Stimulate Your Creative Side in San Francisco
As has been often pointed out, San Francisco is a hotbed for cultural activity and innovation. The city is one of the most creativity-minded places on earth, and this mean that visitors will find themselves surrounded by cultural and intellectual offerings of the top degree. In particular, the museums in San Francisco have gorged themselves on the uniqueness of the city. Take advantage of a rainy or cold day and spend a few hours in one or all of the following places. Also, keep in mind that this is only a partial list, as a complete roster of San Francisco’s museums, galleries, exploratoriums, and places of wonderment would be far beyond the scope of one article.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Perfect for those of you with children (or those who are children at heart), the Walt Disney Family Museum, located in the Presidio at 104 Montgomery Street, is a space dedicated to the heritage of Walt Disney, his life, his movies, and his memory. Lucky visitors will have the chance to immerse themselves with sketches, music, films, a to-scale model of Disneyland, and a theater built in the style of Fantasia that screens Disney movies throughout the day. So, whether you are a youngster looking to binge on some Disney or an adult interested in diving deep into the life of this unique American, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a worthwhile stop.
Named after it’s founder, M. H. de Young, the De Young (located in the scenic Golden Gate Park) is a fine art museum with an extensive collection and marvelous visiting exhibitions. Specifically, the De Young focuses on American art that spans from the 17th to the current century with generous selections ranging from textiles to costumes to contemporary art. The building itself is almost a good enough reason alone to go visit the museum, and the works housed within this unique structure are only enhanced by the remarkable architecture. Come to the De Young early, stay until closing, and feel yourself bathed in the best of American culture.
The Musée Mécanique is one of the most extraordinary and memorable museums on earth. Located on the eastern side of the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, the Musée is, when it comes right down to it, a warehouse full of old arcades games, orchestrions, mechanical creatures, and curios from across several centuries. Be sure to bring plenty of spare change, as most of the collection is in working condition, and the entire magic of the Musée lies in the fact that visitors are encouraged to wander through the labyrinthine space playing the games, listening to the music, and generally basking themselves in the atmosphere.