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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
Perched on the headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge is the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. This unique art museum is one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures, and its spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the impressive French neoclassical building. Explore an extensive collection of European paintings and sculptures, ancient Mediterranean art and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West, and upgrade to enjoy the audio tour or gain entrance to the fascinating Special Exhibits.

Highlights

  • Admission to the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco
  • Admire the building’s stunning exterior – a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris
  • Browse an extensive collection of European and Mediterranean art
  • This hidden SF gem has smaller crowds, so you get more space to explore at your leisure
  • Upgrade to enjoy an audio tour or entrance to the Special Exhibits

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Legion of Honor is a hidden gem worth the visit with its exceptional exhibits and lovely location at Land's End. If you visit on a weekend, be sure to stay for the 4pm performance of the pipe organ as it mimics orchestral instruments such as the English horn, clarinet, French horn and oboe.

What You Can Expect

Legion of Honor Museum Admission

See One of the 28 Original Casts of Rodin's The Thinker

With your admission ticket in hand, head to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (known informally as the Legion of Honor), located in Lincoln Park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, where the Pacific spills into San Francisco Bay. A gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco in the early 1900s, this stunning building is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur along the Seine in Paris, and its epic location makes this hidden gem one of the city’s greatest treasures.

Explore the museum’s extensive collection of more than 124,000 works of art, including European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West. The permanent collection reflects a history of patronage by its founders, whose focus was 18th- and 19th-century French art.

Don’t miss one of the 28 original casts of Rodin's The Thinker statue and the must-see Salon Doré of the Hôtel de la Trémoille exhibit, reopening in the fall of 2013. This is one of the finest examples of French neoclassical interior architecture in the world.

Be sure to bring your camera, because after your time at the museum, you can walk a bit down the road for incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands in the distance.

Upgrade: Audio Tour or Special Exhibits
Upgrade to include the audio tour at the Legion of Honor for a more in-depth experience, or enjoy entrance to its fascinating Special Exhibits.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A stunning building containing a stunning art classic art collection. The café is very nice too.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The tour was as described and the Legion of Honor as always had a good exhibit. However the ticket I printed on line from you was no end of trouble. We had to speak with four different people and no noe recognized or knew what the ticket was even thought it contained a bar code. They finally let us in and
still did not know it included an audio tour but eventually did let us have it.

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