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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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  • Great setting in Lincoln Park . .. "above" the G G Bridge Constantly rotating exhibits (world-class) and a nice cafe.  more »
  • Me working as exhibition designer in Mexico City for the Museum of Fine Arts, it was such a pleasure to go to this museum and see their wonders. I really enjoyed it, I just wished it was closer from w...  more »
  • The Legion of Honor museum is situated on beautiful grounds with great views in every direction. The museum itself was somewhat small. I was there for the Degas collection which was nice but limited i...  more »
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  • Legion of Honor has exceeded all expectations with the Monet Early Years exhibit. Myself and guests found the exhibit to be beautifully and lovingly organized and displayed. The flow evoked wonder and joy as we were led from masterpiece to masterpiece. The exhibit is a stroll through Monet's creations that exceeded all my expectations. More then that, it surrounds you with the miracle and infinite variety of his skill, and transports you into his world. The informative plaques and audio commentaries are filled with wonderful and lovingly researched details that brought Monet's paintings to life. His presence is felt throughout the exhibit as if he were a joyous and yet humble docent. Thank you Legion of Honor!
  • Really great experience for myself and my family. Went to see the Early Years Monet exhibit. Fantastic. I didn't realize the Legion such a large collection of art. I was able to get through all the galleries with my elderly mother who uses a walker. My girls, 9 and 11, found interesting pieces in each gallery. Cafe was good too.
  • GREAT museum with excellent Flemish and Dutch classic paintings, including Rembrandt, Hals. Also Monet in regular collection plus current exhibit. Special exhibits worth seeing but very crowded on weekends. Be very careful about the parking lot! Take valuables with you especially rental car users. I have seen smash and grabs here, the police say it's common. Better to park in a regular neighborhood and take the 18 bus or walk. A must see museum of international stature
  • Love Rodin, of course. Went specifically for Degas... the audio tour only has 20 audio explanations. I think they could have included many more to help the visitor understand the Impressionists of their period.
  • Beautiful museum with a solid collection. They've assembled a range of styles and mediums providing something for almost everyone. From the Legion's parking lot (next to the Holocaust Memorial) you can get a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Give yourself at least 3 hours to view the collection.

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