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San Francisco’s Famous Museums

See the Sights at Some of the Most Renowned Museums in the Country

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One of the most fantastic day-trips from Sausalito to San Francisco is to come across the bay and visit the multitude of museums that the city has to offer. With museums devoted to specialized areas of art and culture, it is easy to find a museum whose collection you can become fascinated with. From cartoon art and design sensibilities to classic paintings and sculpture, the museums in San Francisco cater to every taste.

One of the most famous artistic cities in the world, San Francisco has long been a haven for artists and the art-appreciation community at large and maintains a large variety of museums. More than in most cities, residents have a grasp and understanding of art and the unique collection of museums reflects this attitude.

If you are staying in Sausalito and have the urge to get out and explore one of the most vibrant and unique art scenes in the world, take a ferry ride or trip across the Golden Gate Bridge and see for yourself why San Francisco is revered in the art world.

San Francisco Museums of Note

De Young Museum – Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum is housed in a building that is a work of art itself. A permanent collection spanning historical and classical artwork as well as a rotating string of exhibits keeps patrons lined up and coming back to the de Young.

Asian Art Museum – One of the most comprehensive collections of pan-Asian art anywhere in the western world, this museum has been a hit with patrons since its opening. The permanent collection spans several floors and the rotation of exhibits is impressive and dynamic.

Contemporary Jewish Museum – A more recent addition to the San Francisco museum collections, the Contemporary Jewish Museum explores art with different perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas and presents a dynamic and changing array of exhibitions throughout the year.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMOMA is another favorite of both local residents and art collectors. The permanent collection spanning several decades and many different disciplines gives breadth and variety to the term “modern art” and will engage everyone who visits on some level.

Legion of Honor – Located a bit further from the downtown area than most of its counterparts, the Legion of Honor is home to a wonderful collection of classic paintings, drawings, and sculptures and regularly hosts astounding exhibits by masters in different fields.

Visit San Francisco’s museums during your stay in Sausalito and you will be pleasantly surprised as well as having treated yourself to one of the most unique sets of museums available in any single city.

Museums in San Francisco, CA:

Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415)581-3500
http://www.asainart.org

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415)978-2787
http://www.ybca.org

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415)655-7800
http://www.thecjm.org

De Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415)750-3600
http://www.deyoungmuseum.org

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415)357-4035
http://www.sfmoma.org

The Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415)750-3600
http://www.legionofhonor.famsf.org

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415)227-8666
http://www.cartoonart.org

Museum of Performance and Design
401 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415)255-4800
http://www.mpdsf.org

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