Marvel at special exhibitions and changing presentations from SFMOMA’s collection of more than 27,000 artworks, photographs, and design objects. Enjoy the newly-opened rooftop sculpture garden while relaxing with a cup of famed Blue Bottle coffee. Open late Thursdays. 151 3rd St., 415-357-4000, sfmoma.org
“@SFMOMA. Thursday evenings”. - Jack Dorsey, co-Founder, Twitter.
Visit the only known sculpture garden of its kind located in the San Francisco Dump during a tour with the Artist In Residence Program tours held on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Tours also include an overview of the company and recycling operations in San Francisco. Reservations required. sunsetscavenger.com
Offering one of the best views of the bay the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts features two floors of exhibition space in the Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries. While in the neighborhood stroll to Lombard street a few blocks away or down the hill to North Beach. 1111 Eighth Street. 415.551.9210.
4. Paxton Gate
Paxton Gate, is often described as treasures and oddities inspired by the garden and the natural sciences. Known for its mix of neo-Victorian delights, eclectic animal and plant ephemera, taxidermy, bones and skulls, framed and mounted insects, jewelry, affordable art, fossils & minerals, and more. Many locals bring their visiting friends here and can’t quite explain why but it’s an inspired place and a must see. 824 Valencia Street, between 19th and 20th, 415-824-1872. Mission
5. 826 Valencia
826 Valencia otherwise known as the Pirate Store. Founded by best-selling author Dave Eggers 826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. If that isn’t enough, visitors to the store will find a retail book and Pirate supply store complete with lard, eye patches, books you never knew you needed and the only fish theatre in town. 826 Valencia Street. Open daily Noon – 6 p.m.
Located in the heart of Chinatown the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has been producing cookies since 1962. For $1 you can take a picture! 56 Ross Alley (at Jackson St).
Look up! That’s what you need to do to see the Language of Birds one of dozens of site specific art installations throughout San Francisco. Created by San Francisco artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, it was selected as one of the best public artworks in the United States at the 2009 Americans for the Arts Conference. Intersection of Broadway and Columbus avenues. North Beach
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