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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

de Young Museum
The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was founded in 1895 as an outgrowth of the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.
Namesake: San Francisco newspaperman, M.H. de Young. In 2005 the museum reopened after a major architectural remodel, incorporating copper, stone, wood and glass. Don't miss the unique view from the 144-foot tower There are 293,000 square feet of exhibition space and the American Painting collection was brilliantly augmented by the acquisition of the Rockefeller Collection of American Art. The Oceanic and African art collections are stellar as well. Temporary exhibitions such as the 2010 Birth of Impressionism exhibit straight from the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, are well worth the price of admission. The de Young Cafe has a delightful menu in a lovely setting and then there is the museum store, with a prodigious selection of art books and unusual gifts. Flooded with natural light, within the boundaries of San Francisco's jewel of a park, the de Young Museum is a world-class art enthusiast's destination.

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, 94118
414.750.3600 Check website for special exhibitions, extended summer hours, etc.
Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30m-5:15pm Friday 9:30am-8:45pm Closed Monday
Muni Bus 44 stops in front of museum and muni riders save $2 on admission by showing pass or transfer for public transport info
de Young Museum

One of the 360 Degree Views From the Tower (Don't need to pay museum admission to ride the elevator up).
de Young Museum