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California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Museums, Art and design Outer Richmond
4 out of 5 stars
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
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This grand Beaux-Arts building is a feat of architecture in itself, clad in white limestone, marble, and gleaming chevron wood. Devoted to ancient and European art, the museum contains more than 800 European paintings in its permanent collection—of which around 250 are on view—including works by masters like Claude Monet and Fra Angelico. The emphasis on sculpture is evident from the moment you arrive—you’ll encounter Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker in the outer courtyard. The permanent collection spans from medieval times to the early 20th century, showcasing decorative arts, paintings, sculpture, and ancient artifacts. Ancient art from Egypt, Greece, and Rome fills the Hall of Antiquities (don’t miss the mummy room). The Legion is also home to the Skinner Organ, a beautiful  mahogany, ivory, and ebony instrument built by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company in 1924; check for a schedule of free concerts.

By: Lauren Sheber


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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