Asian Art Museum, San Francisco



San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
DESCRIPTION: Mario Botta’s architectural design soars within and without; features a design collection of magnificent hand-written drawings, prints and objects by regional, national, and international artists; the time-based media collection is as cutting edge as one could expect being located in the heart of one of America’s leading media technology centers; the painting & sculpture and photographic collections reflect bold range of modern and contemporary art, while serving as a nice foundation for the many exciting photographic and sculpture exhibitions that visit SFMOMA --they don’t get any better or more diverse; the Research Library contains over 53,000 monographs, exhibition catalogues, other objects and 1,840 periodical titles; the Museum Store
fantasticcollection of art books and gifts; Caffe Museo is also a hip place to hang out at lunch time

ADMISSION: Adults $12.50, Age 62+ $8, Students w/ID $7; thanks to Charles Schwab Ages 12 and under enter Free

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Tue 11a-6p, Thu 11a-9p, Fri-Sun 11a-6p

ADDRESS: 151 Third Street  MAP

TRANSIT: from Montgomery Street BART Station walk 1 block south on Market Street, then left on 3rd Street for 1.5 blocks

PARKING: garage is behind the museum

PHONE: 415-357-4000


Contemporary Jewish Museum
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1984, museum presents contemporary perspectives and Jewish views on culture, history, art and ideas; current site at 121 Steuart Street; the $43 million building upgrade completes in 2008;  the eye-catching structure will resonant with Jewish ideas, specifically utilizing the highly symbolic Hebrew letters "chet" and "yud," key letters in the word "L'Chaim" -- To Life

ADMISSION: Adults $10, Ages 65+ and Students w/ID $8, Age 18 and under enter Free; Thursdays after 5p pay $5

DAYS & HOURS: daily except Wednesday, 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 736 Mission Street  MAP

TRANSIT: Powell Street BART Station only one block north and 1 block west, Muni F line on Market Street only one block north
PARKING: garage on 3rd Street next to the Museum of Modern Art

PHONE: 415-344-8800


Mexican Museum
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1975 by artist, Peter Rodríguez, the museum has a permanent collection of over 12,000 objects that include Pre-Conquest, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican and Latino, and Chicano Art; the museum’s exhibits are hosted in Fort Mason and move around to various Bay Area locations until the new building completes in Yerba Buena Arts District; the new architecturally dramic building will increase exhibition space to 63,000 square feet

ADMISSION: donations gladly accepted

DAYS & HOURS: Coming

ADDRESS: 99 Marina Boulevard at Fort Mason Center, Building D  MAP

TRANSIT: Muni F Line to the end of Fisherman's Wharf
PARKING: on premises

PHONE: 415-202-9700


Asian Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: With so many Asian cultures represented in the city, one should not be surprised that this popular museum is one of the largest in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art; its historical art span 6,000 years and represents cultures throughout Asia; once you get beyond the exterior of the museum which still reminds you of its roots as the central library, its treasures inside will quickly reinforce that this is a world-class museum with enough unique and celebrated pieces of art to make the Louvre envious; in many ways the changing exhibits are equally inspiring; the gift shop is a must visit for Asian art collectors

ADMISSION: Adults $10, Seniors with ID $7, College students with ID and Ages 13-17 $6, 12 and under FREE, Thu evenings after 5p are $5, Target Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of every month are FREE

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 10a-5p and Thu until 9p

ADDRESS: 200 Larkin Street  MAP

TRANSIT: Civic Center BART and Muni Station - exit to Grove Street/Market Street, follow Grove Street away from Market Street (west) for 2 blocks
PARKING: plenty of garage space in the Civic Center underground plaza

PHONE: 415-581-3500


San Francisco Museum and Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: Preserves and interprets the historical heritage of San Francisco from its variegated natural history to its lively human history; the Society fulfills these objectives through a broad spectrum of exhibitions, programs and special events, and The Argonaut, a journal featuring photographs and in-depth reviews of our city's history; in the near future, the Old US Mint  will be reimagined as a dynamic new Museum of San Francisco and the Bay Area and home for the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, retail and restaurant space


DAYS & HOURS: Coming 2012

ADDRESS: renovating the U.S. Mint Building at Fifth and Mission Streets   MAP


PARKING: garages and paid lots nearby

PHONE: 415-537-1105



Wells Fargo History Museum
DESCRIPTION: the museum connects the bank’s history to the Gold Rush, historic San Francisco, and stagecoach travel in early California; Henry Wells and William Fargo started Wells Fargo & Co. in 1852, providing express and banking services to the ’49-ers of the Gold Rush; visitors can see an original 1868 Wells Fargo stagecoach and experience riding a replica coach; they can also operate a telegraph station, view rare gold coins and nuggets from the Mother Lode, handle historical artifacts similar to those that Wells Fargo agents would have used; come learn about the people who settled the West, including African-American figures such as William Robison and George Monroe, both legendary stagecoach drivers


DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p (Closed on bank holidays)

