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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! 🌁
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.
Incredible art with a reasonable discount for students in a city that seems to forget we're on a tight budget. There was so much to see and quite a variety of exhibits from many different time periods. The presentation was fantastic, and the architecture of the building was also something to admire. I would caution against going on the first day of a show due to crowds, but it's definitely manageable if that kind of thing bothers you. Also, unless you want something specific to the exhibits, consider shopping elsewhere. The gift shop has quite a few things but almost all of it can be found for less other places.
The day we came, was early in the morning and the museum wasn't open. Of course the "typical" San Francisco weather, which is the fog, was upon us but burned off by early afternoon. We have been to this particular museum in the past and have always enjoyed their displays, which changes periodically, as new artifacts or exhibits arrive into this part of the country. On one of our many visits here in the past, we got a chance to see the "Tutankhamen Exhibit," which was fascinating just to view the coffin and learn about its rich history. We walked the grounds and discovered the many plants all over this park and observed a strange plant, which had enormous leaves and started a discussion as to its origins. But, to this day, we have never answered that question. There were also a few vendors in the center of the park selling their crafts. This is a very nice park to take the family to. Parking can get overwhelming at times so I would plan according if you come here and since this museum is next to the Japanese Tea Garden and across from The California Academy of Science, by noon, this place is pretty much inundated with vehicles trying to find parking spaces.