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Top museum recommendations from locals

Art Museum
“The de Young often features traveling exhibits from all over the world. It's in a fantastic modernist building which has a tower that you can go up (free of charge) for a great view of Golden Gate Park and the surrounding city.”
  • 483 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum in this part of the country to show only modern art. There are currently more than 29,000 pieces of work on display including paintings, sculptures, photographs and architecture”
  • 312 locals recommend
Science Museum
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“Perfect place for animal and nature lovers alike! You're guaranteed to pop a smile amidst the aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, rain forest, and home to 40,000 live animals — all under one living roof. Home to a Bay Area's celebrity albino alligator, Claude! ”
  • 457 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Great place for kids! Offers immersive science exhibits that are creative and educational! Local favorite! Check out the Late Night Days which offer adult friendly fun with cocktails available.”
  • 236 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum has one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world - it's worth a visit!”
  • 103 locals recommend
History Museum
“Learn the history of the cable cars and see the cables that pull the cars up and down the hills. This is a working site and lots of fun to see for adults and children.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Garden
“The Conservatory of Flowers is Golden Gate Park's Victorian-era glass greenhouse has more than 2,000 species of plants & flowers.”
  • 126 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum makes me feel like I'm in Europe. I did many art classes in here copying old masters pieces of arts.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“A must see in Golden Gate Park. If you're an early riser, it's free in the mornings! ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Art Museum
“ 4000 years of ancient & European art in a beaux arts building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Legion of Honour, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting with dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean. The Legion’s rich collection, approximately 250 paintings on view present a survey of artistic accomplishments by Europe’s leading masters, such as Claude Monet. The Ancient Art collection contains splendid examples of art from these early civilisations, spanning more than 5,000 years, ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Museum
“So, locals usually avoid Fisherman's Wharf, but this is actually a great reason to go. Musée Mécanique is an awesome old school arcade with antique games and fun for everyone. My kids are always excited to visit! (Afterward, walk across the way to Boudin!)”
  • 62 locals recommend
Museum
“Dedicated to the life and work of Walt Disney, creator of some of America’s most beloved animation including Mickey Mouse, this museum is housed in a historic building in the Presidio. Contemporary interactive galleries and state-of-the-art exhibits are narrated in Walt's own voice, and feature early drawings, cartoons, movies, music, listening stations, more than 200 video screens and a spectacular model of Disneyland. While you're there, enjoy daily screenings of Disney movie classics.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A newly-renovated science museum with a living roof, planetarium and aquarium in Golden Gate Park.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Located in the heart of Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents cutting-edge, contemporary visual art, performances, film/video and community engagement programs that celebrate innovation and experimentation by local, national and international artists working today. Distinguished by its support for contemporary artists from around the world, YBCA is also recognized for the important role the organization plays in the San Francisco Bay Area arts ecology and in the community at large. Artistically, YBCA is decidedly “cutting edge,” presenting and exhibiting work by artists who are pushing the boundaries of their art in form and/or content.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“Casual bar on divis with lots of local art on the wall. Popular with locals.”
  • 30 locals recommend