Culture in San Francisco

Museums in San Francisco

The Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 3rd Street
(415) 357-4000

The Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) contains 20th Century and contemporary pieces. It moved to its iconic building in South of Market in 1995 and attracts 600,000 visitors annually. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor contains primarily European works. The De Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum have significant anthropological and non-European holdings.

The Exploratorium
3601 Lyon Street
(415) 561-0317

The Palace of Fine Arts, a remnant of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, today houses the Exploratorium, a popular science museum dedicated to teaching through hands-on interaction.

California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
(415) 379-8000

A natural history museum and hosts the Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium. The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world. From 1958 until 2003 the collection was housed in a wing of at the original de Young in Golden Gate Park. When the de Young closed while constructing a new building, the Asian Art Museum moved to the former San Francisco City Library building.

International Museum of Women
235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor

Museum of the African Diaspora

685 Mission Street
(415) 358-7200

Contemporary Jewish Museum

736 Mission Street
(415) 655-7800

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street
(415) 929-1873

San Francisco Maritime Museum
900 Beach Street
(415) 561-7100

Seymour Pioneer Museum
300 4th St
(415) 957-1849
Museum of Craft & Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane
(415) 227-4888

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
(415) 227-8666

Mexican Museum
Fort Mason Center, Building D
(415) 441-7683‎

Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
175 Jefferson Street
(415) 202-9850

Wells Fargo History Museum
420 Montgomery Street
(415) 396-2619

Museum of the City of San Francisco
City Hall, 400 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco's eccentric nature has also created some "offbeat" museums dealing in unconventional topics. Such museums and galleries include:

Musée Mécanique
(dedicated to penny arcade machines)
Pier 45 Shed A at the end of Taylor Street, Fisherman's Wharf
(415) 346-2000

Antique Vibrator Museum
1210 Valencia St.
Tel: 415 974 8980

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
145 Jefferson Street
(415) 202-0402

Tattoo Art Museum
(old tattoo machines and instruments)
841 Columbus Avenue
(415) 775-4991

Museum of Ophthalmology
655 Beach Street, Suite 300
(415) 561-8502

UFO, Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster Museum
709 Union St. at Columbus
(415) 974-4339


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