One of San Francisco's greatest museums and located in Golden Gate Park itself, the De Young is famous for its collections, like Art of the Americas and African Art, as well as special exhibitions like the 2011 Picasso. Originally built in 1895, the de Young was rebuilt and reopened in 2005, with a new Swiss design by Herzog and de Meuron that keeps historic touches like the original palm trees. It's the fourth most visited North American art museum.
As we were going to go to Paris and visit Musee d'Orsay, I wanted to go see the Birth of Impressionism exhibit that was going at the De Young Museum.The BF picked up tickets and off we went. Having done the King Tut exhibit before this, we knew where to go and what to expect in terms of lines and the crowds.Starting with "The Birth of Venus", it leads to you a wonderful tour of the beginnings of Impressionism with Manet and then with Monet, Renoir, Degas, and so many more. I saw some of my favorite Impressionist artwork in front of me and I didn't even need to go to Paris!Beautiful exhibit and I spent far too long staring at the artwork as the bf impatiently waited for me to finish. I picked up a copy of my favorite Degas picture, "The Dancing Lesson" to hang up after leaving the exhibit.It was a wonderful way to get me in the mood for Paris. I can't wait for the next exhibit!
This is my favorite museum. Check out the Ruth Asawa wire sculptures hanging from the ceilings of the space, go up to the tower for a view of the entire city and go to the sculpture garden in the back of the museum. If you follow the path past the cafe in the sculpture garden towards what looks like a maintenance area you'll find a strange dome shaped secret space. You'll be in for a treat. Sculpture garden is free and this site lists all SF Museum free days http://freemuseumday.org/sf.html
I really enjoy going to the De Young Museum they always have interesting exhibits. I particularly enjoy how they will have curator talks for some of the special exhibits. Also, if you're going on a Sunday check out Lindy in the Park that is happening right around the corner from the De Young. There's usually a great crowd of dancers out enjoying swing music and it's fun to watch or take the lesson at the beginning of their event! And then head to the De Young :).
This art gallery is housed in a relatively new architectural masterpiece by swiss architects Herzog + De Meuron. The most impressive feature is the observation / administration tower which can be accessed without paying admission to the museum and has fabulous 360 degree views highlighting the hilly nature of the city. Views of the rest of Golden Gate Park, Lands End, the Presidio, glimpses of the Golden Gate bridge, distant views of downtown. A must for all.
Situated in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the impressive modern structure of the new de Young is just as impressive as the extensive collection of artwork inside. The sculpture garden is lovely, and the observation floor on the tower offers beautiful panoramic views of the bay area. I always look forward to their couture fashion exhibits, which will blow you away. Friday nights at the museum are always a fun cultural experience - great for dates!
Housed in a gorgeous modern building (though some critics feel it looks like the superstructure of an aircraft carrier) in Golden Gate Park, it's a perfect stopoff during a ramble through the park. Collections of particular note are from Africa and Oceania, though their modern painting and Meso-American art collections have some strong pieces as well.
I love the museum, everything about it is great. It offers an amazing permanent collection, including African Art and South American. It has a nice photography and modern art collection. They bring really cool exhibitions. You can even take the elevator to the tower of the museum and view the Golden Gate Park from above. Really nice
In the verdant heart of Golden Gate Park, this art museum is an inspiring stop, whether you're looking for contemporary art from around the world or visiting just to see a special ground-breaking exhibition. Make sure you go up to the rooftop of the museum to see the botanical 'living roof' too. If you're hungry, the museum cafe ain't half bad.
I'm a member of FAM and I think it's completely worth it for the rotating exhibits at the De Young, even if the permanent collection is not terribly memorable. their latest collection by Keith Haring made a huge impression. the tower has an incredible view of the city, too.
One of the best places to see main stream art. They have a general admission $12 rate. This does not get you in the the featured exhibits which can be amazing. I would highly recommend it the space is amazing. I always leave feeling inspired.