There is always plenty of things to do and see in San Francisco. From the Bay Bridge to Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf you can visit this city dozens of times and never run out of activities.
But there’s also a thriving art community in San Francisco too.
In fact, it’s home to a number of famous museums that attract people from all over the world. No matter what your artistic interest is, you’re going to find an art museum that is going to really impress you.
In this post, we’re going to cover some of those must-see San Francisco art museums you should check out while you’re in the area.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Also known as SFMOMA, the West Coast’s best modern art museum is located right off Misson Street. It’s the largest contemporary art museum in the world. Hosting over 33,000 works of art from paintings to sculptures it’s an incredible showcase of the best art of the 20th century.
de Young Museum
The MH de Young Museum can be found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This fine arts museum features thousands of pieces of art ranging from contemporary American to African and Asian pieces that are centuries old. Don’t forget to check out the observation tower!
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco has been home to vibrant Asian culture for generations, so it shouldn’t be surprising that they also have one of the best Asian focused art museums in the country. The Asian Art Museum is home to almost 20,000 pieces of art with some being nearly 6,000 years old!
Legion of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor Museum is San Francisco’s other fine arts-focused museum. This one looks at the art of Europe. The collections feature items that are thousands of years old. They trace European art and culture throughout the various art styles such as Baroque and Renaissance, for example.
The Mexican Museum
Explicitly created to highlight the contributions to art from Latino peoples and cultures, The Mexican Musem helps walk visitors through art ranging from pre-Hispanic and colonial times to contemporary artists. The permanent collection houses almost 15,00 words of art to enjoy.
Museum of Craft and Design
Art isn’t always about paintings. This bite-sized museum has rotating galleries and exhibits that highlight all sorts of different types of work from textiles to metals and jewelry. The Museum of Craft and Design also happens to be a more hands-on museum that encourages visitors to create their own projects.
Cartoon Art Museum
In a new location in SoMa since 2015, the Cartoon Art Museum is dedicated to everything cartoon art. Visitors can explore the Sunday funnies, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, and even some of your favorite television cartoons. This is an enjoyable museum geared towards the kid at heart.
When it comes to art museums in San Francisco, these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more to choose from. So whether you are in the Bay Area for a few days or a few years, you have many museums ready to explore.