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Legion of Honor, San Francisco
(4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The Legion of Honor does a fantastic job with special exhibitions. Twice I've visited for these special viewings and appreciated the thought that went into the display to ensure it flowed well and to ...  more »
  • For those interested in art, good collection of European art and traveling exhibits, (and some ancient art and ceramics) well displayed. Good Rodin collection. Nice cafeteria with outdoor seating. 
  • When in town, if there's a special exhibition here, I usually make time to attend. This time it was for the Brothers Nain, French artists of the 17th century who painted collectively as well as on the...  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.