The de Young Museum is a fine arts museum that opened in Golden Gate Park in 1895. The new building that opened in 2005 is designed using perforated copper for the façade to mimic its surrounding park area. The museum showcases American art dating back to the 17th century to modern times. It also exhibits Art, Textiles, Ceramics and more from the Pacific and Africa. One can also find exhibits of contemporary international art here.
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One of the main art museums in the city based within the park and featuring a free observation tower! Very modern and the building's huge however most exhibitions are ticketed and there isn't as much to see as other similar large art museums. Sadly we were a week early for the big summer exhibition so we skipped the exhibitions and had lunch in the cafe and visited the observation tower. Check what's on before visiting and if you head into the park definitely visit the observation tower! 🌁
Parking can be limited on the weekends so take a Lyft. Go up into the tower. It's free. Subscribe today and become a member and support the arts. Summer evenings there is a full bar and live music every Friday night. Party on!
$15 is a pretty good deal for the wide selection of exhibits you get to see. The building itself is very nice with a cool layout. Observation tower is a nice touch before or after you've been looking at the art.
Lots of different attractions to visit if you have lots of time. We were limited to time so we decided on the De Young Museum. Lots of art work to see. Adult fee was $15 per person. Children 17 and under are free. We recommend parking in the structures. Street parking is also available but beware of theft in the area. Park in a high traffic area if possible.
A very beautiful museum. Definitely one of the to go to in SF. If you've gone once you've seen a solid permanent collection with worldwide pieces of different cultures. I feel some pieces are much more interesting than others. Apart from that there are other exhibits (non-permanent ones) that I feel are very well chosen. I've had very gratifying experiences on the non-permanent exhibits. The store is lovely. Usual beautiful, colorful yet expensive stock. And the cafeteria is delicious yet with simple dishes.