A Look at Art Destinations in San Francisco

by Jules on February 7, 2013

San Francisco, California, is a big bustling city full of things to do. It’s a very popular spot for tourists, especially those who are art enthusiasts. It is home to some of America’s best art galleries and museums. Whether you’re an artist yourself, a collector, or just an art admirer, San Francisco will keep you thoroughly entertained.

Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor museum is especially interesting for those who enjoy European art. The Legion of Honor hosts an outstanding collection of European and ancient art that spans more than 6,000 years, featuring work from artists such as Degas and Monet. The museum is located in Lincoln Park in northwest San Fran. There’s not only art inside the building, but all over the outside grounds as well. As soon as you arrive, you are greeted by outside statues such as ‘The Thinker’ by Auguste Rodin and ‘El Cid’ by Anna Hyatt Huntington. You can save on the admission to the Legion of Honor by taking a discount coupon with you when go and you can print your voucher now.

De Young Museum

Also a part of San Francisco’s historic art galleries is the De Young Museum. It is currently the 16th most visited museum in the world, and the 4th most visited museum in America. The museum boasts a varied art collection, including paintings, photography, drawings, sketches, sculptures, glasswork, and more.

De Young has 3 different levels you can visit. The Concourse Level is accessed through the main entrance of the building. It features several collections, including Art of the Americas, Contemporary 20th Century Art, and Native American Art. There’s also a cafe on this level, and access to the sculpture garden. The next level, the Exhibition Level, is directly below the Concourse Level. The main focus of the Exhibition level is the Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries. You can access this part of the museum via the underground garage. The third and final level is the Upper Gallery Level, which is above the Concourse Level. You can gain access to the observation floor here, and also check out collections such as Africa, Textiles, 20th Century American Art, and Oceania.

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre is in the Marina District of San Francisco, and was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, to exhibit works of art. The original plan was to tear down the Palace of Fine Arts once the exhibitions were over. However, the city developed such an attachment to it that they decided to keep it. In 1964, most of it was torn down and reconstructed, as the original structure required too much upkeep and maintenance. Today, the Palace of Fine Arts is a popular tourist attraction. It’s even home to many weddings and wedding parties throughout the year.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or MOMA, is a nonprofit modern art museum. It was founded in 1935 and, until 1995, occupied the fourth floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building. The fascinating collection of modern and contemporary art is internationally recognized, making this a popular art attraction for people all over the world. Even those who aren’t normally a fan of modern art have enjoyed their visit to MOMA. There’s always many new and exciting exhibitions taking place, including work from modern artists such as Jasper Johns and Jay Defeo. A visit to the Museum of Modern Art is a great excuse to make a day of it – There are plenty of shops and places to eat around the museum, so you can spend as much time as you need in the area.

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