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MM Galleries

Art

Marina and Kit, MM's co-owners and co-curators, may be more aptly described as co-conspirators. Seeing art as play, they bring a sense of mischief to every...

101 Townsend Street

Modernism

Art

Modernism grapples with the age-old conundrum of how to show fine art that attracts high prices while maintaining a hospitable atmosphere. And loses. If...

685 Market Street

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

Needles & Pens

Art

Needles stocks a huge range of handmade gifts by local artists, including clothes, along with the latest in self-published 'zines and arty periodicals.

3523 16th Street

New Langton Arts

Art

At the forefront of the visual and media arts scene, this diminutive non-profit space is in a first-floor loft behind an unprepossessing black façade. Best...

1246 Folsom 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

Park Life

Art

Park Life is a store stocking all kinds of intriguing design items, many of them handmade by locals. The schedule of monthly art exhibitions is a bonus.

220 Clement Street

Patricia Sweetow Gallery

Art

Sweetow recently relocated to 77 Geary, where she shows painting, photography and sculpture from both established and emerging artists. To get a feel for...

Mezzanine

Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center

Art, Shops, Tours

In this part of the Mission, vibrant murals are everywhere. Even the local McDonald's on the corner of Mission and 24th has a technicolour coat. The vivid...

2981 24th Street

Receiver Gallery

Art

Receiver is a combination interactive design studio and art gallery that also sells limited edition T-shirts. The emphasis is on graphics, cartoons and...

1415 Valencia Street

Rena Bransten Gallery

Art

In business since 1974, Rena Bransten originally focused on ceramic sculpture. Today the gallery's stable is more diverse, including sculptor Ruth Asawa,...

2nd floor

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

Robert Koch Gallery

Art

Representing contemporary giants like Edward Burtynsky, Sally Mann, David Parker and Bill Owens, Robert Koch's gallery has a bit of a museum feel....

5th floor

San Francisco Arts Commission

Art

This non-profit space focuses on contemporary art and the Bay Area's place in that field. In addition to regular programming at the War Memorial Building,...

401 Van Ness Avenue