Visitors to San Francisco will find over 65 museums to enjoy during their stay while vacationing in the city. They are a great way to discover the history, the art, and the future of San Francisco.There are so many that it is quite difficult to narrow down the choices and make your selection but you can according to your own personal preferences.
Art is a subject that is becoming more and more overlooked as budget cuts hit school curriculums and greater emphasis is placed on learning specific facts and details rather than the learning process, but art is a vitally important component of societal development. The one thing that survives the generations and appears in museums today is most often art of some sort. Art is a way of expressing who we are, what we dream, and where we hope we are going. Art museums are an integral component not only of preserving our past but also of insuring our future.
Just a sample of San Francisco’s museums include the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts which is dedicated to the visual and performing arts including film and video.
Another museum is the De Young Fine Arts Museum which offers a wide variety of exhibits in many shapes and sizes, from paintings to sculptures to quilts this museum offers some fantastic collections of art as well as offering excellent exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. Give your senses a feast of color, light, and texture by visiting the De Young located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The museum specializes in American painting, sculpture & decorative art, African, Oceanic, Meso-American, Central & South American art, textiles, contemporary craft, graphics art.
The Asian Art Museum offers up displays of India, China, western Asia (including Persia), South-East Asia, Korea & Japan. For state history there is the California Historical Society with exhibits and information on the state’s history and culture. There is even a Cartoon Art Museum which displays the art of comics & cartoons, including original animation cels, comic book pages & early newspaper comic strips.
A Contemporary Jewish Museum is one of several ethnic museums in the city and this one deals with contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas while the GLBT History Museum looks at the history and culture of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, communities and movements.
Several science oriented museums including The Exploratorium offer hands-on experiences for young scientists and those interested in the sciences. One of the more famous museums of the city is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum located in Fisherman’s Wharf, includes San Francisco celebrities, movie stars, music performers, sports stars, politicians and world leaders.
The Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology, part of Pacific School of Religion, displays artifacts from ancient Israel and Palestine, Greek and Cypriot ceramics, Egyptian scarabs, cuneiform tablets from ancient Mesopotamia, and over 300 historic Bibles from around the world.
Depending on the visitor’s interest, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, part of the University of California, Berkeley, main galleries focus on historical and contemporary Asian art, early American painting, mid-20th-century, Conceptual, contemporary international art, and California and Bay Area art. For car lovers there is the Duarte Garage Museum/Lincoln Highway Museum operated by the Livermore Heritage Guild and featuring classic cars and auto memorabilia.
And young and old alike will enjoy a visit to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum featuring dozens of realistic city and country scenes, with model trains from different eras running on several layouts in different scales.
No matter what your interest the museums of San Francisco are sure to give you an enjoyable and learning experinece.