5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
Explore one of San Francisco’s most distinguished art collections at the de Young Museum, situated in lovely Golden Gate Park. Wander through the museum’s spectacular permanent displays of paintings, sculpture and artifacts from the Americas, Africa and Oceania, and upgrade to include the audio tour and access to the top-tier Special Exhibitions. Head up to the Hamon Observation Tower to admire stunning views of San Francisco, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge!

Highlights

  • Admission to the de Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
  • Enjoy a staggering permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photography and textiles from around the world
  • Upgrade to take the audio tour and gain entrance to the Special Exhibitions, which have included Impressionist masterpieces and ancient Egyptian artifacts
  • Admire the Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco landmarks from the Hamon Observation Tower

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This museum features top-notch special exhibits -- everything from Chihuly to King Tut to Dutch masters, even Yves Saint Laurent gowns. There's always something new and extraordinary to be discovered at the de Young.

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What You Can Expect

de Young Museum Admission

Enjoy Amazing Views from the Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck

The most-visited art museum west of the Mississippi, San Francisco’s de Young Museum houses a vast permanent collection of art in a distinctive copper-clad structure in Golden Gate Park. Exploring the museum at your leisure, marvel at important American paintings, sculptures and decorative objects from the 17th century to the present, as well as fascinating pottery, woodcarvings and other decorative objects from South America, Africa and New Zealand.

Delve deeper by touring the museum’s rotating exhibits of photography, textiles and graphic arts. The collection includes Japanese prints, photos of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and couture designs by Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.

Recharge at the de Young Café, offering views of the museum’s sculpture garden and menu items tied to the themes of current Special Exhibitions. Browse the intriguing selection of publications, home goods, toys and crafts at the museum’s stores, and don’t miss the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands from the 144-foot-tall (44-meter) Hamon Observation Tower.

Upgrade: Audio Tour or Special Exhibitions
Enhance your de Young Museum experience with the fascinating audio tour, suitable for both adults and children. Or you can choose to enjoy entrance to the highly anticipated Special Exhibitions, a staple at the de Young. Past exhibitions have showcased masterpieces by Picasso and Van Gogh, provocative costumes by designer Jean Paul Gaultier and priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was endless, a great surprise... Tower excellent, the beat view ever of all of San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The flower show was spectacular!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Actually, I had meant to get tickets for the David Hockney exhibit, but, by accident just bought those for the general admission. But I was very pleasantly surprised when, as we peeked at the rooms of the D.H. exhibit, bordering the rest of the museum, an employee (commissioner?) asked me if I wasn't interested in seeing the exhibit. I told him what had happened and he gave me and my husband "staff" passes to see the special exhibit. What a nice gesture! We were delighted!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Terrific!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Took two friends from Galveston to the deYoung to see the David Hockney show. It was great, as is the entire museum, including the amazing tower with its enormous view. The tickets were a bargain and worked out well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I was really surprised how much I loved this museum. Don't just come for the special exhibits (but if you do, you'll want to come early, this is a really popular place!), the whole museum is incredible and a lot bigger and more varied than you might expect.

We wandered through all the lower galleries admiring the cool modern sculptures and a very powerful photography exhibit on the ravages of wartime--absolutely captivating and timely. After the special exhibit and everything downstairs, we ventured upstairs and were blown away! There was so much to see that we opted to take a break for lunch (the cafe is crazy delicious--veal croquettes--I'll say no more). Everything from period furnishings, amazing textiles, Colonial portraits, entire galleries devoted to cultural arts, I couldn't snap enough pictures or contain my ooh and aahs!

I had hoped to visit the Legion of Honor in the same day, but visiting the DeYoung (especially if you're an art lover) is worth having a day to itself. I can't recommend this museum highly enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Great museum in a fabulous location! This is one of my favorite places in San Francisco and I can highly recommend a visit. The art and special exhibitions are always stunning and intriguing, plus the museum itself is one of the most unique buildings in the city. Located right in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the de Young is a must see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

I went and saw the Girl with a Pearl Earring exhibit here and it was great! If you love art at all you should definitely visit the de Young Museum while in SF.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The DeYoung is a beautiful museum in a great location in Golden Gate Park! I loved all the art and the special exhibit on Dutch masters. Don't miss going up the tower for a wonderful view of San Francisco.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

We had such a great Friday night! We were lucky to catch the last weekend of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and heard some great live music after walking through the galleries. Next time, I'll definitely aim for another special event. I also loved the observation tower - it's the best way to see Golden Gate Park from above and much more!
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