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de Young Museum

Art Museum and Sculpture Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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  • Wilson F.
    Herzog & De Meuron masterpiece, a stark monolithic yet gorgeous contrast to the surrounding greenery. Lines for special shows can be insane and parking is a b£&@h but well worth the visit.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJune 19
    Get a membership if you live in the area. The museum always have various exhibitions, and you can invite a friend every time, so it pays off in a couple of visits.
  • Luke B.
    Supposedly, the museum is free to enter after 4:30pm (45 minutes before it closes). If you want to save on admission, or you're nearby around 5pm and want to check out the de Young, swing by for free!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    From the museum’s copper-clad torqued tower, you can see the Transamerica Pyramid, Sutro Tower, and the top of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tower’s café serves food sourced within a 150-mile radius.
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroNovember 17, 2014
    While their permanent collection is a little lack luster, I still love this museum. They have the best traveling exhibits and the observation tower odds the best view in the entire city (and free!)
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 25, 2014
    Houses an extensive collection of ancient American & Native American art as well as a 144-foot observation tower showcasing views of the park’s treetops, the Golden Gate Bridge, & the Marin headlands.
  • SFist
    SFistDecember 5, 2014
    Find the elevator in the east end of the building and ride up, up, up to the Hamon Tower Observation Floor for breathtaking panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more! Read more
  • stephanie c.
    I hadn't been in years and it left me wanting more. The exhibits are breathtaking. The exhibit showcasing photography from the Iraq war was truly heartbreaking yet incredible. A must see.
  • Mara Lu H.
    Friday Night Brazilian Carnival very cool! Free good quality show, mask art crafting activity for kids, drinks ... well organized and people were really enjoying themselves!
  • Kara L.
    Kara LynaeSeptember 11, 2013
    A must see exhibit, Diebenkorn The Berkeley Years! The way he layered and outlined paint brought abstract landscape to a new modern. See it soon before it ends!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaJanuary 30
    Been here 5+ times
    For a less stuffy tour, check out #MuseumHack. Use promo code JULIAN for $5 off. TIL: The attached 🌈🌈 painting on the second floor was torn in half. Kneel down to see where.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 6, 2013
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Place to See Ruth Asawa's Art for Free. It's easy to take Asawa for granted, but there's still no one quite like her. Her life-size... Read more
  • Lindsay K.
    Lindsay KrellApril 21, 2013
    Go to the top for the view. Also- the docent tours are excellent and free with entry to the museum.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 16, 2015
    Now showing master pieces from Scotland, really worth visiting. Also they host a large collection of African, Mesoamerican, Pacific art on upper level
  • Will 李.
    Will 李January 31, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    You can walk into museum. But have to pay to see exhibits. Check out the tower and go up to scenery tower to see surrounding neighborhood. No charge.
  • K J
    K JJune 29, 2015
    Great Exhibitions and Location. Awesome building with observation tower. Cool Friday night events. Don't forget to see the sculpture garden and café.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin ParkAugust 31, 2013
    First time here and there was a Free Jazz night. Awesome venue. Would recommend checking this place out, native to SF or not.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KijnerNovember 13, 2013
    Bvlgari exhibit actually displayed in November 2013. Single donation beyond tax deductible let you see the actual naim exhibits and more... $60 versus $46 fir two guests. Plus doing good!
  • Benjy W.
    Benjy WeinbergerMay 27, 2015
    Caution: this museum is a lot bigger than it looks. Allow 4-5 hours if you want to see a special exhibition as well as the regular galleries.
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    The vista from the ninth-floor observation tower is almost artwork in itself, as is the renovated, copper-clad building, which was refurbished after an earthquake in 1989.
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.July 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you live in SF its well worth it to join ArtPoint. You get free access to the museum plus a bunch of events where you can hang out with other young people who appreciate the arts
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinAugust 26, 2015
    The permanent collection is meh, but they consistently get great touring exhibitions. See the art world one exhibit at a time without leaving SF.
  • Cristina
    CristinaJune 29
    Very beautiful structures especially at the Tea Garden. Plus they have a little cart where they sell hot cocoa. Its really good! Recomended!
  • Frank S.
    Frank SouzaSeptember 6, 2015
    Going up to the top of the tower is a fantastic park view and you do not have to buy a ticket for the museum to go. :)
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • S_J L.
