This blog post was updated on October 10, 2018.
There is no city in the world like San Francisco. I’ve often thought of it as the best of both the West and East coasts rolled into one thriving, pulsing metropolis.
One of the reasons I find myself returning to this city time and time again is for the its unique range of museums. Here are some of my top five picks.
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA): Not only does the SFMOMA house an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art, it also offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs and lectures throughout the year. Check out the gift shop for unique modernist gifts and souvenirs. Web: http://www.sfmoma.org
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: San Francisco’s Asian Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in the country devoted solely to Asian art, is well-known for its impressive collection of over 17,000 art objects (sculptures, paintings, porcelains and ceramics, lacquers, textiles, furniture, arms and armor, puppets, and basketry).
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Housed in an impressive building designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum is committed to offering a range of interdisciplinary exhibitions and programs that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas.
Museum of the African Diaspora: Known for its engaging layout and innovative exhibitions, the Museum of the African Diaspora is one of the only museums in the world with an exclusive focus on the culture of the African Diaspora. Their approach is interdisciplinary, combining art, history and film to allow visitors to get the most out of their visit.
Exploratorium: Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception: Great for kids and adults alike, the Exploratorium offers a variety of exhibitions, films and community programs based on a diverse range of scientific and artistic themes.