Disembarking at the Yerba Buena-Moscone Center stop is the easiest way to explore San Francisco's cultural institutions. There are so many in this neighborhood!
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third St.
SFMOMA is a must-visit destination. Its Living Wall located outside on Floor 3 features more than 19,00 plants. This is the largest living wall in the nation, and it's a sight to behold.
On Floors 2 and 5, you can see a range of murals from local Bay Area artists, including Michael Jang and Sadie Barnette.
Of course, the museum also has places to grab a drink and a bite to eat, including Grace, Steps Coffee, and Floor 5, which is located in the Sculpture Garden. Don't forget to grab a memento at the museum store, which has prints, mugs, hats, books, and more.
The museum is open Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St.
This Smithsonian-affiliated institution chronicles the history, influence, and consequence of the African diaspora, examining and challenging our shared heritage. MoAD has drawn sculptors, artists, and even chefs from around the world to create unique visitor experiences.
The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St.
Celebrating Jewish tradition and the artistic trailblazers who keep it alive, CJM strives to connect people of all faiths with bold ideas, inspiring art, and exciting events. The museum has a constantly rotating schedule of visiting exhibitions, so there's no telling what you might find there during your stay.
The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens encompasses three city blocks, bound between Market and Folsom streets north and south and Third and Fourth streets east and west. In addition to some amazing public art, you'll find more culture enjoy, including performance venues, fountains and gardens, and even free concerts.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Toward the Howard Street side of the Gardens is San Francisco's monument to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This wide, stone memorial is inscribed with the words of Dr. King and others. You can walk behind the curtain of gently falling water that hangs over the memorial for a unique perspective.