    S_J LNovember 2, 2014
    great view from the top floor :) variety of works n arts♥ lots to see here! check out the gift shop on ur way out
  • Leilani C.
    Leilani CarraraJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Having been here now a handful of times, it never gets old. Make a day of it if you're attending for the first time, and don't forget to head over to the Legion of Honor as part of your ticket for the Read more
  • Peter
    PeterJuly 30, 2014
    Check out the observation tower at the *end* of your visit -- it will pull all of the disparate places you've been into one cohesive pictures.
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyMay 13
    A nice art museum focused mostly on Modern art. They have different exhibitions.
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 14
    Um dos melhores museus de SF. Projetado por Herzog & DeMeuron. 3ª a Dom 9:30-17:15. Open Late Fridays (April 15–November 25, 2016) 9:30 am to 8:45 pm Entrada $10, audiotour $8
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerNovember 28, 2013
    With the SF MOMA out of commission for a few years this is the best large art museum available. Check it out while you're exploring Golden Gate Park.
  • Ken B.
    Ken BaldwinMarch 31, 2014
    depending on what exhibits are there you should check out the deyoung.. they have cool costume exhibits like the Gaultier thing launched there.
  • Westfield S.
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  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 1
    Beautiful architecture. Be sure to go to the back (behind the outdoor cafe) and check out the outdoor exhibitions
  • KahWee T.
    The best part of the museum might be the overlook on the top floor. You can such a great view of the surrounding.
  • TAKEENIA G.
    TAKEENIA GMarch 14, 2015
    I really enjoyed key pieces. The exhibits are impressive. Was disappointed that I bought a City Pass booklet but the Museum wanted an additional $14 for the featured exhibit! No Bueno.
  • Linda N.
    Linda NMay 8, 2011
    When biking around the Golden Gate Park, this is the place to go for the restroom & the cafe. At the Academy of Science, on the other hand, you have to pay to get in.
  • Krista T.
    Krista ThomasFebruary 21, 2012
    Walking around the area right outside of the museum is almost as good as inside, so make sure you layer it up to stay warm.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    When you enter the garage drive up to 2nd floor. That's where the museum entrance is and always more parking there
  • Arai B.
    Arai BuendiaSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Went to see Diebenkorn's The Berkeley Years. Actually enjoyed the paintings quite a lot. Looking forward the next artist.
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoeftMay 26, 2012
    The observation tower on a clear-skies day makes a fabulous viewing. Especially after priming the eyes with good stuff in the galleries.
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 10, 2015
    In SF, M.H. de Young & brother, Charles, founded the Daily Dramatic Chronicle 1st pub. in 1865. This was the predecessor of The San Francisco Chronicle SF's only remaining daily broadsheet newspaper.
  • mylifeisgorgeous
    mylifeisgorgeousOctober 23, 2011
    Built by swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, this museum has become a hot cultural spot inside Golden Gate Park. Opens everyday Read more
  • MisterEastlake
    MisterEastlakeFebruary 10, 2015
    De Young was born in St. Louis, MO the son of Miechel de Young (possibly originally De Jong), who was a jeweler & dry-goods merchant. The family was Jewish & immigrated from the Netherlands & France
  • Emilio M.
    Emilio MartínezDecember 30, 2014
    Love, love, love the building's architecture! Plus, Golden Gate Park is always nice for a walk
  • Kristina S.
    Kristina SchneiderSeptember 30, 2014
    If you visit one museum in SF, it should be this one. Don’t forget to climb up the tower for nice views.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the upper level of the parking garage. There usually are more spots there and that's where the garage entrance to the museum is
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesDecember 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bulgari exhibit In the 2nd floor special exhibition space. Be sure to watch the video of how they make a necklace.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsDecember 21, 2015
    I know everyone has already left this tip but you CANNOT beat the view at the top of the tower
  • Corinne and Jonathan
    Corinne and JonathanAugust 13, 2011
    If you are inside or near Golden Gate Park, stop by this amazing museum! The view at the top is incredible!
    Upvoted Nov 1
  • ashley t.
    ashley tevatiaJune 27, 2013
    Don't miss Hamon Tower. Free admission and one of the best panoramic views of SF!
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