De Young Museum, San Francisco

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50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 750-3600

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    A fabulous museum

    by albaaust Written Jan 16, 2014

    This was an excellent museum. We used our San Francisco Pass for entry. The museum has some particularly interesting galleries attached to various stages of American history from its beginnings to forging a new identity to post war art. I learnt some interesting facts about American slang from this exhibition.The museum also has some lovely examples of pioneer furniture and glassware. Note that the SF Pass does not cover special exhibitions or displays such as the Vermeer collection.

    The museum has an very good al fresco restaurant attached to it.

    One of the glassware sculptures on display The restaurant attached to museum
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    Visiting the deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Cali

    by gatorcat Written May 16, 2013

    The de Young Museum features among its collections: Art in America to the 20th Century, 20th Century through to post WWII artists with a few well known international contemporary artists. Art od the Americas, Art of Africa, Art of Oceania and one of my favorite Native American Art.
    It isn't a huge gallery and very nicely done to show off it's current collections.
    Location: Golden Gate Park, John F Kennedy Drive and Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
    Information: www.famsf.org or 415-750-3600

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    de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

    by Agraichen Written Dec 4, 2011

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    The de Young museum in Golden Gate Park is a great way to spend an afternoon or even a day depending on the exhibits on display. The Herzog & de Meuron designed building is striking yet eco friendly.

    The gallary literature claims that more than 25,000 works of art are on display. Just walking to the building and viewing some of the sculptures helps you understand just how much is contained in a rather small (by some standards) museum space.

    The Observation Floor at the top of the de Young's tower provides, on a clear day, some wonderful views of San Francisco.

    Audio Tours are available from the tour rental kiosks near the main entrance.

    Admission:
    Adults 18-64 - $10 Youth 13-17 - $6 Seniors 65+ - $7 Children free
    General Admission discount $2.00 if you present a MUNI fast pass or transfer ticket.
    General Admission also includes same-day admission to the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.

    Hours:
    Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
    Friday evenings until 8:45 PM (Mid Jan - Mid Nov)

    The Cafe provides sandwiches, salads, soups, drinks throughout the day until 4:30. The food is surprisingly good for a "museum cafe."

    Still photography is allowed for most exhibits. Some special exhibits forbid photos. No video, tripods or flash photography allowed.

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    World Class Fine Arts Museum

    by TexasDave Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A very nice variety of exhibits from all over the world and from different periods of history. Besides all the art there is an observation tower which gives a fantastic vantage point for seing most of San Francisco.

    Admission:
    Adults $10, Seniors 65 and over $7, Youths 13-17 $6, Children 12 and under FREE.
    Admission tickets to the de Young include same-day general admission to the Legion of Honor.
    Muni riders with Fast Pass, transfer, or CultureBus ticket receive a $2 discount.

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    de Young Museum

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Operating for over 100 years, the de Young Museum focuses on American art from the 17th century to today as well as art from the Americas, Africa, and Pacific Rim. The museum underwent a complete makeover (more like reconstructive surgery) when it built a state-of-the-art facility that blends architecture with the natural surroundings of its location in Golden Gate Park. The result is an innovative architectural style both of the building and the surrounding landscaping. Those who remember the old museum will be happy to hear that part of the renovation was the construction of an underground parking garage which significantly relieves the parking woes in the area.

    The museum has a cool observation deck which provides great views over the trees of the park toward the surrounding neighborhoods of Sunset to the south and the Richmond and Presidio to the north. While there is an entrance fee to view the collections, there is no fee to take the elevator up to the observation deck. Admission on the first Tuesday of each month is free.

    View from the observation deck

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    Deyoung museum

    by sunshine9689 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located right in the Golden Gate Park, this museum is free on the 1st Tuesday of every month.

    PRICE: Pay $10 on all other days.

    HOURS: 9.30am - 5.15pm. The tower shuts down at 4.30pm though.

    DAYS: Closed on Monday.

    LOCATION: Golden Gate Park.
    If you are like me and want to take advantage of a Free Museums Day (1st Tuesday of a month), you can visit Legion of Honor museum first and then go to Deyoung by 1)taking a bus #2 at Clement/33rd, getting off at 33rd/Balboa; 2) then taking bus #31 to 8th/Balboa and 3) walking 2 blocks down South to the museum.

    NOTE: On Friday nights museum stays open until 8.45pm and hosts movies, shows, live music, poetry and dance performances. For more details (like calendars and timetables of these events), click here.

