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San Francisco is a city of inspiration. You can see it all around you, in whichever neighborhoods you visit.

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San Francisco's art scene is vibrant and dynamic, with a rich history of artistic tradition, from murals to cutting edge performing arts. Today, the city is home to a thriving community of artists who work in a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance art. In its energy, its diversity, and its creativity, San Francisco’s art scene embodies all the best of the City by the Bay.


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Always Artistic

Always creative, always artistic, always San Francisco. From Bayview to Dogpatch to Chinatown and the Presidio, you'll find creativity around every corner. International film festivals like SFFILM and Frameline in the Castro, world renown performing arts companies that include SF Opera, SF Ballet and SF Symphony in Civic Center, and stunning contemporary art installations in our brand new Central Subway make any visit unforgettable. Step inside the Exploratorium to awaken you inner scientist, stroll beneath Chinatown's Lantern Stories, or catch a play at the venerable A.C.T. Toni Rembe Theatre. San Francisco will inspire you in our lush creative landscape. 


The Exploratorium

Described as a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one, the Exploratorium is regarded as the world’s foremost interactive science museum. With more than 650 hands-on exhibits that ignite curiosity and transform the way people learn, visitors of all ages can play, observe, and discover.

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The home for modern and contemporary art in San Francisco, and the first of its kind on the west coast, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases boundary-breaking works in painting, sculpture, and photography. Explore all seven stories of the building, which is itself a piece of architectural wonder. Book your tickets ahead of time. 

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The California Academy of Sciences

Explore the natural world at the Academy, which houses a rainforest, an aquarium, a planetarium and more, all under one (living) roof. Learn how to plan your visit before booking your tickets ahead of time

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Your Arts & Culture Guide to San Francisco

Brighten your calendar with art, movies, and music in and around the Bay.

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Kehinde Wiley: An Archeology of Silence

Kehinde Wiley's latest work, "An Archeology of Silence" has made it's debut in the US. Do not miss the de Young's incredible exhibition through October 15, 2023.

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