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  • Asian Art Museum

    1. Asian Art Museum

    Civic Center | Museum/Gallery

    You don't have to be a connoisseur of Asian art to appreciate a visit to this museum whose monumental exterior conceals a light, open, and welcoming...Read More

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  • 2. California Academy of Sciences

    Golden Gate Park | Museum/Gallery

    With its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, living coral reef, and frolicking...Read More

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  • Exploratorium

    3. Exploratorium

    Embarcadero | Museum/Gallery

    Walking into this fascinating "museum of science, art, and human perception" is like visiting a mad-scientist's laboratory. Most of the exhibits...Read More

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  • Hyde Street Pier

    4. Hyde Street Pier

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    If you want to get to the heart of the Wharf, there's no better place to do it than at this pier. Don't pass up the centerpiece collection of...Read More

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  • Musée Mécanique

    5. Musée Mécanique

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    Once a staple at Playland-at-the-Beach, San Francisco's early 20th-century amusement park, the antique mechanical contrivances at this time...Read More

    Musée Mécanique
  • 6. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    SoMa | Museum/Gallery

    First opened in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art...Read More

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  • 7. Beat Museum

    North Beach | Museum/Gallery

    Museum" might be a stretch for this tiny storefront that's half bookstore, half memorabilia collection. You can see the 1949 Hudson from the...Read More

  • 8. Cable Car Museum

    Nob Hill | Museum/Gallery

    One of the city's best free offerings, this museum is an absolute must for kids. You can even ride a cable car here—all three lines stop between...Read More

  • 9. California Historical Society

    SoMa | Library/Archive

    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...Read More

  • 10. Cartoon Art Museum

    Fisherman's Wharf | Museum/Gallery

    Krazy Kat, Zippy the Pinhead, Batman, and other colorful cartoon icons greet you at the Cartoon Art Museum, established with an endowment from...Read More

  • 11. Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center

    Chinatown | Museum/Gallery

    The displays at this small, light-filled gallery document the Chinese-American experience—from 19th-century agriculture to 21st-century food...Read More

  • 12. Contemporary Jewish Museum

    SoMa | Museum/Gallery

    Daniel Libeskind designed the postmodern CJM, whose impossible-to-ignore diagonal blue cube juts out of a painstakingly restored power substation...Read More

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  • 13. Creativity Explored

    Mission District | Educational Institution

    Joyous, if chaotic, creativity pervades the workshops of this art-education center and gallery for developmentally disabled adults. Several...Read More

  • 14. de Young Museum

    Golden Gate Park | Museum/Gallery

    It seems that everyone in town has a strong opinion about the de Young Museum: some adore its striking copper facade, while others just hope...Read More

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  • 15. Galería de la Raza

    Mission District | Museum/Gallery

    San Francisco's premier showcase for contemporary Latino art, the gallery exhibits the works of mostly local artists. Events include readings...Read More

  • 16. GLBT Historical Society Museum

    Castro | Museum/Gallery

    The small, two-gallery Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Historical Society Museum, the first of its kind in the United States...Read More

  • Legion of Honor

    17. Legion of Honor

    Richmond | Museum/Gallery

    Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, and set atop cliffs overlooking the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the...Read More

    Legion of Honor
  • 18. Museum of Craft and Design

    Dogpatch | Museum/Gallery

    Right at home in this once-industrial neighborhood now bursting with creative energy, this small, four-room space—definitely a quick view—mounts...Read More

  • 19. Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

    SoMa | Museum/Gallery

    Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world, MoAD focuses on temporary exhibits in its four galleries...Read More

  • 20. Presidio Officers' Club

    Presidio | Museum/Gallery

    An excellent place to begin a historical tour of the Presidio, the Officers' Club offers a walk through time from the Presidio's earliest days...Read More

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