San Francisco has a history of great art that still goes on around the tech scene today. Gallery walks are gaining popularity in the Bay Area. Check out First Fridays in Oakland (www.oaklandfirstfridays.org) or First Thursdays in Union Square (www.sfada.com) for a wonderful opportunity to check out the current local fine arts scene.
If you like Ancient/Renaissance/Art during the Enlightenment then visiting the Legion of Honor is a must. The French neoclassical building sits on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is a replica of Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine. Housed inside are European works on paper, paintings, statues, installations, an extensive porcelain gallery and special exhibits.The cafe has a serene view and offers American and European inspired cuisine.(legionofhonor.famsf.
Another stand out museum in the city is the Asian Art Museum. Spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years, the museum houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world! The cafe offers authentic Asian inspired cuisine and is a favorite lunch spot for locals.(www.asianart.org)
If you need more interaction with the family or just love science visit the California Academy of Sciences located in Golden Gate Park near the wonderful Sharon Meadow playground and historic carousel for lots of fun for the kids. The museum offers many child focused programs with scientists in addition to the regular exhibits making learning fun for the whole family! Want to go but prefer to have a more adult experience? Check out Thursday Night Life a 21 and over experience where live music and bars are scattered throughout the museum. A great place for a date or time with friends. Enjoy fine dining in the Moss Room or grab a bite from the multicultural menu in the cafe. (www.calacademy.org)