California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Museums, Art and design Outer Richmond
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California Palace of the Legion of Honor
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This neoclassical museum built in 1921 in the image of the 18th century Parisian Palais de la Legion d’Honneur adorns the ocean bluffs of Land’s End on the western edge of San Francisco. Rivaling the Legion of Honor’s spectacular views is its collection of European painting and decorative art which includes the second largest assemblage of sculpture by the famed French artist Auguste Rodin - a favorite of the museum’s founder Alma Spreckels. The courtyard’s glass pyramid provides natural light for the galleries below, which contain more than 87,000 pieces by masters like El Greco, Rembrandt and Monet. On the garden level, temporary exhibitions accompany the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Bowles Collection of porcelain.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Address: 100 34th Ave
San Francisco
Cross street: at Clement St
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9:30am–5:15pm
Transport: BART & Metro to Montgomery/Streetcar F/ Bus 1, 1AX, 18, 38
Price: $
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