California Palace of the Legion of Honor

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California Palace of the Legion of Honor
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California Palace of the Legion of Honor

San Francisco's most seductively situated museum, the Legion is set on ocean bluffs at Land's End with sweeping views of the Golden Gate. The neoclassical museum is a three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris, built in 1924 as a memorial to the Californians who died in World War I. A cast of Rodin's The Thinker dominates the entrance; the French sculptor was the personal passion of Alma Spreckels, the museum's founder, and the collection of his work here is second only to that of the Musée Rodin in Paris. A glass pyramid in the courtyard acts as a skylight for galleries containing more than 87,000 works of art, spanning 4,000 years, but with emphasis on European painting and decorative art (El Greco, Rembrandt, Monet). An expanded garden level houses temporary exhibitions, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and the Bowles Collection of porcelain.


Venue name: California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Address: 100 34th Ave, Lincoln Park
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: $10, seniors $7, youth 13–17 and students $6, children under 12 free.
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