Museums | San Francisco Travel Blog
If we haven’t impressed this upon you enough already, San Francisco is home to more museums than most everywhere else in the world. All throughout the Bay Area lie enormous collections of artwork, from classical to ancient to modern, comprised of every material known to humankind, presented in a wealth of different styles. One of the most popular and valuable museums currently in operation in San Francisco is the Museum of the African Diaspora (known as MoAD).
Few art museums can lay claim to such an imposing title as the Legion of Honor. Since Armistice Day, November 11th of 1924, the Legion of Honor has acted as one of the primary fine art museums within the Bay Area. Modeled off of the French Pavilion that was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the museum was supposed to open its doors to the public much sooner, but the First World War delayed this event for several years. When the end of the war brought the beginning of the museum, San Francisco dedicated the building to the soldiers who had perished in the ghastly conflict.
America has perhaps done more for the cartoon art form than any other country in the world. From George Herriman to Lynda Barry, from R. Crumb to C. Schultz, the American drive to create cartoons, comics, and graphic novels has resulted in some stunning pieces of work that too often are skipped over when people begin discussing valuable art in America.
For many decades, artists from all across the globe have come to call San Francisco home or, if not, to at least benefit massively from the city’s intense engagement with art and those who make it. One of the most influential and important art institutions in the city, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (known as SFMOMA), has alone done enough to garner the City by the Bay its far-reaching reputation as a haven for artists.
San Francisco is home to many, many thrilling and unique museums. From The Contemporary Jewish Museum to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, one could spend several months just wandering through the hallways and galleries of these amazing buildings, marveling at their stunning exhibits and collections. While some of these museums are more geared towards the adults among us, some of them try to bridge the gap between young and old, offering a chance for families to tromp together through the space and build wonderful new memories with one another.
On this blog, we often highlight unusual or special events in the Bay Area. Film festivals, wine tastings, mobile food pop-ups, and craft markets are our traditional fare, and if you’ve used us as a resource for something to do in San Francisco and the surrounding area, the chances are good that its been for an event or activity that had a specific time window. Today, we are going to take a departure from this formula to look at something a little more fixed: The Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Ice cream. Without it, what would we be? Barbarians? Cave people? Theories abound, but one thing is for certain: ice cream is one of the hallmarks of civilization and something that everyone should spend a lot more time thinking about. If you’re like us, you’ve often caught yourself wondering if there was some sort of space where you could go to revel in your love of ice cream with fellow epicureans. Well, if you are in the Bay Area, then we have just the thing for you: the Museum of Ice Cream!
The San Francisco Decorator Showcase has spent the past 41 years building up a strong reputation as one of the decoration industries touchstone events. The SFDS gathers together the Bay Area’s best and brightest who are working in areas such as interior design and landscape design for a month long showcase of their work and their visions.
Over the past hundred years, San Francisco has acted as a powerful beacon for artists looking to reinvent, challenge, and discover themselves. From filmmakers to musicians to poets to painters, the Bay Area is the home they have looked for their entire lives. This helps explain why the city boasts of so many wonderful art galleries, bookstores, cafes, and other spaces that host and nurture artists of all kinds.
There is something about old maps that stirs us deep within. Seeing a drawing of a now familiar land mass rendered unusual due to the lack of contemporary structures, seeing a drawing that is meant to convey a comprehensive image of a place rather than a functional series of directions on how to make it from point A to point B by taking the fastest root causes us to feel a sense of possibility that, quite frankly, few modern experiences can recreate.