ADDRESS: 420 Montgomery Street  MAP

TRANSIT: Montgomery Street BART Station

PARKING: garages nearby

PHONE: 415-396-2619


San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum
DESCRIPTION: Preserves and presents materials about the San Francisco Bay Area's diverse performing arts heritage from the Gold Rush to the present; contains more than two million items, including books, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, audio and video tapes, original artwork; also houses the archives of many local performing arts organizations, such as the San Francisco Ballet, Opera, and Symphony, Stern Grove Festival, and Ethnic Dance


DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 11a-5p,
 Sat 1p-5p

ADDRESS: 401 Van Ness Building, 4th Floor  MAP

TRANSIT: walking distance from Muni Metro and BART Civic Center Station

PARKING: Civic Center underground parking garage and other lots nearby

PHONE: 415-255-4800


de Young Museum
DESCRIPTION: In 2005, this redesigned museum rejoined the city’s pantheon of elegant art venues; the bold new venue specializes in 17th-20th century American art with additional collections in American Sculpture, African Art, Oceanic Art, Textiles, Art of the Americas, and much more; allow extra time to relax in the beautiful; the sculpture garden is filled with captivating odd brown objects that compliment the equally odd design of the museum

 Adults $12, Seniors $9, Ages 13-17 $8, Ages 12 and under Free; special exhibits require a surcharge; First Tuesday of the month Free for Muni riders

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 9:30a-5p, 
Fri 9:30a-8:45p

ADDRESS: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park  MAP

TRANSIT: Muni N Line stops a few blocks away; you’ll save $3 on admission without the hassle of parking
PARKING: on street throughout Golden Gate Park; Concourse Parking Facility is located on Fulton Street at 8th Avenue

PHONE: 415-750-3600


Legion of Honor
DESCRIPTION: It is fitting that this museum looks like a French palace set on a grand estate, contain one of America’s finest collections of European paintings and decorative arts, ancient art from Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, and 18th-Century English and French Porcelain; you can search their massive collection of digital images online which portray the Legion's permanent collection; given its setting in Lincoln Park, many think of it as San Francisco's most beautiful public museum

ADMISSION: Adults $10, Age 65+ $7, Ages 12-17 $6, Ages 11 and under enter FREE

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 9:30a-5p

ADDRESS: 100 34th Ave in Lincoln Park

TRANSIT: Muni bus lines #18, #38, #1, and #2

PARKING: around the fountain in front of the museum and along Camino de Mar to the right side of the building

PHONE: 415-863-3330


Cable Car Museum
DESCRIPTION: Established in 1974, in the Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse; the museum deck overlooks the engines and winding wheels that pull the cables; downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street; on display are 3 antique cable cars from the 1870s, grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, detailed models, and historic photographs; museum store offers memorabilia, books, clothing, and cable car bells


DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-6p April 1 thru Sept 30 and 10a-5p Oct 1 thru Mar 31

ADDRESS: 1201 Mason Street  MAP

TRANSIT: Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason Cable Car lines stop at/near the museum

PARKING: nearby garages

PHONE: 415-474-1887


San Francisco Railway Museum
DESCRIPTION: celebrates the history and impact of rail transit in San Francisco; features unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, in-depth historical interpretation, and audio-visual exhibits, and a wide variety of unique San Francisco souvenirs and memorabilia

ADMISSION: donations gladly accepted

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sun 10a-6p

ADDRESS: 77 Steuart Street  MAP

TRANSIT: short walking distance to Muni F-line, California Street cable car, BART, Muni Metro underground and the Ferry Building

PARKING: garages nearby

PHONE: 415-974-1948


Oakland, CA

Oakland Museum
DESCRIPTION: Works from Oliver Jackson, Sargent Johnson and Mildred Howard and many others; a 60's exhibit includes Black Panther artifacts; beautifully restored 1st fire truck in the Bay Area driven by African Americans in the 1800s; no flash or tripod photography permitted; the Museum Store features a healthy collection of hisotric books, calendars, cards, crafts and jewelry; currently undergoing a $53m enhancement project; after completion of Phase I, in late 2009, visitors will be welcomed at the expanded Oak Street entrance by a 90-foot stainless-steel canopy, providing a sheltered place for school kids and group tours to meet.

ADMISSION: Adults $8, Age 65+ and students w/ID $5, Age 5 and under enter free; enter Free on Second Sundays

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p

ADDRESS: 1000 Oak Street  MAP

TRANSIT: from Lake Merritt BART Station walk 1.5 blocks north on Oak Street

PARKING: garages and paid lots nearby

PHONE: 510-238-2200


Berkeley, CA

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Theater
DESCRIPTION: Their mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through visual art and film; through art and film programs, collections and research resources, they aspire to be locally connected and globally relevant

ADMISSION: Adults $9.50, Ages 65+ and 17 and under $6.50; Free admission to the galleries and public programs on the first Thursday of every month

DAYS & HOURS: Wed–Sun 11a-5p

ADDRESS: 2626 Bancroft Way  MAP

TRANSIT: Downtown Berkeley BART Station, go up to Shattuck Ave, walk 3 blocks south and turn left on Bancroft Way, continue on Bancroft for 6 blocks to the theater or seven blocks to the museum

PARKING: Sather Gate Garage Entrances on Durant and Channing just below Telegraph Ave; $2/hour, BAM/PFA offers parking validation

PHONE: 510-642-0808



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