LOCATED NEAR DOWN TOWN SAN FRANCISCO
Exploratorium - Green St, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
The Exploratorium is a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception. Experiment, Discover, and Spend the day at play. Indulge your curiosity in over 650 exhibits-indoors and out. Bring the kids and spend the day.
Walt Disney Family Museum - 104 Montgomery St, The Presidio, San Francisco
Find animation, innovation, and inspiration in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney. Located in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco, the museum features contemporary, interactive galleries with state-of-the-art exhibits narrated in Walt’s own voice alongside early drawings, cartoons, films, music, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and more.
Legion Of Honor - 100 34th Ave. Lincoln Park - San Francisco
The Legion of Honor art museum provides a collection of four millennia of history. This French neoclassical building, represents a great legacy of philanthropy and civic pride. The museum offers VIP Docent tours (4 weeks advance notice), Audio Tours, Public Docent tours (Free with paid admission), Private Docent tours for groups of 10 or more. You can visit the Legion Of Honor Museum Calendar for upcoming events and information.
Cable Car Museum - 1201 Mason St, San Francisco
The cable car museum was established in 1974. It is operated by friends of the cable car museum as a non profit organization. On display are various mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, detailed models, and a large collection of historic photographs. It also has 3 antique cable cars from the 1870's. Take your time and browse the museum store which offers a variety of cable car memorabilia, books, clothing, cards and even genuine cable car bells!
San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art - 151 3rd St, San Francisco
SFMOMA is located within walking distance of Union Square. Explore seven floors of amazing art, including world-class exhibitions, the largest living wall in the U.S., and awe inspiring city views from outdoor gardens and terraces. Free public tours and audio guides are available onsite.
While planning your stay with us, you might want to check out the museums in and around the area. With over 113 museums which includes 50 art galleries, 22 Art Museums and 43 specialty museums to choose from ,you won't be disappointed! From the Children's Emporium to the old Cable Car Museum you can have fun and learn about the history of San Francisco. While visiting the self-guided tours be sure to put on comfortable walking shoes and pick up a brochure at the local Chamber Of Commerce. You can also check out this museum location map which may help get you on your way.
Listed below are to top museums of San Francisco.
Please click on the museums and art galleries link for a complete list in San Francisco.
Asian Art Museum - 200 Larkin St, San Francisco
Travel back in time to over 6,000 years through the history of Turkey to India and China to the Philippines, the collection provides a panorama of Asian art and culture. Included are over 18,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures. Superb paintings, porcelains, arms and armor, furniture, textiles, and bronzes are featured.
California Academy of Sciences - 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco
Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum—all under one living roof! You will discover a world of adventure that will delight the young to the young at heart. Watch in delight live penguins as they waddle around in a protected, natural environment with water, rocks and cozy burrows. Step into our amazing rain forest with free-flying birds to exotic reptiles, amphibians, golden silk orb-weaver spiders, and enormous Amazonian fish that glide overhead and much, much more! Buy Your Tickets Now!
Musee Mecanique - Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf, foot of Taylor Street, San Francisco
One of the world's largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!) Bring the kids or bring a friend and spend the day in this unique museums that will provide hours of entertainment for everyone. Free everyday admission. Located at Fisherman's
SS Jeremiah O'Brien - Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. Read More..
de Young Museum - 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco
The de Young is located in Golden Gate Park and is the nation’s fifth most visited art museum. It showcases American art from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, international textile arts and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.
Wells Fargo History Museum - 420 Montgomery St, San Francisco
Depicting Wells Fargo role in the gold rush, visitors of all ages can enjoy fun interactive exhibits which include a stagecoach "ride experience," operating vintage banking machines, a working telegraph, videos and authentic artifacts such as an original 1868 stagecoach.
Tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco
Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers visitors the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. The Park includes a fleet of historic ships, a Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District.
USS Pampanito - Pier 45 at Fisherman Wharf, San Francisco
Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country. In addition, over 1,500 kids a year participate in Pampanito‘s educational day and overnight programs. Pampanito is a National Historic Landmark.
Madame Tussauds San Francisco - 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco
Madame Tussauds San Francisco! Be immersed in our interactive wax attraction, experiencing Hollywood icons, rock royalty, and world leaders, to name a few. Walk through SF history in the Spirit of San Francisco and meet top musicians of yesterday and today!
Chinese Culture Center - 750 Kearny St, Third Floor, San Francisco
The Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco offers walking tours and excursions to connect you with the deep history and cultural heritage of the Chinatown community. Proceeds from the tour benefit education programs for children and youth.
The San Francisco Dungeon - 145 Jefferson St, San Francisco
The San Francisco Dungeon is NOT your usual visitor attraction! They are an exciting mix of 9 live actor shows, 200 years of history, 360° sets, 1 dark boat ride and authentic storytelling. Being scared has never been more fun. Their unique take on history has made the Dungeon one of Europe's best-loved visitor attractions. But now, for the first time, they have arrived in the USA! San Francisco is the perfect venue; filled with history, intrigue and colorful characters.
Children's Creativity Museum - 221 4th St, San Francisco
Explore the world of Creativity where your imagination is you only limitation. Experience hands on exhibits such as the Animation Studio, Innovation Lab, Tech Lab, Community Lab an Imagination Lab, and a Music Studio, where everone's a STAR!
San Fracisco Art Institute - 800 Chestnut St, San Francisco
This is the oldest art school in the West, and the alma mater of some of the nation's most acclaimed artists. Follow this link to take a virtual tour.
San Francisco Railway Museum - 77 Steuart St, San Francisco
The San Francisco Railway museum is the place to learn about the antique streetcars and national landmark cable cars that regularly run along the city's main arteries, and how rail transportation shaped development of the city. The museum is located at the Steuart Street F-line stop.Admission to the museum is free.
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