There is no city in the world quite like San Francisco. I was blown away the first time I visited the city. There was culture everywhere, unique architecture that I had never seen before, and so many different types of people living the way they wanted to live. San Francisco is a haven for artists and arts-lovers, and as so, offers many experiences around the city to discover art.
Here are a few of my favorite San Francisco destinations to experience art and culture:
“SFMOMA is dedicated to making the art for our time a vital and meaningful part of public life. For that reason we assemble unparalleled collections, create exhilarating exhibitions, and develop engaging public programs. In all of these endeavors, we are guided by our enduring commitment to fostering creativity and embracing new ways of seeing the world.” -SFMOMA mission statement
The MOMA is a great place to spend an afternoon appreciating modern art surrounded by the beauty of the Yerba Buena Gardens in the heart of the San Francisco SOMA district. Both the museum and Yerba Buena Gardens offer public art spaces, an easy way to enjoy some free time in the city.
This neighborhood, not too far from downtown, was the epicenter of the counterculture hippie movement in the late 1960s. Artists and musicians, such as Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, called this neighborhood home, and their presence can still be felt today. Walk down Haight Street, see the Victorian architecture, the funky psychedelic shops, and and take in the experience of the being where one of the greatest culture movements took place decades before.
There is so much to enjoy in the Golden Gate Park that a single afternoon visit will not suffice. My two favorite attractions in Golden Gate Park are the Japanese Tea Garden and the de Young Museum. The Japanese Tea Garden is an oasis of beautiful flora and Japanese styled architecture. The de Young Museum is a fine art museum and houses various collections of artifacts, textiles, sculptures, and paintings. Grab a cup of green tea and enjoy the afternoon among masterpieces, both from nature and the artist’s brush.
Check out SF/ARTS, a monthly magazine highlighting special arts and cultural events around the city.
Do you have a favorite place to discover art in San Francisco? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below.