The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia. Renowned architect Gae Aulenti oversaw the dramatic transformation of the building: it now features 40,000 square feet (3716 square meters) of gallery space, allowing the museum to better fulfill its mission of leading a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.
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 newly 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-story rain-forest dome, and the Hall of African Mammals. In addition to these educational gems, the museum features other natural history exhibits as well as exhibits about global warming. The Academy Cafe 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.
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.
If you want to know how a cable car works, the Cable Car Museum is the place to learn. The world's first cable car rests here and with it a concise explanation of how those little cable cars make their way up those famous San Francisco hills. In an underground viewing area, you can look at the system's enormous cable wheels, which pull 11 miles (18 kilometers) of cable at 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) per hour. Closely examine the steel cables, gears, and pulleys that bring this city's most famous transportation to life. Don't miss the gift shop, where you can purchase your very own length of used cable!
Habitot is an award-winning non-profit children's museum with hands-on, educational play areas geared towards the preschool crowd. Kids can pretend to be a veterinarian or a fire fighter, paint their own faces, and watch silk flowers fly through the air at the kid-safe wind-tunnel. Early walkers can even roam safely in a special gated area. Special classes and camps are offered for children aged 2-5 and also for their caregivers. Additionally, Habitot also has a toy and book-lending library. There is an elevator at their Allston Way entrance, and a lift for strollers and wheelchairs at the Kittredge entrance. Visit the website for parking suggestions, as street parking can be difficult.
LizLand is the artist Liz Mamorsky's labor of love. Built upon the foundations of Mamorsky's Victorian home after it was burnt to the ground in the year 2000, the studio and art gallery is home to Mamorsky's whimsical, contemporary artwork in a variety of media. Composed of Artbots born of reclaimed materials, unusual sculptures, drawings, miniatures and oil paintings, Mamorsky's vibrant and varied collection is the very definition of eclectic. Inspired by her penchant for the Organic Abstractionist style, LizLand itself seems to be a life-size recreation of her vividly colorful paintings. LizLand is open only during events and by appointment, so be sure to plan ahead and give Liz a call before stopping by.
This non-profit center features some of the best contemporary art in the entire country! Featuring artwork from around the world, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts has rotating exhibits and often hosts lectures. This center seeks to promote and expand contemporary art. For a real treat, make a reservation for a guided tour.
This unusual museum dedicated to ice cream stands out from the word go. Invoking a feeling of being in some fantastical land is what this museum does and truly achieves. Characterized by color, candy, jelly and gems this museum is all things childhood and fun. A range of fun activity areas full of interesting and interactive exhibits are there to give you a memorable time. Sprinkle pools, generous tastings, selfie perfect installations and interactive exhibits are some of the key features of this museum. You can avail of the private tour of the facility and have the place all to yourself and your dear ones. This museum is often frequented by celebrities and bumping into your favorite star in this place would truly be the icing on the cake (ice cream).