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    The NEW DeYoung Museum

    by atufft Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In 1998, Propositiion A, a city bond initiative was narrowly defeated, marking the second time that San Francisco voters declined the opportunity to rebuild and restore the earthquake damaged DeYoung, the city's oldest and largest fine art museum that is located within Golden Gate Park. Shortly thereafter though, fundraising for private restoration began and raised some $190 million to demolish the old DeYoung, which was an extremely popular classical revival style building with an ecclectic collection of art. The new designs were not well received at first, and there were lawsuits and local opposition to the design that many regarded as ugly. An economic downturn after 2000 threatened many museums in the city, but the DeYoung reconstruction continued. In Fall 2005, the New DeYoung opened. The new facility is much larger than the older one, and a new parking garage under the undisturbed music concourse provides much easier access than was ever possible before. The DeYoung's collections of Oceanic and New Guinea tribal art are among the world's best. The African Art collection is also large and excellent. In addition, the DeYoung has a fine collection of North American Indigenous Artifacts, including some excellent examples of the exceedingly rare California Native basketry (See New DeYoung Part II tip). It comes as no surprise to many that the DeYoung would have an excellent collection of large scale landscapes from the Carmel Art Colony and late 19th century Naturalism periods. But, the DeYoung also guest exhibits of Modern Art collections, such as the Ruth Asawa art shown in the images for the DeYoung III tip. In the new venue these treasures are displayed in a better light, and supported by larger space, museum store, and cafe. Admission tickets to the de Young may be used on the same day for free entrance to the Legion of Honor. Muni riders with Fast Pass or transfer receive a $2 discount.

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  • The oddly mixed museum

    by RblWthACoz Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The DeYoung Museum has to have the oddest mix of art on display that I can ever recall seeing. Their collections of Oceanic and African art is massive. Especially in comparison to everything else. Also of note is the largest group of Teotihuacan wall murals outside of Mexico, which are extremely well preserved. The collection is well worth seeing and checking out, as is the view fro the 10th floor observation tower. Bring your Muni pass, receipt, or transfer and get $2 off the admission price too! First Tuesdays are also free admission days.

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    San Francisco's De Young Museum

    by dee_1NiteAngel Updated Jul 26, 2010

    San Francisco's De Young Museum~ Artists are honored for their exceptional exhibits. Respectfully, their talents are showcased so the viewer may appreciate the exquisite artwork on display stemming from oil paints on canvas to the rare Aztec stonework and lapidary arts. Three dimensional creations come to life utilizing a venue of multi-faceted materials that produce stunning sculptures. Archaeological artifacts reveal lost cultural ways of life and earth's precious resources are intertwined, woven together and displayed in virtual suspension. Delicate blown glass seemingly defies gravity and takes on shapes proving a kaleidoscope of vibrant colorful and intricate details can emerge through the technique of layering. There are as many artforms utilizing earth's elements in ways that can only be interpreted by the explicit impressions of the Artist.

    One extraordinary structure plays with the illusion of a refugee 'Cathedral' fashioned solely out of parts from the era of wartime. Symbolically, the Artist uses guns, bullets, shot, steel, glass, tooth, bone and 15th century fabric. Respectfully titled, 'The Spine and Tooth of Santa Guerro' and when viewed from afar, this fascinating architectural structure appears to suggest a place of 'refuge' for wartime victims brutally wounded and yet, when one draws near, irony dictates 'Truths'.

    Displayed in the background is Cornelia Parker's 'Anti-Mass' which is charred wood remains shaped then suspended in still life using wire. The wood was taken from an African American Baptist Church in Alabama destroyed by arson and is said to depict both science and religion united symbolically in a monument to the postive power of creativity and belief to triumph over the negative forces of destruction and intolerance. Truth, is in the eye of the beholder, experience is in the hearts and minds of those who lived it.

    Kiki Smith ~ 'Lilith' / Bronze and Glass Nicolas Africano's / Cast Glass Al Farrow's / The Spine and Tooth of Santa Guerro Nasca & Chimu Culture / Accessories Angles/Shapes ~ Sterling Illusions
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    by mindcrime Written Jan 20, 2010

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    What I really loved here that we had a lot of space to enjoy the exhibits, there weren’t many visitors inside and this is the only way to appreciate a good painting or take a close look to a sculpture. There are countless items to see but don’t miss the strange architecture of the building itself. What we enjoyed more was the Native American sculptures and some of the contemporary art but we didn’t really get excited. The exhibits are well presented and this adds a lot to a museum visit.

    There are temporary exhibitions from time to time, Tutanhamun exhibit was on display during our visit but we’ve been to Cairo so we skipped that and the extra 20 dollars they asked for! And from what I know his famous mask and sarcophagus weren’t there.

    The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 09.30-17.00 (till 20.30 on Fridays). The entrance fee from the permanent collection is $10 (including a visit to Legion of Honor) or free with the CityPass (the pass saved us a lot of money). The giftstore is (as usual) overpriced.

