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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Art, Museums

Yerba Buena Center stands opposite SFMOMA and is somewhat in its shadow, yet it seems unintimidated, tugging at the modern art scene's shirt-tails with a...

701 Mission Street
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