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.
Built in 1922, The Castro Theatre is San Francisco's only remaining movie palace. When it's not hosting film festivals, this 1400-seat house runs a repertory calendar heavy on film classics; there is no better place to see The Wizard of Oz. The interior reflects the elegance of a bygone era with its red velvet seats and walls that feature molded plaster and fresco detailing. The fanciful ceiling, from which an imposing art deco chandelier hangs, is designed to evoke the interior of a Bedouin tent. A mighty Wurlitzer organ plays between evening shows and completes the antique feel of the theater.
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.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art houses a permanent collection of over 15,000 works, including more than 4,700 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and 9,000 plus 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 exciting features including a living wall, sculpture garden and impressive views of Yerba Buena Gardens.
Located in Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is one of the greenest buildings in the city and has a platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The museum features the renovated and expanded Steinhart Aquarium, complete with a hands-on tide pool and the well-known alligator swamp. Other exciting features are the Morrison Planetarium, the four-storey rainforest dome, and the Tusher African Hall. In addition to these educational gems, the museum features other natural history exhibits as well as exhibits about global warming. The Academy Café offers international cuisine, while the elegant Moss Room restaurant is the only dining option available in the park past museum closing time.
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.
Montgomery Gallery is an international art gallery that deals with 19th and 20th century European and American art works. Special attention is paid to the art of California and other unique master pieces. The entire collection available here spans Impressionist, Modernist and Contemporary works. Montgomery Gallery brings buyers and sellers together at different levels. You can have a private showing of their collected works on the web in the comfort of your home.
Taube Center is the home of concerts and major events for Notre Dame de Namur University. The auditorium has hosted a couple concerts like Out Of the Box, A Light Night Music, Camerata and many more. The spacious seating and fine sound quality, will make your visit more fruitful here. Check their website to know more about upcoming plays and concerts.
Located in Saint Mary's College of California’s campus, LeFevre Theatre is a performing arts center. With state-of-the-art sound and light systems, they host dramas, musicals and other cultural programmes. Along with academic programmes on performing arts, they offer camps and workshops to students so they can immerse themselves in creativity.
The Royce Gallery is a venue for a number of performing arts. If you want to shake a leg you can enroll for workshops at the Tap Dance Room. In the past, events like Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Hamlet and a lot more have taken place. They also offer rental spaces for private events.
Named in honor of the college's former coach and baseball legend, Louis Guisto Field opened in 2012. Enclosed by pine trees with the hills as a backdrop, this baseball field replaced its namesake arena. The base of Saint Mary's College of California's Gael baseball team, it is a great place to catch all the action of the home team.