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De Young Museum

  • San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)

Last updated: 28 April, 2024

Set in a striking new building clad entirely in copper (designed to oxidise so that it eventually blends in with the surrounding eucalyptus trees), De Young’s highly regarded collection showcases American art from the 17th-21st centuries, as well as international contemporary art, costumes and textiles.

Together with SF’s Legion of Honor, which focuses more on ancient artworks, the two make up the largest public arts institution in the city.

Look for works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, Surrealist painter Salvador Dali, and fabric sculptor, Nick Cave.

While you're there

The De Young’s Observation Tower offers 360-degree views on a clear day, and it also happens to be free!

Some of the city’s best food trucks congregate behind the bandshell in the Music Concourse. Their schedules and offerings vary, so check the SF Recreation and Parks website for details.


Price from: £12
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is located in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse, just across from the California Academy of Sciences and an easy walk to the Japanese Tea Garden. It’s accessible via multiple nearby bus lines and the free Golden Gate Park Shuttle, or you can walk or bike.


When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week. Weekends are undeniably crowded. For the special exhibits especially, plan on visiting midweek.

Who to go with: organised tours


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  • San Francisco

Explore one of San Francisco’s most distinguished art collections at the de Young Museum, situated in lovely Golden Gate Park. Wander through the museum’s spectacular permanent displays of paintings, sculpture and artifacts from the Americas, Africa and Oceania, and upgrade to include the audio tour and access to the top-tier Special Exhibitions. Head up to the Hamon Observation Tower to admire stunning views of San Francisco, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge! You can also enter the Legion of Honor Museum with this ticket at no extra cost!

Price $20

Min age 0

Rating 4 / 5 [71 ratings]

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