafe and view from the tower

Mission Dolores/Mission District

Pros: Visit the oldest structure in San Francisco
Cons: Admission fee
Best For: Learning about the Spanish, the Native American Indians and the beginnings of SF

Contemporary Jewish Museum/SOMA

Pros: Jewish culture and art exhibits endearing to non-Jews and people of all backgrounds
Cons: None
Best For: Developing an understanding of the creative spirit within us all

Escape To Alcatraz/San Francisco Bay

Pros: A quick ferry ride to a National Historic Landmark
Cons: Island weather requires proper outerwear
Best For: Cellblock Audio Tour and Garden Tour

Palace of Fine Arts/Marina

Pros: Remarkably renovated architectural gem
Cons: The only remaining building from the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915
Best For: A late afternoon promenade around the lagoon

Haas Lilienthal House/Pacific Heights

Pros: The only private Victorian home of the period, open to the public as a museum
Cons: Group guided visits only
Best For: A glimpse into upper-middle class life in San Francisco, pre-1906 earthquake

Sf City Guides

Pros: Free history and architectural walking tours led by trained volunteers
Cons: Absolutely none, unless you don't like walking
Best For: A fascinating look into how SF grew

Wells Fargo History Museum/Financial District

Pros: It's free and fascinating
Cons: Closed weekends
Best For: Being able to climb into a stagecoach

Fort Point/Presidio

Pros: National Historic Site at the Southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge
Cons: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Best For: The view from the top, historic military photos on second level, learning about the Buffalo Soldiers

Golden Gate Bridge

Pros: Beautiful from every angle, and useful as well
Cons: Traffic jams at peak hours
Best For: Walking, biking or driving across

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