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With a name like Institute of Illegal Images, this place has drawn quite some attention in form of FBI raids and trails. Privately owned by Mark McCloud, the largest known LSD blotter art collection, this museum is on display in his Victorian home in the Mission District. Apart from the quirky, humorous and vast collection, McCloud also maintains a great selection of apothecary bottles and antiques. Definitely worth a visit!
Young creativity is blossoming inside this space-age glass and metal cone. The Children's Creativity Museum is the place for budding kid and teen artists to hone their skills while also discovering new ones. Visual, media and performing artists are always on hand to interact with the museum's visitors. Children are encouraged to help with projects, including stop-motion animation, digital photography, and the cutting-edge, new media form of web casting. Do not miss the Charles Loof carousel (circa 1906); its hand-carved wooden animals have been restored to their original baroque perfection. There is also a theater on the premises used for various performances of different genres that stem outside the children's genre. This place is wonderful fun for the whole family.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art houses a permanent collection of over 15,000 works, including 4,700 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and 9,000 photographs. Originally opened in 1995, the museum has exhibited the works of Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothea Lange, Paul Klee, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney and many contemporary artists. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, the space itself is a wonder to behold. After a major renovation completed in 2016, the SFMOMA now boasts seven floors of art along with exiting new features including a living wall, sculpture garden and impressive views of Yerba Buena Gardens.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, commonly known as GLBTHS, is a reservoir of artifacts, photographs and documents that speak of the history of the GLBT communities of Bay Area, San Francisco and Northern California. There are archives of unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and photographs of the GLBT groups that reveal how they used to live in the past. The museum also displays the costumes used by such members and their leaders. GLBTHS is a very good repository of facts and stories that serve as an excellent research material for interested people like filmmakers and writers.
A treasure trove of archival material covering all aspects of the performing arts in San Francisco, from the Gold Rush to the present is what you can expect to find here. The collection at Museum of Performance & Design contains more than two million items includes audio and video tapes of performances, newspaper clippings, playbills, programs, and photographs. It is geared towards the performing arts professional, but it is open without charge to performing arts lovers from all walks of life. This facility also sponsors exhibitions and programs, such as opera divas in conversation. The Library is closed on Saturdays that fall before a national holiday.
Founded in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents scholarly and artistic programs that explore the Jewish spirit and imagination. The museum offers contemporary views and Jewish perspectives on culture, history and art, with programs reflecting global ideas that tie to the past and remain relevant to all people today. World-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind was commissioned for the project. The 63,000 square foot museum provides a welcoming space where people from all backgrounds may encounter, celebrate and debate artistic forms of all varieties.
San Francisco Railway Museum embodies San Francisco's transportation history with everything from a reconstructed portion of a Market St. Railway Co. 100-class street-car to cable car note cards designed by local artists. Enjoy pictures of the famous ferry-building street-car loop, fare boxes and a Wiley birdcage traffic signal, which allows attendees to see how intersections were patrolled over 100 years ago. Striving to be an interactive museum, knowledgeable docents give talks and answer questions while a resourceful database with an audio & video touch screen is on hand to further educate. If the J-street cars or Powell street trolley cars have always been of interest to you, then enter this museum, which explains their evolution and continues to pave their future.