Exploring the Museums of San Francisco


San Francisco is full of opportunities for tourists with some must see iconic destinations such as the Golden Gate Bridge making it the perfect spot for travellers to spend some time!

San Francisco is well known for its arts and cultural background and this is celebrated throughout the county with museums, exhibitions, music events, dance and theatre shows being held on a daily basis, there is always something to see or do. There are over 100 museums in the area and these cover a huge variety of topics for all interests.

When it comes to the arts San Francisco has everything you need and some of the biggest and most popular art galleries in the world are located in San Francisco. One such museum is the Legion of Honor which, located in Lincoln Park specialises in European Art from the last 4000 years and includes some of the finest artists such as Picasso, Rembrandt and Degas. Exhibitions are held on a regular basis and discounts for entry are available here. Other popular art galleries which are worth visiting depending on the type of art you are interested in includes The De Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Asian Art Museum.

If you are travelling with children you will find most of the main museums and art galleries have dedicated activities and areas just for the children to get involved in but on top of this there are further museums which are created with the interests of children in mind. Examples of such include Walt Disney Family Museum, The Randall Museum and The Exploratorium which is full of hands on and interactive exhibits so children can get involved with science, gadgets and nature by viewing microscopic images, leaning how to dissect a cow’s eye and ‘playing’ with geometry.

Alongside the art galleries and the museums for children there are lots of very niche museums catering for those with a specific interest in a topic. The Cable Car is one such museum which covers the design and development of cable cars in San Francisco and their impact on the city. Perfect for those with an interest in transport, engineering or the history of the city.

You can find out more about the history of San Francisco itself by heading to the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society which hosts exhibitions from San Francisco organisations, shows historic films and runs tours of the Old Mint. Finally those with a particular interest in the history of Mexico should consider a visit to the Mexican Museum which is a collection of Mexican historical and cultural objects.