San Francisco may be seen as a global tech hub, but it's also a famously bohemian city known for spawning generations of artists, from the beat poets to figurative painters. With such a strong artistic legacy, here are a few ways to experience art in San Francisco.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—Vast Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
With a recently renovated building showcasing 33,000 works, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a must-see museum for all arts enthusiasts. Visitors come in droves to experience the fantastic collection, free public tours, and terrace views. Purchase advance tickets to avoid the long lines at this popular museum.
Legion of Honor Museum—Fine Art Housed in a Neoclassical Building
Art lovers shouldn't miss the Legion of Honor. This stately museum holds an impressive collection of European and Mediterranean works of art, showcased in a neoclassical building modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Since the museum is a popular weekend destination, you can avoid lines with advance tickets and get same-day entry to the de Young Museum, included.
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum—American and International Art in Golden Gate Park
Known as the de Young Museum, this lovely arts space in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is popular among locals and tourists. Find a sizable collection of American art from the 17th though the 20th century and a smaller collection of holdings from across the globe. You can book tickets before you arrive, to save time, and consider joining for a gallery tour.
Asian Art Museum—Showcasing Works from Across Asia
With a sizable collection spanning cultures, nations, and more than 6,000 years of artistic creation, the Asian Art Museum offers visitors a singular artistic and cultural experience. Visitors enjoy a range of art objects, from jade sculpture and paintings to textiles and porcelain. Remember to prebook your ticket for discounted admission.
Art in the Streets of San Francisco—From Murals to Artsy Neighborhoods
San Francisco has a well-deserved reputation as a creative hub. From the hippies to the beats, many generations of artists have come of age in the city. Consider walking tours of the old literary neighborhood, North Beach, or try an architecture tour of historic Union Square. Be sure to book tickets in advance to save a spot on these popular neighborhood walking tours.