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The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Home to over thousands of treasures spanning 6000 years of history, the museum serves as a portal to the rich artistic cultures throughout Asia. Renowned architect Gae Aulenti oversaw the dramatic transformation of the building, which now features a massive gallery space. This majestic destination leads a diverse global audience towards the exploration of the unique, aesthetic and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.
Il San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ospita una collezione permanente composta da oltre 15.000 opere, tra le quali più di 4.700 dipinti, sculture, opere su carta e oltre 9.000 fotografie. Inaugurato nel 1995, il museo ha esposto le opere di Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Dorothea Lange, Paul Klee, Cindy Sherman, Matthew Barney e molti artisti contemporanei. Progettato dall'architetto svizzero Mario Botta, l’edificio stesso è una meraviglia architettonica da ammirare. Dopo un’estesa ristrutturazione, completata nel 2016, il SFMOMA vanta ora sette piani di opere d'arte oltre a elementi interessanti come un muro vivente, un giardino di sculture e una vista impressionante sui giardini Yerba Buena.
The first thing you will learn here is that the fanciful polychrome paint jobs on San Francisco's Victorians are a recent invention. This turreted-and-gabled gingerbread fantasy is a uniform and authentic shade of gray. Inside, this large house still feels like the family home that it was from 1886 to 1972, with rooms covered in expensive wood paneling, embossed wallpapers and featuring marble fireplaces. Guided tours leave every 20-30 minutes and last about an hour.
Located across from Ghirardelli Square and housed in a 1930s building that resembles a ship, this museum chronicles maritime history with photographs and interesting displays. However, the real attraction here are the WPA-era murals that have been recently restored. Visitors will be delighted by the historic and vivid artwork. Hours vary with the different attractions within the park. The Visitor Center is located at 499 Jefferson Street and the Maritime Museum is at 900 Beach Street.
A penny for your thoughts? In addition to a melange of penny structures, this quirky, offbeat museum has a variety of interesting gadgets and knick-knacks. A must-see is the toothpick amusement park, built by San Quentin inmates. Bring a handful of quarters to Musée Mécanique so you can play some of the antique games, including the miniature pinball machines. Visiting the museum is free of charge.
Situata nel Golden Gate Park, l’Accademia delle scienze della California (California Academy of Sciences) è uno degli edifici più ecologici della città e ha ottenuto la certificazione di platino dal Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Il museo ospita il rinnovato e ampliato Acquario Steinhart, completo di una vasca interattiva per le maree e della ben nota palude degli alligatori. Altre attrazioni interessanti sono il planetario Morrison, la cupola a quattro piani della foresta pluviale e la Tusher African Hall. Oltre a queste magnifiche installazioni dedicate alla conoscenza, il museo presenta altre esposizioni di storia naturale e mostre sul riscaldamento globale. Il bar Academy Café offre piatti di cucina internazionale, mentre l'elegante ristorante Moss Room rimane l’unica scelta disponibile nel parco per mangiare dopo l'orario di chiusura del museo.
Acting as a major cultural destination since 1895, the De Young Museum reopened in October 2005 in a facility designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The building is magnificent and from the observation tower you can get a great view of the park. It is open, airy and massive. It also has a perforated and embossed copper facade which goes very well with the greenery around the museum. The museum houses the world-renowned American Painting and Sculpture collection, dating from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. Primitive Art is highly represented with extraordinary pieces of Native American Art (from the ancient Teotihuacan City), African Art (statues and potteries) and Oceanic Art (shields, dance dress and masks). Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.
The Legion of Honor houses more than 87,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and tapestries. Some pieces date back 4000 years. The main floor is dedicated to the museum's permanent collection, much of which features the works of Rodin. European and ancient art are also on display at the Legion of Honor. The lower garden level features temporary exhibitions, ranging from Andy Warhol to Francis Bacon. Take a break in the museum cafe, which features light snacks and meals and has outdoor seating. The gift shop, though small, has a nice selection of postcards, books, posters, jewelry and some reproductions from this and other fine arts museums. Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month.