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California Historical Society

California Historical Society Review

If you're not a history buff, the CHS might seem like an obvious skip—who wants to look at fading old photographs and musty artifacts?—but these airy galleries are worth a stop. The shows here draw from the society's vast repository of Californiana—hundreds of thousands of photographs, publications, paintings, and gold-rush paraphernalia. Special exhibits have included A Wild Flight of the Imagination: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge and Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present. From out front, take a look across the street: this is the best view of the Museum of the African Diaspora's three-story photo mosaic.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 678 Mission St., SoMa, San Francisco, CA, 94105 | Map It
  • Phone: 415/357–1848
  • Cost: $5
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. noon–5; galleries close between exhibitions
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  • Location: SoMa
Updated: 05-05-2014

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