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Art Lover's Guide to San Francisco

Art Lover's Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco may be seen as a global tech hub, but it's also a famously bohemian city known for spawning generations of artists, from the beat poets to figurative painters. With such a strong artistic legacy, here are a few ways to experience art in San Francisco.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art—Vast Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

With a recently renovated building showcasing 33,000 works, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a must-see museum for all arts enthusiasts. Visitors come in droves to experience the fantastic collection, free public tours, and terrace views. Purchase advance tickets to avoid the long lines at this popular museum.

Legion of Honor Museum—Fine Art Housed in a Neoclassical Building

Art lovers shouldn't miss the Legion of Honor. This stately museum holds an impressive collection of European and Mediterranean works of art, showcased in a neoclassical building modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Since the museum is a popular weekend destination, you can avoid lines with advance tickets and get same-day entry to the de Young Museum, included.

M.H. de Young Memorial Museum—American and International Art in Golden Gate Park

Known as the de Young Museum, this lovely arts space in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is popular among locals and tourists. Find a sizable collection of American art from the 17th though the 20th century and a smaller collection of holdings from across the globe. You can book tickets before you arrive, to save time, and consider joining for a gallery tour.

Asian Art Museum—Showcasing Works from Across Asia

With a sizable collection spanning cultures, nations, and more than 6,000 years of artistic creation, the Asian Art Museum offers visitors a singular artistic and cultural experience. Visitors enjoy a range of art objects, from jade sculpture and paintings to textiles and porcelain. Remember to prebook your ticket for discounted admission.

Art in the Streets of San Francisco—From Murals to Artsy Neighborhoods

San Francisco has a well-deserved reputation as a creative hub. From the hippies to the beats, many generations of artists have come of age in the city. Consider walking tours of the old literary neighborhood, North Beach, or try an architecture tour of historic Union Square. Be sure to book tickets in advance to save a spot on these popular neighborhood walking tours.

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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco Private Love Tour
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art General Admission Ticket

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art General Admission Ticket

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SFMOMA houses more than 33,000 modern and contemporary works of art on seven floors. See paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture, design, and media created by masters. Plus, with two restaurants and a cafe, it’s easy to take a break whenever you’re in need to regain some extra energy.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

de Young Museum General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy general admission to San Francisco’s de Young Museum, home to one of the city’s most prominent art collections. Seated in Golden Gate Park, you have the chance to explore the rare artifacts of the permanent collections, as well as sculptures and paintings. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibits. Be sure to stop at the Hamon Observation Tower before heading out, and enjoy spectacular views of the famed Twin Peaks and the San Francisco skyline. With this ticket, you can also enter the Legion of Honor Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

San Francisco LGBTQ Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Explore the LGBT history of the Castro on foot during this walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through the famous neighborhood while learning about the local landmarks and historical sites. Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of this iconic district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBT activism and events.
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Art and Architecture Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown

Art and Architecture Walking Tour of Union Square and Chinatown

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Explore two of San Francisco's most distinctive neighborhoods side-by-side on a walking tour of Chinatown and Union Square. Learn the fascinating history behind the oldest Chinatown in the United States, and be immersed in the city’s contrasting cultures as you stroll alongside cable cars through Union Square’s chic hotels, architectural landmarks, and luxury boutiques.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

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Tour San Francisco with Go City and enjoy admission at more than 25 popular San Francisco attractions and activities - all on one digital pass. Choose an All-Inclusive Pass valid for 1-,2-, 3- or 5-days and visit as many attractions as you like, all while saving as much money as possible on your vacation. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the remaining number of days purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

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Explore one of San Francisco’s most prominent art collections with admission to the Legion of Honor Museum. Set in the headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge, the building’s stunning neoclassical exterior is modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris. Inside, discover an impressive collection of ancient Mediterranean art, European paintings and sculptures, and the most extensive assemblage of works on paper in the American West. Upgrade your ticket to include entrance to the Special Exhibits. Your ticket also allows you to enter the de Young Museum at no extra cost.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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