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Museums & Galleries
In a city known for its ethnic and cultural diversity, San Francisco museums are no exception. From masterpieces to multimedia, the City's museums are among the finest in the world.


Bay Area Museums

Art Galleries

Visual & Performing Arts

Please call to confirm days and hours of operation as well as admission prices.

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Aquarium of the Bay
Walk through 300 feet of crystal clear tunnels where visitors are within inches of marine animals indigenous to the Bay.
PIER 39  1-888-SEA-DIVE

Asian Art Museum
One of the largest Asian art collections in the Western world, over 13,000 art objects spanning 6,000 years of history.
200 Larkin/McAllister 581-3500
Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World 1690–1850; On Gold Mountain:Sculptures from the Sierra by Zhan Wang

Boudin Museum & Bakery Tour
Facts, myths & legends of SF & the Boudin Bakery. Open Mon.-Sun. 10am-7pm. Admission includes trip to tasting room.
160 Jefferson/Mason 928-1849

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. Collections span 4,000 years.
Lincoln Park, 34th Ave./Clement 863-3330
Highlights from the Israel Antiquities Authority: The Dead Sea Scrolls and 5,000 Years of Treasures; Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005

Cartoon Art Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of original cartoon art. Animation to underground.
655 Mission/New Montgomery 227-8666

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Presenting contemporary perspectives and Jewish views on art, history, and culture.
121 Steuart/Mission 344-8800

de Young Museum
American art from the 17th through 20th centuries and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific in a state-of-the-art new facility.
GG Park 863-3330
For Tent and Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving; Michael Arcega: Homing Pidgin; Gilbert & George; Lynn Hershman Leeson: No Body Special

A world-famous interactive museum. Over 650 'hands-on' exhibits including 'Shadow Box' and 'Tornado.' Fun for all ages.
3601 Lyon/Marina Blvd. 561-0360
Mind; Virtual Unreality

Fort Point National Historic Site
Under the south portal of the Golden Gate Bridge, this museum provides a historical overview of the fort. Foot of Long Ave. 556-1693

Haas-Lilienthal House
This Victorian survived the 1906 Earthquake. Authentic furnishings and San Francisco artifacts. Tours Wednesdays and Sundays only.
2007 Franklin/Washington 441-3004

Levi Strauss & Co. Visitors Center
See the colorful history of a company whose products, marketing and business practices shaped popular culture. Levi’s Plaza, 1155 Battery/Union

Museum of the African Diaspora
Examines and celebrates the global influence of the African Diaspora on art and culture.
685 Mission/3rd St. 358-7200

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Contemporary crafts, American folk art and ethnographic art from around the world.
51 Yerba Buena Lane 775-0990

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Hyde St. Pier Historic Ships, Maritime Museum (closed), Visitors Center
Fisherman’s Wharf 447-5000

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
20th Century art in a variety of media. The museum is closed Wednesday.
151 3rd St./Mission. 357-4000
Friedlander; An-My Lê: Small Wars; Gabriele Basilico: From San Francisco to Silicon Valley

San Francisco Railway Museum
See how streetcars and cable cars helped build and still energize one of the world’s greatest cities. Free.
77 Steuart/Market 974-1948

SS Jeremiah O’Brien
Restored WWII Liberty Ship. Engines can be observed in operation on steaming weekend.
Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf

Steinhart Aquarium
Over 1,000 species of salt and fresh water fishes, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals and even penguins.
At the Academy, 875 Howard/4th St. 750-7145

USS Pampanito
Authentic WWII submarine. Exclusive iPod audio tour features voices of Pampanito crewmen. National Historic landmark.
Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45 775-1943

Wells Fargo History Museum
Interactive exhibits, rare artifacts from California's early history: stagecoach, mining tools, gold, maps.
420 Montgomery/California 396-2619

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
A multidisciplinary arts center presenting visual and performing arts, films and public programs.
701 Mission/3rd St. (N8) 978-ARTS (2787)

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Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet
Restored WWII and Apollo recovery ship. WWII bomber, F-14 fighter, Apollo quarantine facility and command module.
707 W Hornet, Alameda. (510) 521-8448

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Spectacular setting under the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Hands-on exhibitions for children ages 1-8.
Fort Baker, Sausalito 339-3900
Top Secret: Mission Toy

Chabot Space & Science Center
Serving the Bay Area with astronomy and science programs for 117 years. The Bay Area’s official timekeeping station.
Oakland (510) 336-7300

Hiller Aviation Museum
Showcasing aviation from the past to the future. Full size aircraft, magnificent hand-crafted models.
601 Skyway Road, San Carlos (650) 654-0200

Intel Museum
Get inside Silicon Valley. 30+ interactive, informative exhibits. Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm.
2200 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, (408) 765-0503

Lawrence Hall of Science
This user-friendly museum features interactive experimentation in geology, animal behavior and plant life.
UC Berkeley (510) 642-5134

Monterey Bay Aquarium
This nonprofit aquarium is home to more than 6,500 specimens of Marine life indigenous to the Monterey Bay.
Monterey (408) 648-4888
Mission to the Deep, Wild About Otters

Oakland Museum of California
The only museum devoted exclusively to the art, ecology and history of California.
Downtown Oakland (510) 238-2200

San Jose Museum of Art
A privately funded, member-supported museum focusing on art of the 20th century.
110 S. Market St., San Jose (408) 271-6840

Tour Mare Island
1854 Naval Shipyard, 1901 Chapel w/Tiffany windows, huge colonial mansions, drydocks, drive or ferry. Artifacts museum.
Reservations: (707) 557-1538, (707) 644-4746

The Tech Museum of Innovation
See how technology is changing the way we live. Featuring the IMAX® Dome theater.
201 South Market St., San Jose (408) 294-TECH

University Art Museum
At UC Berkeley, this museum features works by Rothko, Cézanne, Rubens, local area artists. Special rotating exhibits.
Berkeley (510) 642-1295

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Academy of Art University Galleries
A training ground for some of the country’s best new fine & commercial artists. 625 & 688 Sutter St.; 79 New Montgomery St.; 618-6305,
Three nonprofit galleries showcase painting, sculpture, photography, etchings and lithographs by senior and master students, faculty and alumni.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
A multidisciplinary arts center presenting visual and performing arts, films and public programs.
701 Mission/3rd St. 978-ARTS


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