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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  • This is an unique place to visit and I am glad my friend brought me here. The regularly changing street art is fascinating and very nicely done. Most topics are about the community and its struggles. ...  more »
  • Mexican Mission District on Balmy Alley is easily accessible via Bart (stop 24 Street then a 5/10 minutes walk). The alley small enough however, made famous by the wonderful murals (strongly social themes) that characterize it. More generally, the entire Mission District is full of murals (see also the other famous Clarion alley Allay 16 Street Bart station). This is somewhat degraded in the city so I recommend to visit absolutely day though so worth it to see a different tourist areas of San Francisco Embarcadero.
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  • The murals are mostly Spanish a d Latino influenced. Quite tacky. I would not classify them as street art. I was very disappointed to realise that only this short street had all the hype but it did no...  more »
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  • Love the street arts along here, unfortunately the area is not well taken care of. I am pretty sure the homeless are camping here as u can smell urine and etc as you walk along here. I believe the authority to should look into this and make this place a real tourist attraction.
  • One of my favorite stops in the city. I love the messages of the murals. There is so much that is expressed in this little alley. It represents the richness of the mission culture and how it wont go down without a fight. From the old to the new this alley is forever a beautiful gem!
  • This was a pleasant surprise, a lot of culture in one place, the murals are (some) very well made and can even make you really emotional! Beautiful place, also be sure to check out the whole neighborhood, it is truly one of a kind, bars, restaurants, cafés have so much going on!
  • Great alley and art without the "this place is someone's toilet" smell.
  • Some of the immigration/civil rights murals were too deep for me, but my fave was definitely Where the Wild Things Are. My friend loved the one with the juxtaposition between rich and poor. (Probably a good idea to not take us to art museums.) Anyway, Balmy Street kind of feels different because part of it is painted on people's garages. Feels safe during the daytime, idk about nighttime. Plus, I don't know how illuminated it would be.

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