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The de Young Museum
The de Young Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 27,000 works, including painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Bonus: find the elevator in the east end of the building and ride up, up, up to the Hamon Tower Observation Floor for breathtaking panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many a San Francisco neighborhood.
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park
The Museum of the African Diaspora
The distinctive voice of the late Maya Angelou introduces the moving personal stories in the “Slave Narratives” at the Museum of the African Diaspora, where art and technology are perfectly blended in other displays as well.
The Cartoon Art Museum houses 6,000 pieces of original cartoon and animation art by artists from all over the world. See editorial cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, anime, and the Sunday funnies.
655 Mission Street
The Exploratorium personifies “interactive,” with some six hundred exhibits that encourage visitors of all ages to touch, tinker, and figure out how the world works, all while having fun. With so much going on in one place, the Exploratorium can be overwhelming at first. The six galleries are Light and Sound, Human Behavior, Living Systems, Tinkering, the Outdoor Gallery, and the Bay Observatory Gallery. Just cruise through, and stop to play at any exhibit that grabs your attention.
Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street
Longer-time San Franciscans will remember the Asian Art Museum's structure as the former Main SF library, but now visitors are greeted by a statue of Ganesha at the top of a sleek set of glass escalators. Far more than just a collection of scrolls and pottery, the Asian Art Museum caters to all ages, with both traditional displays and new-school, interactive events. Don't miss their teahouse, and be sure to stop in their meditation alcove for a final Om before you go.
200 Larkin Street in Civic Center
The Legion of Honor
A cast of Rodin's "The Thinker" greets you at the stately entrance to the Legion of Honor, which is filled with European paintings and decorative arts, ancient art, photography, and sculpture. Yes, it's a bit stuffier than the other museums on our list, but don't be too quick to dismiss classic, traditional art: it's still with us for a reason. Plus, the Legion of Honor is where Jimmy Stewart creeped on Kim Novak in Vertigo. That, alone, makes it worth a trip.
100 34th Avenue
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