M.H. de Young Museum

Museums, Art and design Golden Gate Park
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M.H. de Young Museum
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Made from copper that will, in time, transform to match the green of its Golden Gate Park surroundings, the de Young museum’s design, complete with a 144-ft observation tower, is like a beacon calling art lovers to this primitive-yet-futuristic mothership. Their permanent collection is ambitious and includes 27,000 paintings, sculptures, artifacts and crafts ranging from African textiles to pre-Columbian art to modern paintings. World-class special exhibitions offer a glimpse at photographers, artists, designers and artistic movements as diverse as Keith Haring, J.M.W. Turner and art from the African-American south. For a real treat, visit the museum on a Friday night when, in addition to keeping the collections open late, the museum showcases themed-performances, sets up activities for children and plies adults with alcoholic beverages.

By: Shoshi Parks


Venue name: M.H. de Young Museum
Address: Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco
Cross street: at JFK Dr
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 9:30am–5:15pm; Fri 9:30am–8:30pm
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.