de Young Museum, San Francisco

4.4
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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. Our San Francisco trip planner makes visiting de Young Museum and other San Francisco attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Just saw the Frida Kahlo exhibit on the 14th October. Not interested in commenting on the exhibit itself. You either like her or you don't. It felt dangerous to be there. While they control the...  more »
  • I took my young son. It’s a beautiful building with beautiful art inside, it was a bit difficult to manage a young child and keep him interested but there was a lot of space thanks to the limited...  more »
  • Worth the difficulty of setting there. A word to those arriving by auto: do not leave anything visible in your car as the odds are that you window will be broken and your things stolen.  more »
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  • The De Young museum is located on the edge of Golden Gate Park adjacent to the California Academy of Sciences. It us situated in a beautiful courtyard with 3 majestic fountains and beautiful landscaping. The De Young features a free lookout point at the very top of the building, which is a beautiful modern copper structure, a piece of art in itself. Featuring great variety of rotating exhibits and a vibrant permanent collection. Very much worth checking out and at a reasonable price, especially for students. Would definitely recommend.
  • I love the De Young Museum because, when I get into the quieter galleries, the museum has the feel of the "traditional" museums where it's hushed, and I can wander from gallery to gallery in that quiet atmosphere. It's nostalgic to me. (These comments are similar to the comments I made for the Legion of Honor.) I love it enough that I have decided to become a member. Special exhibits come and go; it's the permanence of the De Young that draws me in.
  • Super big museum. Free on a specific day of the first week of the month check fun cheap sf. Nice art, easy to walk and get lost in all the beauty. In the heart of golden gate park so you can picnic before or after the museum. Very beautiful building and atmosphere. I highly recommend.
  • We had a great day looking at amazing art and culture. If you have some spare time in San Francisco the head off to the de Young Museum. You won't regret it While there I recommend you head to the museum's cafe. The food and service was great which made our day.
  • Though we had lived in the Bay Area for a couple of years at one point, we never managed to visit this place. It is located in Golden Gate Park across a large plaza from the natural history museum. There is a huge parking deck underground beneath the plaza. You can also park along the nearby roads. Initially we had trouble locating how to enter the de Young Museum. It is a large modern-type structure, but there are no signs. We saw a lot of people entering at the extreme left but that turned out to be their cafe. The main entry is in the center-right through a passageway. The ticket lady was very friendly and helpful. Per her suggestion, we started in their 9-story tower for views, which was nice. It is high enough to make the views worthwhile. We next descended and went to the temporary Gauguin exhibit. It was okay; I was sorry the Monet exhibit had closed a month ago, as I'd probably have preferred that. It appears they have frequent traveling exhibits, though. We then checked out at least part of the permanent collection, which was also okay. There is also a sculpture garden located at either end of the museum, which was interesting. If you are even marginally interested in art, this is a worthwhile stop.

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