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de Young Museum

Art Museum and Sculpture Garden · Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr (at John F Kennedy Dr), San Francisco, CA 94118, United States
Closed until 9:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu, Sat–Sun
    • 9:30 AM–5:15 PM
  • Fri
    • 9:30 AM–8:45 PM
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    Brian H.
    "The observation tower on a clear-skies day makes a fabulous viewing."(11 Tips)
    Tatyana K.
    "get the tix for Picasso online, it sells out in advance"(7 Tips)
    ashley t.
    "Free admission and one of the best panoramic views of SF!"(6 Tips)
    Ira S.
    "Bulgari exhibit In the 2nd floor special exhibition space."(8 Tips)
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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.

    Wilson Favre-Delerue · 3 weeks ago
  • 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!

    Luke Bornheimer · 3 weeks ago
  • Scottie M.

    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!)

    Scottie Milagro · November 17, 2014
  • Travel + Leisure

    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.

    Travel + Leisure · July 30, 2012
  • SFist

    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

    SFist · December 5, 2014
  • DailyCandy

    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.

    DailyCandy · February 25, 2014
  • 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.

    stephanie cirigliano · May 13, 2013
  • Mike B.

    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

    Mike B. · July 15, 2012
  • 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!

    Mara Lu Herrera Cohen · May 24, 2014
  • Ina L.

    Now showing master pieces from Scotland, really worth visiting. Also they host a large collection of African, Mesoamerican, Pacific art on upper level

    Ina Li · March 16, 2015
  • Laura F.

    Buy an Arguello Super turkey sandwich. Picnic in front of the Conservatory of Flowers. Walk to the de Young go to the observation deck (FREE). Great for friends from out of town.

    Laura Franz · November 17, 2009
  • Tablet Hotels

    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.

    Tablet Hotels · February 26, 2013

    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.

    TAKEENIA G · March 14, 2015
  • MisterEastlake

    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

    MisterEastlake · February 10, 2015
  • Chris M.

    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.

    Chris Messina · January 30
  • Will 李.

    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.

    Will 李 · January 31, 2015
  • Westfield S.

    Corazon Under the Dome celebrates the heart and soul of San Francisco. Come discover more history, music and culture at our free light spectacular starting at 5pm from now until September 3, 2012!

  • Bob

    Spend the day walking through the exhibits then stop for a snack on the patio. They sell mini bottles of sparkling wine and craft beer to go along with tasty sandwiches.

    Bob · August 26, 2014
  • Natasha W.

    While in the park, stop by the observatory tower for 360 views of San Francisco. It's free and normally not a line- though the line to the special exhibits might block the entryway.

    Natasha W · January 31, 2010
  • K J

    Great Exhibitions and Location. Awesome building with observation tower. Cool Friday night events. Don't forget to see the sculpture garden and café.

    K J · June 29, 2015
  • Benjy W.

    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.

    Benjy Weinberger · May 27, 2015
  • Leilani C.

    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

    Leilani Carrara · July 11, 2011
  • Kyle M.

    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.

    Kyle Meyer · November 28, 2013
  • Kara L.

    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!

    Kara Lynae · September 11, 2013
  • Nicoletta F.

    First Fridays of the month in 2010 are free! Features Street Art of San Francisco: Mission Muralismo which includes music, interactive exhibits, and cocktails :D Read more

    Nicoletta Fasano · April 3, 2010
  • Linda N.

    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.

    Linda N · May 8, 2011
  • Jennifer G.

    Saw Chihuly exhibit here - amazing, just freaking amazing. Food is slightly spendy, but good. Recommend going, even w/out spec. exhib. on agenda. Great place to think!

    Jennifer Goslyn · November 21, 2009
  • SF Weekly

    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

    SF Weekly · May 6, 2013
  • Island Bruin

    The permanent collection is meh, but they consistently get great touring exhibitions. See the art world one exhibit at a time without leaving SF.

    Island Bruin · August 26, 2015
  • Daniel K.

    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!

    Daniel Kijner · November 13, 2013
  • Peter

    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.

    Peter · July 30, 2014
  • Jacqueline L.

    Bags must be carried in hand, because shoulders and backs are evidently prone to random and exaggerated movement under control of the supernatural. If you're an amputee, you're screwed.

    Jacqueline L. · March 11, 2013
  • Dora

    Each month a different Bay Area artist transforms the Kimball Education Gallery into a working art studio. You can meet the artists Wed-Sun from 1 to 5 p.m. FREE!Powered by Read more

    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • Lindsay K.

    Go to the top for the view. Also- the docent tours are excellent and free with entry to the museum.

    Lindsay Krell · April 21, 2013
  • ken b.

    depending on what exhibits are there you should check out the deyoung.. they have cool costume exhibits like the Gaultier thing launched there.

    ken baldwin · March 31, 2014
  • MisterEastlake

    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.

    MisterEastlake · February 10, 2015
  • Kevin P.

    First time here and there was a Free Jazz night. Awesome venue. Would recommend checking this place out, native to SF or not.

    Kevin Park · August 31, 2013
  • Natasha N.

    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

    Natasha No · March 14
  • Jari S.

    if there are looooong lines, enter the de young museum from the lower/garage entrance to avoid the line(s), best access with strollers anyways

    Jari Salomaa · December 12, 2009
  • Robert R.

    ...enjoy the exhibitions! Also check their special events schedule for Cultural Encounters on Friday Nights at de Young! ->

    Robert Rowe · October 21, 2010
  • Chamin M.

    Go to pacific catch restaurant which is walking distance. 9th/Lincoln lunch/dinner family friendly, healthy reasonably priced full bar!

    Chamin Mills · March 15, 2010
  • Ira S.

    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 Serkes · August 19, 2011
  • Helga K.

    Tihe architecture is impressive the museum itself not so much unfortunately. The permanent collection really has a provincial taste to it..

    Helga K · June 18, 2015
  • S_J L.

    great view from the top floor :) variety of works n arts♥ lots to see here! check out the gift shop on ur way out

    S_J L · November 2, 2014
  • mylifeisgorgeous

    Built by swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, this museum has become a hot cultural spot inside Golden Gate Park. Opens everyday Read more

    mylifeisgorgeous · October 23, 2011
  • Jackson G.

    I abhor stickers, stamps, buttons, and wristbands. May I leave the ticket in my shirtfront pocket, instead, like a handkerchief? Cool staff.

    Jackson Galan · February 2
  • Mae W.

    Come on a Friday night when there are special events going on. Been a member for the past 4 years & membership is totally worth it. Impressive 2010 exhibits! Can't wait to see what they have in store

    Mae W · October 13, 2010
  • Cristian G.

    Great museum in the middle of Golden Gate park. Wide range of artwork from Native American to post-colonial with great special exhibits.

    Cristian Gonzalez · August 13, 2014
  • Westfield S.

    Come see San Francisco’s vibrant history come to life. Visit Westfield San Francisco Centre to watch a free light spectacular under the dome nightly through July 7, 2013!

  • Krista T.

    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.

    Krista Thomas · February 21, 2012

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