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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Wells Fargo History Museum

Museums

Wells Fargo is California's oldest bank, and this collection of Gold Rush memorabilia gives a good history of banking in California. You'll find gold...

420 Montgomery Street
Tags: History
Free