Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.

The Legion of Honor was inspired by the French pavilion, a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The museum opened in 1924 in the Beaux Arts–style building designed by George Applegarth on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Its holdings span four thousand years and include European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.


Anthony Friedkin at the de Young

Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay

See the first exhibition of Anthony Friedkin’s eloquent and expressive visual chronicle of the gay communities in LA and San Francisco from 1969–1973....more

Architecture + Grounds

Architecture + Grounds

The de Young in Golden Gate Park and Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park boast world-class collections, dramatic views, and iconic architecture....more

de Young Permanent Collections

de Young Permanent Collections

The de Young museum is home to one of the most diverse and significant art collections in the western United States....more

Friday Nights at the de Young

Friday Nights at the de Young

Every Friday night, engage with local artists, grab a drink at the bar, wander the art galleries, and enjoy a sunset in the observation tower!...more

Legion of Honor Permanent Collection

Legion of Honor Permanent Collections

The Legion of Honor showcases an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting....more

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