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de Young Museum

Art Museum and Sculpture Garden
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.July 15, 2012
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaJanuary 30
    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.
  • 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!
  • conans h.
    We went to this place today, a guard rudely dragged my bag out of my shoulder and told me never put it back on. How can that be? Highly recommend NOT to go this terrible place. The worst museum ever.
  • Will 李.
    Will 李January 31, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
  • Natasha W.
    Natasha WJanuary 31, 2010
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • Mae W.
    Mae WOctober 13, 2010
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jari S.
    Jari SalomaaDecember 12, 2009
    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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesAugust 19, 2011
    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
  • 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. :)
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jackson G.
    Jackson GalanFebruary 2
    I abhor stickers, stamps, buttons, and wristbands. May I leave the ticket in my shirtfront pocket, instead, like a handkerchief? Cool staff.
  • 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
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