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Exploratorium
#1 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
We visit science museums whenever we travel and our family has the ability to geek out particularly hard when it comes to hands-on fun.
I love physics and hands-on experiments for kids, especially preschool and primary grade level (which we found in abundance in Chgo museums and universities for our four young'uns back in the day).
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Walt Disney Family Museum
#2 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
... and other movies from the beginning e.g., Mickey, That Darn Cat, Mary Poppins and on and on, Disneyland... I've been to a lot of museums, many are minimal and sleepy, this is very interesting and captivating esp.
I love museums and art galleries and have been to many but this was by far the best I have ever been to.
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Legion of Honor
#3 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
... by Rodin Fine European paintings from old Dutch masters until French impressionists Russian decorative jewelry (Faberge), very rare in western museums Beautiful French furniture from 17-18 centuries etc, etc.
Legion of Honor museum is owned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and your ticket includes the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the FAMSF’s other museum, as long as you attend both on the same day.
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Cable Car Museum
#4 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Aside from the free museums in some of the world's great capitals (London and Washing DC for example), this is probably the BEST free museum I've ever been too.
One of the best transportation and transportation history museums on the planet.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
#5 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
This will become one of the great modern art museums of all time in the perfect city for creation and in the perfect location within the city.
One of the rare Museums opinion Mondays, this temple to generosity houses well-know, innovative and provocative works, plus hosts special exhibits, lectures and films.
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Asian Art Museum
#6 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
This spectacular show brings together pieces from the British Museum, East Coast museums, the San Diego Museum of Art (the Binney collection) as well as the Asian Art Museum.
Among all art museums I visited in SF, Asian Art Museum is the most iconic and has the most comprehensive collection.
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Musee Mecanique
#7 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Thoroughly enjoyed the museums enchanting antique machines!
This museum must be one of the best value attractions in San Francisco, so if you're in the Fisherman's Wharf area I can thoroughly recommend making the effort to visit and play on these wonderful old machines.
California Academy of Sciences
#8 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
California Academy of Sciences has something for all ages - the aquarium, the rain forest, the planetarium, the museum of natural history (which is one of the largest and newest museums of natural history in the w...
My husband and I love museums and have been to a lot, and this one is at the top of our list for great value and a truly fun experience.
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
#9 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
They have a wonderful Museum on board which has depictions of D-Day as well as lots of history about Liberty ships and what their purpose was for.
There is a great museum on board and you can tour the entire ship at your own pace and even see the ship's steam engine, footage of which was used in the movie 'Titanic'.
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Wells Fargo History Museum
#10 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
I like museums and history, and this was a quick but enjoyable visit.
I had a few hours to kill on my last day and found this lovely museum by chance which has free entry, interactive and excellent exhibits, suitable for adults and children, very interesting.
de Young Museum
#11 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
I've seen several other fashion shows at the Fine Arts Museums in SF (including the Oscar de la Renta show which was a knock-out) and this current show holds its own for the quality of the fashions as well as the...
Unlike many museums there is a great deal of wood and color inside, with wood floors and very tasteful (but subtle) color choices on the walls.
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
#12 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
I love museums and while there are many more interesting one's in the City, I learned many facts and antidotes on my visit here.
I've been to many maritime museums and this one is great.
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USS Pampanito
#13 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to finally check out a submarine and would recommend it to anyone to do if they too got the opportunity, there are far fewer museum submarines out there than museum ships and in rea...
Really interesting - you can board this submarine and view the inside of the boat - right next to maritime museum -
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Madame Tussauds San Francisco
#14 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
We had so much fun wandering around the museum... loved the local themes... where else would I find Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & Gerry Garcia?
We visited Madam Tussaud's wax museum in Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco... we had so much fun!
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Chinese Culture Center
#15 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
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The San Francisco Dungeon
#16 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Tired of the museums try a live attraction.
It is so much fun (if you let it be) conclusion is I enjoyed it MORE than the wax museum!
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Children's Creativity Museum
#17 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Of all the intereactive museums, this had the greatest amount of activity I've seen.
Normally I think our 11 year old is too old for children's museums, but this is the exception.
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park's Visitor Center
#18 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
One of the best maritime museums I have ever visited
The Maritime Museum and National Park Service Visitor Center was at the end of Fisherman’s Wharf and I spent a little bit of time there learning about the vast history of seafaring and fishing in San Francisco.
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Fort Mason Center
#19 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
What I found was a bustling venue with small galleries, restaurants, museums (Mexican History Museum, Italian Cultural Museum), a large used bookstore run by the Friends of the Library, a fabulous sound installati...
I enjoyed the fact that we could walk through Fort Mason and have convenient access to other sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, such as the Maritime Museum and Ghirardelli Square.
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The Beat Museum
#20 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
The Beat Museum in San Francisco is a great place for those of a certain age.......... well set out, full of memorabilia, great bookshop there too.
Kerouac, Bukowski, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Bukowski and many others still live at the Beat Museum, a large display of original collectibles, first signe dedications and a lot of very interesting stuff.
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The Gregangelo Museum
#21 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
While Gregangelo's Museum is phenomenal and utterly breath-taking at times just for the art, what truly made this experience unique was being able to share experiences, ideas, fears, and joys in a space that is co...
The home/museum itself is spectacular.
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Chinese Historical Society of America
#22 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
This museum is full of interesting and informative displays that take you through the history of Chinese Americans in the US.
This is a lovely museum in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest in the US.
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San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building
#23 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
This is one of the most engaging museums of its kind.
The museum is a good size for two hours tour,(compared with the museum in San Diego) and really interesting walking nearby, with good choice of restaurant in the area, definitely an amazing historical american cit...
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San Francisco Art Institute
#24 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
San Francisco Railway Museum
#25 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
We enjoyed riding the Streetcars and were amazed by the variety and superb condition of these “museums in motion”!
This museum tell the story of San Francisco's street car history using photo's, videos, artifacts and in particular the friendly volunteers running the museum all complimenting the amazing restoration of streetcar...
Contemporary Jewish Museum
#26 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Unlike otherJewish Museums that mostly focus on historic ritual items or historic events such as the Holocaust, the CJM hosts impressive traveling exhibits and locally developed programs that reflect the unique Je...
Right now, the museum has two great exhibits, “Lee the Jew” which chronicles the history of tattooing and the involvement of Jews as important artists and “Veiled Meaning” which exhibits Jewish dress in largely Ar...
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GLBT History Museum
#27 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Popped into the museum and was glad I did, the hosts explained the history and gave me tips on where to visit to make the history come alive.
The main section of the museum takes you through the development of LGBTQ life and culture from around the early 1920/30's to the election of harvey Milk and the development of Queer culture in San Fran.
Cartoon Art Museum
#28 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
It's a small gem among The City's numerous museum offerings and all ages can find things to wow them or make them laugh.
Excellent Museum for Comic Art Lovers
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Pier 24 Photography Museum
#29 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
As a photo enthusiast who has visited other photo museums and photo exhibits in art museums, it is wonderful to finally see a good sized museum dedicated solely to photography.
Fabulous Photography Museum
American Bookbinders Museum
#30 of 113 Museums in San Francisco
Really fantastic small museum, with helpful and informative staff and a brilliant gift shop.
This was our first visit to the American Bookbinders Museum and we had a blast at this museum attending the SF in SF literary event hosted at the American Bookbinders Museum last weekend.