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de Young Museum Admission

Museums San Francisco
$15
Explore one of San Francisco's most distinguished art collections at the de Young Museum, situated in lovely Golden Gate Park. Wander through the museum's spectacular permanent displays of paintings, sculpture and artifacts from the Americas, Africa and Oceania, and upgrade to include the audio tour and access to the top-tier Special Exhibitions. Head up to the Hamon Observation Tower to admire stunning views of San Francisco, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge!

The most-visited art museum west of the Mississippi, San Francisco's de Young Museum houses a vast permanent collection of art in a distinctive copper-clad structure in Golden Gate Park. Exploring the museum at your leisure, marvel at important American paintings, sculptures and decorative objects from the 17th century to the present, as well as fascinating pottery, woodcarvings and other decorative objects from South America, Africa and New Zealand.

Delve deeper by touring the museum's rotating exhibits of photography, textiles and graphic arts. The collection includes Japanese prints, photos of the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and couture designs by Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.

Recharge at the de Young Café, offering views of the museum's sculpture garden and menu items tied to the themes of current Special Exhibitions. Browse the intriguing selection of publications, home goods, toys and crafts at the museum's stores, and don't miss the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands from the 144-foot-tall (44-meter) Hamon Observation Tower.

Upgrade: Audio Tour or Special Exhibitions
Enhance your de Young Museum experience with the fascinating audio tour, suitable for both adults and children. Or you can choose to enjoy entrance to the highly anticipated Special Exhibitions, a staple at the de Young. Past exhibitions have showcased masterpieces by Picasso and Van Gogh, provocative costumes by designer Jean Paul Gaultier and priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.

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Legion of Honor Museum Admission

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$15
Perched on the headlands above the Golden Gate Bridge is the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. This unique art museum is one of San Francisco's greatest treasures, and its spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the impressive French neoclassical building. Explore an extensive collection of European paintings and sculptures, ancient Mediterranean art and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West, and upgrade to enjoy the audio tour or gain entrance to the fascinating Special Exhibits.

With your admission ticket in hand, head to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (known informally as the Legion of Honor), located in Lincoln Park overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, where the Pacific spills into San Francisco Bay. A gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco in the early 1900s, this stunning building is a replica of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur along the Seine in Paris, and its epic location makes this hidden gem one of the city's greatest treasures.
Explore the museum's extensive collection of more than 124,000 works of art, including European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West. The permanent collection reflects a history of patronage by its founders, whose focus was 18th- and 19th-century French art.
Don't miss one of the 28 original casts of Rodin's The Thinker statue and the must-see Salon Doré of the Hôtel de la Trémoille exhibit, reopening in the fall of 2013. This is one of the finest examples of French neoclassical interior architecture in the world.
Be sure to bring your camera, because after your time at the museum, you can walk a bit down the road for incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands in the distance.
Upgrade: Audio Tour or Special Exhibits Upgrade to include the audio tour at the Legion of Honor for a more in-depth experience, or enjoy entrance to its fascinating Special Exhibits.

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Exploratorium General Admission

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$30

Experience the Exploratorium, a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception that's dedicated to the excitement of experimentation, the pleasure of discovery, and the power of play. Indulge your curiosity in over 650 exhibits—indoors and out—and explore eye-opening ways to understand the world around you. Don't miss the iconic Tactile Dome, where you can take an interactive excursion in total darkness using your sense of touch as your only guide (be sure to make a reservation in advance). There's also a unique museum store plus two delicious places to eat: the SeaGlass restaurant, which has a stunning Bay view, and the Seismic Joint Cafe. 

Located at Pier 15 along San Francisco's Embarcadero between Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium is easy to get to by public transportation plus there's parking nearby. No visit to the Bay Area is complete without a visit to the Exploratorium!

Kids and adults both will love the Exploratorium in San Francisco! Recently reopened in a new state-of-the-art 9-acre campus, this favorite family attraction boasts a convenient location along the Embarcadero waterfront, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building. Enjoy the vibrant bayside energy of Pier 15, and then head inside the museum with your all-day general admission ticket. Complimentary museum maps are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.

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The Walt Disney Family Museum Admission in San Francisco

Museums San Francisco
$25
Take a wondrous journey into the life and legacy of animation legend Walt Disney at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio. Learn about Walt's life through exhibits narrated in his own voice, more than 200 video screens, and numerous early drawings, cartoons and films. View classic Disney films in the 'Fantasia'-themed theater, delight in a model of Disneyland, and upgrade to also include admission to the museum's captivating special exhibitions. Don't miss the stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay through a glass wall in the museum!

Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle. On view from May 18, 2017 to January 8, 2018, this original retrospective showcases the life and work of Eyvind Earle. Earle is best known as the lead stylist for Walt Disney's classic feature Sleeping Beauty(1959) and for concept art that shaped such enduring favorites as Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Peter Pan(1953).

Head to San Francisco's historic Presidio to use your admission ticket to The Walt Disney Family Museum, a fascinating tribute to the tremendous accomplishments of the animation pioneer. Enter the brick building and lose yourself in 40,000 square feet (3,715 square meters) of interactive galleries appealing to kids and adults alike.

See early drawings, cartoons, and films created by Walt, and hear about his disappointments and triumphs at listening stations narrated in his own voice. Sit back and watch a Disney classic at the Fantasia-themed theater. Marvel at the staggering collection of awards Walt won, and don't miss the model of the Disneyland as he initially imagined it.

Upgrade to also gain access to the Diane Disney Miller Exhibition Hall. Tour this inspiring museum at your own pace, staying as long as you wish during opening hours. Before you leave, make sure to take some gorgeous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay through the museum's wall of glass and from the grounds.

Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle. On view from May 18, 2017 to January 8, 2018, this original retrospective showcases the life and work of Eyvind Earle. Earle is best known as the lead stylist for Walt Disney's classic feature Sleeping Beauty(1959) and for concept art that shaped such enduring favorites as Lady and the Tramp (1955) and Peter Pan(1953).

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Renegade Group Tour at the San Francisco de Young Museum

Museums San Francisco
$49
Think you know San Francisco's de Young Museum? You haven't seen it until you've come on this tour. Check out the amazing backstories of the incredible objects in the museum's collection with us!

This is an unconventional tour of the de Young Museum. All participants must be 16 years of age or older.

Join this highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional museum tour. The de Young is part of the incredible Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. It's the most visited art museum west of the Mississippi. It has objects from around the globe, an observation tower to die for... heck, even the building itself is a work of art! This museum is awesome. So we hacked it.

We offer a high-energy, group-oriented tour experience certain to keep you entertained and teach you a bit along the way.

On a 90-minute Museum Hack tour, you should expect:

  • Group participation
  • Juicy gossip and backstory
  • A fast pace
  • Fun photos
Join us for a wild adventure through the de Young, one that you wouldn't get by simply visiting the museum on your own.

*This tour is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco.