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de Young Museum, San Francisco

(4.3/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We only had a couple of hours but were able to take in both the Frank Stella exhibit and the Danny Lyon exhibit of his wonderful photographs and films, which were a strong social commentary. We also s...  more »
  • This museum is a gorgeous remodel and redesign of the previous. I love the open light architecture and high ceilings. I enjoy galleries of art work, sculpture, artifacts, and sculptures. There is quit...  more »
  • This is a lovely museum. The permanent collections are beautiful, and there are rotating 'visiting' exhibits, which are sometimes spectacular. The popular exhibits can be extremely crowded. It is loca...  more »
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  • I really like this museum, it looks like it is smaller than it is, but once you go inside everything just opens up. I've only been here two times so far, once for the whole museum and an exhibition and the second time for the Frank Stella and Danny Lyon exhibition. Both times I was really happy with the exhibitions and with the experience. The museum staff have all been friendly and helpful, and the exhibits much bigger than expected. Sometimes you go to an exhibit and what they have is a single room and it can be a little disappointing, however so far they really have set up each room well. I think that the snuff jars and the room with the tribal art or the African art as my favorite, I don't get to see art like that very often and they had a wide range of different art weapons, and furniture. Very large room. They have a good variety of things to see and photography as well. The museum itself is great too, with places you can sit outside and eat lunch or have some of the food trucks that they have outside. It's also near the Japanese Garden where you can walk around and take pictures. The Japanese garden isn't free but it's nice to see if you haven't already.
  • Amazing in house art collection and rotating exhibitions. Through my previous company we had to work with the museum to reserve space for evening events coinciding with new exhibits and they were always amazing to work with. Wonderful institution.
  • A fantastic museum! While a little confusing knowing what's available to view and which places are off limits, once you ask a few employees to get pointed in the right direction, the art work and history here is simply breathtaking! This place is a must go and must see! Will definitely be coming back here.
  • Fascinating structure with copper plating veneer on the exterior, a lookout tower with great 360 degree views of San Fran, and lots of interesting pottery/ancient artifacts.
  • A well organized and varied collection makes this an excellent place to appreciate a wide breadth of art styles and forms. The tower offers a pleasant view of the surrounding area. For those with backpacks, they are allowed, but must be carried at ones side while in the museum; however, the museum also offers a free coat and bag check for those who don't wish to carry around their bags.