San Francisco

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Along with being one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world, San Francisco is widely considered the cultural capital of Northern California, with outstanding museums and exhibition venues dedicated to art, science, design, and history.

The city has some of the oldest museums in the USA, such as The California Academy of Sciences founded only few years after the state became part of the Federation, and some of the newest and most innovative ones, such as the just expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Many museum buildings were renovated and technically upgraded after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Together with a diversified program of temporary exhibitions from its museums, San Francisco also hosts lively cultural festivals, such as the SF Design Week, and the SF International Arts Festival.

Cover photo by David Yu

museums in San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco - 55 Music Concourse Drive
closed on: Open all days except Thanksgiving and Christmas day
The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned science center in San Francisco which includes an aquarium, a natural history museum, and a planetarium
Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum

Mountain View - 1401 N Shoreline Blvd.
closed on: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Indipendence Day
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, is the world's largest museum dedicated to computers and computing devices
Contemporary Jewish Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco - 736 Mission Street
closed on: Wednesday and all major Jewish holidays
The Contemporary Jewish Museum - CJM in San Francisco, California, is a non-collecting institution committed to promoting Jewish art and creativity
De Young – Fine arts museums of San Francisco

De Young – Fine arts museums of San Francisco

San Francisco - 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
closed on: Mondays
The de Young is a museum in San Francisco, CA - mostly focused on American, African, and Oceanian art - housed in an iconic building by Herzog & de Meuron
Legion of Honor – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Legion of Honor – Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

San Francisco - Lincoln Park | 100 34th Avenue
closed on: Mondays
The Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in California, is focused on art and decorative arts from 2000 BC to the 20th century
Museum of Craft and Design | San Francisco

Museum of Craft and Design | San Francisco

San Francisco - 2569 Third Street
closed on: Monday
The Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco is one of the few museums in the US exclusively dedicated to contemporary design and works of craftsmanship
SFMOMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

SFMOMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco - 151 Third Street
closed on: Wednesdays
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, also known as SFMOMA, is a modern and contemporary art museum in the SoMA district of San Francisco, California
YBCA – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

YBCA – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

San Francisco - 701 Mission Street
closed on: Mondays
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ( YBCA), is a renowned center for contemporary art and culture, exhibitions and events in San Francisco's SoMA neighborhood

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San Francisco | SFMoMA expansion by Snøhetta

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Daniel Libeskind – the CJM museum in San Francisco

Daniel Libeskind – the CJM museum in San Francisco

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San Francisco | Amy Winehouse – exhibition at the CJM

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San Francisco | Peddy Mergui: Wheat is Wheat is Wheat

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