San FranciscoArts & Culture
San Francisco is a city of inspiration. You can see it all around you, in whichever neighborhoods you visit.
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Learn More
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 timeLearn More
Museums & Galleries
With more than 50 amazing museums and hundreds of galleries to explore, there is no shortage of ways to be inspired in San Francisco.Learn More
Performing arts in San Francisco has a calendar full of fun shows. Catch a theater performance, head to the opera, see the ballet or check out local dance groups and prepare to be entertained.Learn More
The creative spirit and steadfast countercultural streak is on display in San Francisco’s music scene. It's time to immerse yourself in our deep music history and experience the San Francisco sound.Learn More
From your first steps off the plane at SFO to our biggest and brightest bridge, you'll discover that San Francisco has public art everywhere.Learn More
San Francisco shines brightest during the holiday season when Illuminate SF's Festival of Light covers the city in epic outdoor installations of brilliant light art.Learn More
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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