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Alcatraz

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

'Alcatraz' is Spanish for pelican, but to its inmates it was simply known as 'the Rock'. The West Coast's first lighthouse was built here in 1854, but it...

Alcatraz Island
Major venue

Asian Art Museum

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

This popular museum has one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Asian art, spanning 6,000 years of Asian history and with more than 15,000...

200 Larkin Street

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Attractions, Museums

This hands-on museum, located just below the north ramp of the Golden Gate Bridge and boasting spectacular skyline views, offers a load of hands-on...

East Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road

Berkeley Art Museum

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

Opened in 1970, this dramatic exhibition space is arranged in terraces so visitors can see the works from various vantage points. The collection's strength...

2626 Bancroft Way

Cable Car Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

The sight most often associated with San Francisco is its cable cars. The best way to study them is to ride one, but at this entertaining museum you can...

1201 Mason Street
Free

California Academy of Sciences

Attractions, Museums

How has life on earth evolved? How do we foster the respect needed to preserve and protect its future? These are the themes the California Academy of...

55 Concourse Drive

California Historical Society

Museums

The state's official historical group has focused its efforts on assembling this impressive collection of Californiana. The vaults hold half a million...

678 Mission Street
Tags: History

California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Art, Museums

Built as a memorial to the Californians who died in World War I, and set in a wooded spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Palace of the Legion of Honor...

Lincoln Park

Cartoon Art Museum

Art, Museums

The camera that was used to create the first animation for television (called Crusader Rabbit and produced from 1949 to 1951) graces the lobby of this...

655 Mission Street

Chabot Space & Science Center

Attractions, Museums

High in the Oakland Hills, the Chabot combines a superbly equipped, state-of-the-art planetarium with an observatory and film theatre; the latter runs 70mm...

10000 Skyline Boulevard

Chinese American National Museum & Learning Center

Museums

Formerly the Chinese Historical Society Museum, this facility opened in 2001 in the historic Chinese YWCA building, which was designed by renowned local...

965 Clay Street
Tags: History

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Museums

Slated to reopen in its new Yerba Buena Gardens location in late spring 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum is devoted to linking the art of the Jewish...

736 Mission Street

De Young Museum

Attractions, Museums, Restaurants & cafés

The most prominent feature of this controversial new future-primitive building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is the massive tower that emerges from the...

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

Exploratorium

Critics' choice
Attractions, Museums

Housed in the historic Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium has over 600 interactive exhibits about science, art and human perception. A highlight is the...

3601 Lyon Street

Fort Mason Center

Critics' choice
Art, Attractions, Museums, Restaurants & cafés, Theatre

This collection of ex-military buildings features various cultural institutions, including the Museo ItaloAmericano (Building C, 673 2200,...

Marina Boulevard
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