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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

Fort Point

Attractions

The spectacular brick-built Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the city from a sea attack. The assault never came; the 126 cannons...

Marine Drive
FreeMajor venue

Grace Cathedral

Attractions

Begun in 1928, this Episcopalian cathedral was once a private mansion. It was later taken over by the church and is, by the standards of most cathedrals in...

1100 California Street
Major venue

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

Hyde Street Pier

Attractions

Maritime fans, students of history and children will love the historic vessels permanently docked here. Typical of the ships that would have been common...

At the foot of Hyde Street
Free

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

Marine Mammal Center

Attractions

Visit the sea lions and sea otters at this non-profit centre, which rescues sick or stranded animals, nurtures them back to health and returns them to the...

1065 Fort Cronkhite (Visitor Centre 1049)
Free

Mission Dolores

Critics' choice
Attractions

Founded by a tiny band of Spanish missionaries and soldiers in 1776, and completed 15 years later, Mission Dolores is the oldest structure in the city and...

3321 16th Street
Major venue

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 Zoo

Attractions

Over the last few years the formerly cramped Oakland Zoo, in Knowland Park, has put effort into creating decent-sized naturalistic habitats for its 400-plus...

9777 Golf Links Road

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

Old St Mary's Cathedral

Attractions

Much early missionary work, and the city's first English lessons for Chinese immigrants, took place under this 19th-century building's foreboding clock...

660 California Street
Free

Palace of Fine Arts

Attractions

Local architect Bernard Maybeck's pièce de résistance, the Palace is a neo-classical domed rotunda supported by a curved colonnade topped with friezes and...

Lyon Street
Major venue