Balmy Alley Murals, San Francisco

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Colorful scenes line a block-long alley affectionately known as Balmy Alley Murals. The first murals popped up in 1972, and the collection expanded throughout the 1980s as part of a foundation-funded project with emphasis on Central American cultures. The colorful illustrations depict a number of social and political issues, including human rights outrage, gentrification, the Nicaraguan revolution, the Guatemalan civil war, and Hurricane Katrina; scenes are always changing. Walk the alley on your own or with a local touring company. Nearby you'll also find many restaurants and stores. Add Balmy Alley Murals to your San Francisco travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Francisco trip builder tool .
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  • Worth knowing the art exposed to open in the streets of the Latin quarter. Many panels have expressed the point of view of migrants and their descendants on the discriminatory treatment they receive from the police.
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  • Balmy Alley is located at Mission District and it is quite interesting to stroll through the short alley. Some of the paintings are bright and colorful really amazing. It is lovely to see. A living ar...  more »
  • When planning my trip to San Francisco, I had this on my list of things to do. With time running short I forgot about Balmy Alley and prioritized other sites, however our group happened past it. I was...  more »
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  • Worthwhile visiting to view the painted murals in the alley and in nearby streets. Many of the murals are political in nature and I enjoyed trying to work out the messages as well as enjoying the art. Parking is difficult though. I went on a Sunday afternoon and spent 10 minutes driving around until I found street parking nearby.
  • Best murals ever, great collection at affordable prices, great and friendly people and great stories of resistance from corporate and state encouragement to the lives of regular citizens. It is a must to visit the famous Balmy for a reality tour in San Francisco.
  • Beautiful walk in the wonderful city of San Francisco for those who appreciate street art. The district is also very beautiful to walk around
  • This picturesque alley have a nice collection of graffiti panels showing the rich cultural background of the Hispanic neighborhood.
  • Impressive artistic murals. Some with an open eye for the difficulties of the common people. Thank you Mujeres Murales!

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