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Haas-Lilienthal House

Attractions, Museums, Tours

Built in 1886 by Bavarian immigrant William Haas, this 28-room house has elaborate wooden gables and a circular tower, clearly marking it as being in the...

2007 Franklin Street

Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship

Attractions, Museums

There's plenty for history buffs big and small to explore aboard the Jeremiah O'Brien, a veteran of D-Day and the only original ship to sail under its own...

Pier 45
Major venue

Lawrence Hall of Science

Museums

Perched on the hills facing the Bay, this kids' science museum has computers to explore the inside of your brain, a Young Explorers Area and a huge DNA...

Centennial Drive

Musée Mécanique

Critics' choice
Museums

Pack a pocketful of quarters before you visit this wonderful museum, a vintage arcade housing more than 170 old-fashioned coin-operated gizmos dating from...

Pier 45
Free

Museum of Performance & Design

Art, Attractions, Museums

The former San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum was closed for renovation at the time of writing, due to reopen in March 2008 as the Museum of...

Veterans' Memorial Building, 4th floor

Museum of the African Diaspora

Museums

Opened in November 2005, in an $11-million centre on the first three floors of the St Regis Museum Tower, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is the...

685 Mission Street

Oakland Museum of California

Critics' choice
Museums

The art collection includes sketches by early explorers and genre pictures from the Gold Rush, along with sculpture, landscapes and Bay Area figurative, pop...

1000 Oak Street

Octagon House

Art, Attractions, Museums

The 1861 Octagon House is home to the small Museum of Colonial and Federal Decorative Arts, but is most notable as one of two surviving examples of...

2645 Gough Street
Free

Pacific Heritage Museum

Art, Museums

Once the city's mint, this structure is now a Bank of Canton and also a museum. Emphasising San Francisco's connections with the Pacific Rim, the museum...

608 Commercial Street
Free

Randall Museum

Attractions, Museums

This small museum offers panoramic views of the city and hands-on fun for pre-teens, including an exhibit where they can create their own earthquake....

199 Museum Street
Free

Rincon Center

Art, Attractions, Museums

The lobby (facing Mission Street) of this art deco post office-cum-residential and office tower has intriguing WPA-style murals. Painted in 1941 by the...

101 Spear Street
Free

San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design

Museums

This modest, three-room museum, opened in 2004, highlights how contemporary craft and design enrich everyday life. Exhibitions have included contemporary...

550 Sutter Street

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Critics' choice
Art, Museums

The second-largest US museum devoted to modern art, SFMOMA moved here from Civic Center in 1995, reaping enthusiastic approval as much for its $60-million...

151 3rd Street
Major venue

Society of California Pioneers Seymour Pioneer Museum

Attractions, Museums

Operated by descendants of the state's first settlers, this small museum, a treasure trove for the historically inclined, has occasional intriguing displays...

300 4th Street

USS Pampanito

Attractions, Museums

The Pampanito is a World War II, Balao-class Fleet submarine with an impressive record: it made six patrols in the Pacific at the height of the war, sinking...

Pier 45