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Legion of Honor, San Francisco

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Housed inside an impressive Beaux-Arts building, Legion of Honor is the home of many works of European and Mediterranean art. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on paintings and decorative art from ancient to modern times. You can enjoy works by famous masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, or Picasso; see Roman and Greek pieces; or admire the collection of statues, starting with Rodin’s "The Thinker" in front of the museum building. The museum also boasts one of the largest collections of works on paper in North America, and displays various special exhibits. You can opt for a self-guided audio tour, join a guided tour without any additional fees, or book a private tour by telephone or online. To visit Legion of Honor on your trip to San Francisco, use our San Francisco trip generator.
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  • Come early and enjoy the art. When I visited, I arrived ~15 min after opening and the majority of the people were visiting the Monet exhibit (which has timed tickets). There were very few people perus...  more »
  • Just went to this wonderful exhibit of early works of Claude Monet. If you are even mildly interested in Monet and especially if you're a fan as we are of his art, this is a must see exhibit. Several ...  more »
  • The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's world-class museums. For me, it's my favorite museum, and I also like the de Young in Golden Gate Park.  more »
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  • A substantial collection of European art including decorative arts. There are always beautifully done special exhibits pertaining to arts and fashion. There are frequent docent tours who are willing to give you more knowledge and insights on pieces. Be sure to check out Salon Dore, a salon fully restored to reflect the way it was at the time with creaking wooden floors, brocade upholstery and crystal chandelier.
  • Perched on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, I am not sure what I like more about the Legion of Honor: the architecture of the building itself, location and views, countless Rodin sculptures.....or as a location for Hitchcock's Vertigo!! It is wonderful place to soak up some culture and then go for a hike. Don't forget a jacket though....
  • Absolutely fantastic place to spend a few hours. Very well organized, categorized by time period. Very interesting place to see art over the ages. Gorgeous statues, paintings, carvings, and other art (tea sets, armoires, desks, globes, porcelain, books). There is a rotating display, I got to see an Egyptian exhibit today with real mummies, ancient art and a modern CT scan of a mummies internals. They had a show with someone playing an antique organ (instrument), great music that you can hear throughout the museum.
  • Amazing and accessible collection. Nice, polite, helpful staff. Nice cafe. The grounds and building are works of art themselves.
  • Small but incredibly beautiful, if not most beautiful museum in SF. They have a huge Rodin exhibit, and several great Monet paintings. Fantastic architecture and view of the bridge.