Top Ten Museums
Looking for something to do indoors to stay away from this cold weather? Check out these amazing museums:
1) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The city’s stylish home for 20th century European and American art and contemporary multimedia works is a sparkling cultural hub in the South of Market area. Its collections span the whole modern spectrum.
2) California Academy of Sciences
The environmentally friendly architecture of the Academy building, which emphasizes ecological and sustainable features, blends with the park’s natural surroundings. The museum covers virtually every aspect of the natural world.
3) Legion of Honor
This museum, located above Lands End, is one of the city’s major venues for the pre-modern Western art. It is also a beautiful building in a gorgeous natural setting. So well worth the time to get to. It contains mostly European works, including masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Rodin and Monet.
4) de Young
The old deYoung was too damaged in the 1989 earthquake to be saved, but this state-of-the art facility now houses the museums extensive collection, which includes 19th century and contemporary art.
5) Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum is set in the entirely restructured and seismically retrofitted old Man Library in the Civic Center. The vast and important collection of Chinese, Korean, Japanese Himalayan and Southeast Asian works is displayed by country of origin. Included is the fabulous Avery Brundage collection of Oriental Art.
6) Cable Car Museum
This brick, warehouse-like structure houses the nuts and bolts machinery that keeps the entire cable car system operating Don’t miss a look downstairs at the giant spool like sheaves working the fat cables round and round.
7) Musee Mechanique and Holograph Museum
A quaint, time warped experience awaits you here. As you approach he lower level, you’ll be greeted by the loud guffaws of Laughing Sal, the enormous, figure that is a relic of the old Playland at the beach. There are also many pinball machines that used to at Playland. In addition there is a collection devoted to holography
8) Seymore Pioneer Museum
This museum has fascinating historical exhibits of the 19th and 20th century California. The upstairs gallery displays furniture, sculpture and paintings.
9) Wells Fargo Museum
The Wells Fargo stagecoaches are the stuff of legend, above all for their tough drivers and the robbers who held them up. Visitors can feel and explore these charming coaches. Other exhibits include The Pony Expresmail, gold nuggets and photos.
10) Museum of the African Diaspora
Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world. With constantly changing displays, this is packed with wonderful interactive exhibits.