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de Young Museum

Art Museum and Sculpture Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Feb 12
  • 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!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Maria N.
    Maria NelsonJanuary 23
    Gorgeous! Amazing collections, stellar views. Student ticket for $6 is such a steal!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aleksey
    AlekseyMay 13, 2016
    A nice art museum focused mostly on Modern art. They have different exhibitions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesFebruary 23
    Been here 5+ times
    An interesting and eclectic collection of art and artifacts.
    Upvoted Feb 23
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Emilio M.
    Emilio MartínezDecember 30, 2014
    Love, love, love the building's architecture! Plus, Golden Gate Park is always nice for a walk
  • Jason D.
    Jason DukesFebruary 12
    While the permanent gallery may not be amazing, the observation deck is almost worth the price of admission.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • ashley t.
    ashley tevatiaJune 27, 2013
    Don't miss Hamon Tower. Free admission and one of the best panoramic views of SF!
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 22, 2016
    Head up the tower any time the museum is open for a gorgeous 369 degree view of SF, FOR FREE.
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.March 11, 2013
    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.
  • Jackson G.
    Jackson GalanFebruary 2, 2016
    I abhor stickers, stamps, buttons, and wristbands. May I leave the ticket in my shirtfront pocket, instead, like a handkerchief? Cool staff.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonAugust 31, 2014
    The collection I found quite badly organised but the views from the observation deck were fantastic!
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienJanuary 20, 2012
    An architectural marvel. Even if you don't go in, just admiring it from the outside is worth the trip.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RhoadesSeptember 14, 2013
    On a scale from French train station to the four seasons lobby, these bathrooms rate a solid 4.5!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJanuary 11, 2016
    The de Young Museum has a unique collection of Oceanic art and includes important New Zealand Maori woodcarvings.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 2, 2015
    Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month! Check the roof view, it's beautiful
  • Ting S.
    Ting SNovember 6, 2015
    Observation tower is free admission. The best view of SF.
  • Liz K.
    Liz KJanuary 17, 2014
    Get tickets online to avoid unholy crowds. Be prepared for lines everywhere with a 90% old white lady population
  • Ariel G.
    Ariel GuAugust 26, 2015
    BOA card holder should always bring cards with them. They will have free pass on certain days.
  • Cristian G.
    Cristian GonzalezAugust 13, 2014
    Great museum in the middle of Golden Gate park. Wide range of artwork from Native American to post-colonial with great special exhibits.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LaFrenaisJanuary 27, 2014
    Its free to get up to the observation deck and the view of the city is pretty great from up there.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinFebruary 16, 2015
    Special exhibitions cost 29 instead of the usual 10. Just a heads up that I could have used.
  • julia t.
    julia tApril 3, 2015
    The cafeteria is surprisingly good and the outdoor seating scenic. Small but interesting exhibits.
  • megan
    meganAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The cafe food is just meh, but the back patio is not a bad place to share a bottle of wine with friends (after the art of course).
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    de Young Museum was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Jean-Michel H.
    Jean-Michel HoffmanSeptember 20, 2014
    You have to checkout the James Turrel skyscape in the sculpture garden. It's incredible! No need to pay admission either.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiSeptember 6, 2015
    The special exhibitions are worth seeing. The cafe serves some good food.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    Free Friday Nights at the de Young start early and end early, so be sure to get there on time to maximize your experience. Read more
  • 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!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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 ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Liz W.
    Liz WilkesJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    World class museum - amazing visiting exhibits. Not to be missed.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchMay 6, 2011
    This museum, redesigned in 2005, offers a wide scope of artwork—it combines colonial American paintings with pottery from Africa and murals from Teotihuacan.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FranzNovember 17, 2009
    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.
  • Jon
    JonSeptember 24, 2014
    Worth walking through the park to get to, just to check out the great architecture.
  • Mae W.
    Mae WOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Kate L.
    Kate LaFleurApril 24, 2013
    Go before 4pm PST and get there in time for the Tower. It's totally free and totally worth going the view is incredible!
  • Patricia
    PatriciaSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Bvlgari exhibit is INSANE. Beautiful jewelry, beautifully showcased.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Usually has good exhibits and the tower has great views of SF on a clear day.
