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de Young Museum, San Francisco

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Rebuilt after an earthquake, de Young Museum can resist seismic shaking with its striking twisted tower. This modern complex in Golden Gate Park holds collections of American and contemporary international art. Archives of American art dating back to the 17th century, including textiles and costumes, make the museum exceptional. Textiles come from as far away as Turkey, and the costumes showcase early fashions from designers such as Christian Dior. Add de Young Museum to your San Francisco travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.
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  • I enjoyed the Stuart Davis exhibition much more than the summer of love exhibition. The summer of love exhibition was boring. It was just endless posters, one room would have been enough. There wasn't...  more »
  • I went with my family to see the Oscar de la Renta exhibition. It was wonderfully curated. Everyone was enjoying this exhibition. My husband stayed outside by the park with my young son. Afterwards, w...  more »
  • This museum was far from my hotel, I used Uber pool for $7, to get there. Arriving at the museum I found out there was a typo on there web site and the exhibit I was planning to see had closed. The mu...  more »
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  • One of the main art museums in the city based within the park and featuring a free observation tower! Very modern and the building's huge however most exhibitions are ticketed and there isn't as much to see as other similar large art museums. Sadly we were a week early for the big summer exhibition so we skipped the exhibitions and had lunch in the cafe and visited the observation tower. Check what's on before visiting and if you head into the park definitely visit the observation tower! 🌁
  • Parking can be limited on the weekends so take a Lyft. Go up into the tower. It's free. Subscribe today and become a member and support the arts. Summer evenings there is a full bar and live music every Friday night. Party on!
  • $15 is a pretty good deal for the wide selection of exhibits you get to see. The building itself is very nice with a cool layout. Observation tower is a nice touch before or after you've been looking at the art.
  • A very beautiful museum. Definitely one of the to go to in SF. If you've gone once you've seen a solid permanent collection with worldwide pieces of different cultures. I feel some pieces are much more interesting than others. Apart from that there are other exhibits (non-permanent ones) that I feel are very well chosen. I've had very gratifying experiences on the non-permanent exhibits. The store is lovely. Usual beautiful, colorful yet expensive stock. And the cafeteria is delicious yet with simple dishes.
  • Lots of different attractions to visit if you have lots of time. We were limited to time so we decided on the De Young Museum. Lots of art work to see. Adult fee was $15 per person. Children 17 and under are free. We recommend parking in the structures. Street parking is also available but beware of theft in the area. Park in a high traffic area if possible.