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de Young Museum

Art Museum and Sculpture Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerApril 7, 2016
    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!
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueApril 12, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJune 19, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DalzellJuly 17, 2017
    Amazing Summer of Love exhibit. I was born in '69, and seeing this exhibit gave me a cool sense of what my parents must have been up to when they were young.
  • Winson S.
    Winson Shuen2 weeks ago
    I never think of myself as a fine art person but their special exhibitions always bring me back. You can also go up to the observation tower (for free) for a great view of the city.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 31, 2017
    Visitors can ascend the museum's 144-foot-high tower to admire San Francisco views from the observation room, free of charge. Read more
  • 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
  • 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, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. :)
  • Cristina
    CristinaJune 29, 2016
    Very beautiful structures especially at the Tea Garden. Plus they have a little cart where they sell hot cocoa. Its really good! Recomended!
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    The permanent collection is meh, but they consistently get great touring exhibitions. See the art world one exhibit at a time without leaving SF.
  • 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.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 14, 2016
    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
  • Maria N.
    Maria NelsonJanuary 23, 2017
    Gorgeous! Amazing collections, stellar views. Student ticket for $6 is such a steal!
  • KahWee T.
    KahWee TengMay 23, 2016
    The best part of the museum might be the overlook on the top floor. You can such a great view of the surrounding.
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyMay 13, 2016
    A nice art museum focused mostly on Modern art. They have different exhibitions.
  • Vivian W.
    Vivian WangSeptember 1, 2016
    Beautiful architecture. Be sure to go to the back (behind the outdoor cafe) and check out the outdoor exhibitions
  • 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.
    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.
  • Tanya M.
    Tanya MenendezOctober 15, 2017
    Go to the observatory tower, awesome panoramic views. The garden has a good meditation room in the back :)
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  • 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.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BushJuly 23, 2017
    Great gallery in the heart of Golden Gate Park. Go check out the Summer of Love Exhibition while it's still showing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesFebruary 23, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    An interesting and eclectic collection of art and artifacts.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 12, 2017
    While the permanent gallery may not be amazing, the observation deck is almost worth the price of admission.
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