Arts & Culture

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.

Exterior of the modern, angular de Young Museum. San Francisco, California.
The de Young museum is a work of art inside and out. Credit: Photo by Gary Sexton. Image provided by Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The creativity in San Francisco fuels every neighborhood in the City by the Bay. In our galleries and museums, you'll find photography, crafts, typography, sculpture, mixed media, film, design, textiles, books, ceramics, spoken word, sound and good old painting. The artists showing at any given time range from world-famous and priceless to hyper-local and up-and-coming.

Be inspired by the incredible breadth and depth of art and artists. From the Exploratorium, Creativity Explored, and Catharine Clark Gallery to the Museum of Craft and Design, Jessica Silverman Gallery, and Letterform Archive, we have it all. Anchored by SFMOMA, which holds one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art worldwide, the city’s Yerba Buena neighborhood boasts the greatest concentration of cultural institutions west of the Hudson River.

San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood boasts the greatest concentration of cultural institutions west of the Hudson River.

Diego Rivera's mural, America, on view at SFMOMA

Diego Rivera’s America at SFMOMA 

Through January 3, 2023

With more than 150 pieces of Rivera's work, this exhibit is your opportunity to get up close and personal with the influential artist and see pieces that have never before been displayed to the public. 

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