SF Attractions: de Young Museum
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Located in Golden Gate Park, minutes from one of the most affordable boutique hotels in San Francisco, the de Young Museum is home to American art from the 17th to the 21st century. Collections include the American Sculpture and Decorative Art exhibit, African Art, Oceanic Art, the Jolika Collection of New Guinea art, the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection and others.
The de Young Museum originally opened in 1895, but following earthquake damage in the late 20th century, a newly designed building was completed in 2005. Designed by Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog, the current structure is built on the site of its earthquake damaged predecessor. The inspirational exterior design is loved by many and disliked by others. Perhaps most controversial is the dramatic tower, which twists clockwise above the museum and offers a panoramic view of the San Francisco skyline. The tower is accessible to the public without museum admission. The color of the museum is unique - a "dappled copper" color designed to reflect the water on the nearby bay. Whether you love or hate the building's exterior design, the de Young museum is a 'must visit' on your next trip to San Francisco.
The interior is designed as a seamless exhibition area, where visitors can easily view the many art collections. Housing the Rockefeller collection of American art, as well as several themed collections, the museum offers many special exhibits throughout the year. The American Art collection showcases over 1000 paintings from colonial times to the 21st century, including works by George Caleb Bingham, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood and Georgia O'Keefe. Special exhibits rotate throughout the year.
The de Young museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park, less than 10 minutes from your lodging at the Metro Hotel. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Fridays until 8:45 p.m. Admission is free the first Tuesday of each month, with special exhibition fees applying.
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