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    the de young museum

    by rkearns Written Oct 3, 2008

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    this is not only a magnificent piece of architecture and landscape, it has world class art to boot. just walking around this massive space, you will see the art within the architecture itself...cracks in the ground that align themselves with cracked rocks that lay staggered in the enclosed courtyard....it's a must do if you come to s.f.
    the museum is kid-friendly, has a store and a cafeteria with floor to ceiling enclosed indoor seating, and outdoor seating among a sculpture garden.

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    De Young Museum

    by poetjo Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    I went there for the grand re-opening in October 2005 and absolutely loved it. It's a bit like a maze inside until you get used to it but it's really well done. The art is unique, contemporary and eclectic yet traditional and exotic. Something for everyone. The Koret theater within the museum is a great little venue. I attended a poetry reading and an Egyptian dance performance there on two separate occasions. I really enjoy it very much and have gone several times since the re-opening. Can never get enough of that museum. BTW great gift shop as well. One thing I have not yet done however, because it's always been too crowded is go up in the tower. Hope to do that soon.

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    The New MH DeYoung Museum is Open!

    by Karnubawax Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    After 5 years and a complete tear down and rebuild, the MH DeYoung Museum is finally open again!

    Now, to start off, let me say again that San Francisco has had a reputation for having not very good museums - and the old DeYoung was often sited as an example. The new DeYoung, however, is a vast improvement! The architecture is bold and provocative, eliciting all kinds of praise and grumbles from locals.

    Is it a great museum, artwise? I would have to say... probably not. But the overall package of the architecture, the setting, the views from the observation deck, and (some of) the art make it a must see. It is also right next to the Japanese Tea Garden, scross from the soon-to-be-opened Academy of Sciences, very close to Strybing Arboraetum, a few blocks away from the 9th Avenue shopping district, and about a mile or so away from the Haight/Ashbury, so you can make a very enjoyable day out of the area.

    Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for youths, but you get $2 off for showing your MUNI transfer or pass! Your ticket also provides same-day admission to the Palace of the Legion of Honor, which is a long ways away, but is actually even better than the DeYoung (artwise, at least).

    When you get in, check out the cool courtyards and entryway! The first floor contains a largely uninspiring assortment 20th c. and Contemporary art. The good news is it gets better on the 2nd floor. The African Art is amazing, as is the collection from Oceania and New Guinea. These two areas alone are worth the price of admission.

    The observation tower looms 9 stories over GGP, and has incredible 360 degree views. The other 4 photos are taken from there.

    Museum Hours:
    Tuesday thru Sunday, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Open 'till 8:45 PM on Friday
    CLOSED MONDAY!

    Richmond District & Marin Headlands The Bandshell TA pyramid, B of A building, and USF cathedral The Inner Sunset
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    De Young Museum

    by SteveOSF Updated Sep 30, 2007

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    Located in the "Music Concourse" region of Golden Gate Park, the Museum was recently opened after being completely rebuilt. The new museum is receiving rave reviews. It houses a variety of works of art, as well as traveling exhibits. Originally built in 1894 as part of the 1894 California Mid Winter Exposition, the museum is surrounded by landscaping features and structures dating back to that era. A new underground parking garage was recently opened nearby in association with the museum construction.

    Local Historical Note:
    The original museum sustained damage during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. For a while during the discussions concerning replacing the museum, moving the museum's location from the park to the San Francisco Waterfront was under serious consideration. The museum under its final form drew extensive opposition, mostly from the nearby neighborhoods and environmental groups, who felt its tall tower, as well as the underground parking structure are inappropriate for Golden Gate Park. Their objections were heard in court. After an initial victory by the opposition, the museum sponsors won and carried the day.

    De Young Museum in final weeks of construction Lion statue salvaged from original site
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    M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum

    by VeronicaG Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Following a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden, a short walk led us to the M.H. DeYoung Memorial Museum.

    This brand new multi-million dollar building clad in perforated copper sheets was completed in 2005. It replaces the original building, constructed in the late 1800's which was destroyed by the 1989 earthquake.

    Designers were Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Switzerland; architects were Fong and Chan, of San Francisco.

    The design is such that it allows the surrounding outdoor environment to reflect through the expansive windows.

    FYI: The DeYoung Museum focuses primarily on art of the Americas, Oceania and Africa.

    Across the way, the Bandshell overlooks a green space. (picture 4). It was donated to the city by the Spreckles family and is a lovely venue for music events held here.

    Although we didn't have time to tour the museum, we took an elevator to the top of the education tower for great views of the area and grounds, for which there was no charge (pictures 2 & 3).

    Please see website below for hours and admission costs for a complete tour of the museum and its exhibitions.

    DeYoung Museum The Pool of Enchantment The surrounding neighborhood The Bandshell
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