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Sightseeing and landmarks in San Francisco

Art museums

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.”
  • 473 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”
  • 316 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Asian Art Museum houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old.”
  • 97 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.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Amazing museum full of historical art, sculptures, statues, and all sorts of amazing things. This is a big museum and will take several hours to see everything. Its one of my favorites since I learned art history here.”
  • 43 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
“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.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Museum
“Randall Museum of science and nature in San Francisco offers live animal exhibits, classes and activities in science and art for all ages. Free admission. A good place to take kids to”
  • 30 locals recommend

History museums

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.”
  • 79 locals recommend
History Museum
“The GLBT Historical Society Museum, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, is the first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in the United States. At 1,600 square feet (150 square meters), the museum, while small, packs a powerful punch, celebrating the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Take an audio tour of this authentic WWII submarine, now a National Historic Landmark. You will get to explore the entire submarine and learn what it was like for sailors aboard this vessel during wartime. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Experience the Presidio story from 10,000 years ago to the present through multi-media displays – including films, images, and artifacts. Free admissions from Tuesday thru Sunday. 2.5 miles away.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“If they are having a jazz concert, it will be old timers doing jazz that is well worth a visit. Definitely take Uber/Lyft directly to the front door-- this area can be shady. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“See how the famous San Francisco cable cars work in this barn/museum that controls the cables that run under the streets. The cable cars "grab" onto these cables - very cool to see how it all works.”
  • 4 locals recommend
History Museum
“@ The Wells Fargo Museum @ The Wells Fargo Museum is rare gem for history buffs. You will find this small museum in the Financial District. It features historical documents and displays related to the history of Wells Fargo and its important place in the banking business. You will also get the chance to see an original Abbot-Downing Concord Coach used on the Pony Express. This free museum takes about an hour to explore. Address:420 Montgomery Street in the Financial District Hours: Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm”
  • 4 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Located in the Plaza is the Historic Mint that survived the 1906 Earthquake & Fire!”
  • 3 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Park
“This is one my favorite areas to bike to, or have a picnic at. Spending a few hours by the beach, watching people outside, dogs running by and people exercising while taking in the views of the bay. Get there around noon and relax for a couple hours before making your way to lunch.”
  • 261 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The most famous street in downtown San Francisco. Great place for photos and to walk up + down. If you have a car, definitely drive down for a fun experience!”
  • 137 locals recommend
Park
“THE PRESIDIO: The Lyon Street Steps also are right next to our beautiful park, “The Presidio”. You can walk there, or catch the #43 “Masonic” bus on Masonic Street, right at the entrance to the park. It will take you into the Presidio. They have a big picnic day there on Sundays with lots of food trucks.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of our favorite sightseeing spots in the city is Sutro Baths! It's an old indoor pool that burned down and now leaves really cool ruins overlooking the ocean. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Park
“• 4 hour roundtrip, 20 minute walk from home - Nearby park with incredible views of SF - Walk through Haight Ashbury and pick up a drink/snack on the way there or back - Make sure to get to the very top to catch a 360 view of SF”
  • 116 locals recommend
Park
“Find your way to the rocky peak, and you'll be glad you did! Popular spot to bring dogs (there are fenced and non-fenced play areas), and the sport courts get lots of use on sunny days.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Park
“11+ acre park with amazing views of the city. Great playground, tennis courts.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“On a clear day, you can see forever-- you can see the whole city. Definitely bring a jacket for men on a sunny day the wind can put a San Francisco hill through your bones :-)”
  • 55 locals recommend

Historic sites

Farmers Market
“Market inside Ferry Building with a diverse selection of famous SF eateries: Hog Island Oyster Co, Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle, Miette and more.”
  • 453 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Grand 1920s movie palace! This is the place to catch vintage films, sing-a-longs (super popular!), film festivals, and the occasional live show/speaker.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break. One of 11 historic districts designated by the Department of City Planning, the area includes several bed and breakfast inns.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of our favorite sightseeing spots in the city is Sutro Baths! It's an old indoor pool that burned down and now leaves really cool ruins overlooking the ocean. ”
  • 138 locals recommend
Place to shop
“This checks the boxes for sightseeing and food all at once. Great restaurants, vendors and farmers selling vegetables on the weekends.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Ferry building houses many different restaurants and food stalls. A must visit to sample All The Foods!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Located almost directly under the Golden Gate the old Fort Point military base is now home to many businesses (Fort Point Brewing, House of Air, etc.) and a walkers paradise. Highly recommend venturing over to Fort Point.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Church
“Yes, there really is a Mission in the Mission district. Be sure to take a tour!”
  • 48 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Lovely new library with super city views. There are many computers to use and a printer. Or a great place to work for a few hours. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Library
“Local branch of the SF Public Library. Open to all. Great kids area downstairs and playground behind the library.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Library
“Feel free to use my library card on the kitchen counter and leave the books behind!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Library
“Our local library if you need a quiet place to research or use the internet etc.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Library
“Local library with grass to hang out on and kids activities as well as books!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“The first Noe Valley Branch building was built using a grant provided by Andrew Carnegie and featured a two-story building with a Spanish-style facade of brick and terra cotta. It was completed in 1916. In 2008 the branch was renovated and recognized with the Governor's Historic Preservation Award. The renovated Noe Valley Branch has also been hailed for its green features- lighting, low-water plants, and the use of recycled plastic materials. During the 1970s, Noe Valley residents built a deck and a community garden adjacent to the library. A nice place to relax and enjoy a book or just take a look around.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“55 acres of serene gardens showcasing diverse plants from around the world & a magnolia collection. Address: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Beautiful neighborhood library with a fun park behind. Park has two sections with climbing structures and equipment for 5-12 and under 5.”
  • 4 locals recommend
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