  • Aneel S.
    Aneel ShenkerJuly 28, 2013
    Cafeteria way above average for a museum, also a bit more pricey. They also have a kids menu.
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WoiteshekMarch 13, 2014
    The cafe is amazing-all local, all organic and phenomenally prepared.
  • Helga K.
    Helga KJune 18, 2015
    Tihe architecture is impressive the museum itself not so much unfortunately. The permanent collection really has a provincial taste to it..
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaFebruary 18, 2015
    Great visiting exhibits! Check out view on top before you leave!
  • Chamin M.
    Chamin MillsMarch 15, 2010
    Go to pacific catch restaurant which is walking distance. 9th/Lincoln lunch/dinner family friendly, healthy reasonably priced full bar! Www.pacificcatch.com
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJune 24, 2011
    On July 14, a rare opportunity to see Picassos from the Musée National Picasso in Paris is dressed up with cocktails, dancing and a crowd to remember.
  • Maru R.
    Maru RegalziAugust 15, 2016
    Late Fridays in the summer the museum if free. Also, do the museum hack experience
  • Nicoletta F.
    Nicoletta FasanoApril 3, 2010
    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
  • Mikey M.
    Mikey MizrahiSeptember 22, 2014
    The modern art and Mayan art is amazing.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer GoslynNovember 21, 2009
    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!
  • Martine P.
    Martine PedersenMarch 4, 2015
    Just love this place. Go up the tower and enjoy the view.
  • heidi h.
    heidi harmanMay 4, 2015
    The building itself it worth seeing as well as the art in it.
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AlbrechtSeptember 16, 2011
    Gorgeous museum...check out one of the many gift-shops for extremely unique gifts
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingApril 28, 2010
    Outside of the unique architecture of the building, the best part is the observasion tower. Incredible views of San Francisco!
  • Renee
    ReneeJuly 7, 2012
    Bank of America members have a free day once a month. Check with the museum what days are scheduled
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonMarch 27, 2016
    Sometimes their exhibits aren't for everyone. Check first what they are highlighting. Not a cheap date.
  • Marina K.
    Marina K.December 12, 2016
    Great mix of modern art and historical exhibits.
  • Wojciech Z.
    Wojciech ZalotOctober 31, 2014
    Great view from 9th floor of tower and pretty cool exhibitions.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweOctober 21, 2010
    ...enjoy the exhibitions! Also check their special events schedule for Cultural Encounters on Friday Nights at de Young! -> http://deyoung.famsf.org
  • Max S.
    Max SmsApril 18, 2014
    Recomendo aos brasileiros que visitem este museu! Sobretudo se tiverem adquirido o City Pass. Depois de apreciar as obras de arte visitem a lojinha do DeYoung que tem vários souvernirs com preços bons
  • Nao T.
    Nao TomitaMay 14, 2015
    デ・ヤング美術館:ヘルツォーク&ド・ムーロン(2005)。アメリカの美術作品を中心に収集するサンフランシスコで最も歴史ある美術館。建物を覆った銅版は網目状になっており、そこから木漏れ日のような日差しが注ぎ込む。潮風により発生した緑色の錆も美しい。9階建の塔の最上階には展望台があり、360度サンフランシスコの景色が楽しめる。
  • Lorena F.
    Lorena FranzoniJanuary 22, 2014
    Vale mucho la pena subir a "Tower Observation - Level 9" esta increíble la vista de todo San Francisco"
  • Alan x.
    Alan x el mundoFebruary 25, 2015
    Busquen el Skyspace de James Turrell en el jardín y pongan su canción favorita mientras ven el cielo.
  • Enterartedf
    EnterartedfNovember 14, 2015
    Gran museo de arte contemporáneo y buenas propuestas, un must si estás turisteando por aquí
  • Antoine R.
    Antoine RMSMay 31, 2015
    Super musée au milieu du Golden Gate Park, juste en face de l'academy of science ! Gratuit le 1er mercredi du mois😉
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaSeptember 8, 2015
    Un lugar simplemente hermoso arquitectura única y lleno de obras de arte
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