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de Young Museum

Museums, Art and design Golden Gate Park
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Located in the middle of Golden Gate Park, this 125-year-old museum specializes in art from America, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. In recent years, it’s become particularly known for its sprawling costume exhibits, from contemporary Muslim fashion to the contemporary designer Oscar de la Renta. The permanent collection spans the gamut from gowns, paintings, and textiles to ancient artifacts. In addition, you’ll find an impressive collection of 19th-century American and European photography with a focus on historical California photographs. The museum deftly mixes historic gems with modern technology, as evidenced by the new “de Youngsters Studio,” a multimedia space for kids to interact with art through cameras, AR, and digital works. Don’t miss the Hamon observation tower on the 9th floor: the stunning, glass-encased space overlooks all of Golden Gate Park, downtown San Francisco, the Bay, and the Marin headlands.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: de Young Museum
Address: Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco
Cross street: at John F. Kennedy Dr
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm
Transport: Bus 5, 21, 44
Price: $
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My favorite part about this museum isn't actually the exhibits that rotate through here—though those are fantastic as well. It's the observation deck that you can head up to (for free!), giving you a beautiful 360 view of the city. This is where the scope of Golden Gate Park, and much of the inner Richmond and all the way to the ocean, can be seen. It's a lovely thing to do whether you're actually visiting the museum, or just passing by it.