Tomorrow is the first Tuesday of the month, and that means FREE admission to museums around the city. Pick one and spend the day perusing its collections, or go wild and spend the whole day running around town, giving yourself the all-encompassing (free) tour of SF museums.
- The de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, showcases priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific.
Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
- The Legion of Honor displays a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
Location: 100 34th Avenue
- The Conservatory of Flowers, opened in 1879, is the oldest existing conservatory of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. It boasts over 1,750 species of rare, exotic, and endangered plants from more than 50 countries. If the weather stays sunny and gorgeous, I recommend venturing here for a free afternoon of garden strolling.
Hours: 10am-4:30pm (last entry at 4:00)
Location: 100 John F Kennedy Drive
- The Cartoon Art Museum preserves and exhibits cartoon art in all its forms. It offers about 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection, a classroom for cartoon art, a bookstore, and a complete volume research and library facility. The first Tuesday is a “Pay What You Wish” day, so maybe throwing them a few bucks would be nice.
Location: 655 Mission St.
- If modern art is what you’re after, the SFMOMA houses the West Coast’s most comprehensive collection of twentieth-century art. Painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, media arts… it has it all.
Hours: 11:00 am to 5:45 pm
Location: 151 Third Street
- Lastly, to round out your museum tour, head the the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The multidisciplinary art center features exhibitions, performances, film/video, and community engagement. If you want to see contemporary, emerging artists from the Bay Area and around the world, this is the place to go.
Location: 701 Mission St.