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de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
415.750.3600
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Ranked #31 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: Shopping
Traveler Description: The DeYoung museum has been a San Francisco institution since it opened in Golden Gate Park in 1895.  The new building, designed by Herzog & de... more »
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Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The museum in one of many in the Golden Gate Park. You could seriously spend a whole day in the park checking all that it's on offer but we only had a few hours and de Young was our pick of the lot. It's a very cool modern structure and it has a great collection of american artists. I wanted... More

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West Yellowstone, Montana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are an art lover, you cannot help but spend transcendent hours in the deYoung. I happened to catch a visiting exhibit by an artist I admire, but even without that glow I would have found a full day's course in aesthetics here. From ancient artifacts to photography, naturalism, realism, abstraction, world cultures....pick what you love best. I gravitate... More

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Pennsylvania
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The design and artwork of this museum is very good. It is smaller than the ones like Getty, the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, and Philadelphia's Museum of Art which is huge compared to most cities. Still deYoung was enjoyable and well laid out providing a nice environment to stroll and take it all in.

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A beautiful oasis in the middle of Golden Gate Park. Worth the visit with a wonderful collection to view. A day trip in it's own way.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was my third visit to the museum, and my partner's first. We were fortunate enough to stumble upon David Hockey's Bigger Exhibition, which was absolutely amazing. Good gift shop. The design of the museum is impressive, both from outside as one approaches the building and inside.

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Thetford, Vermont
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Whether you stumble upon it while exploring Golden Gate Park or if you specifically planned your visit, the de Young Museum is worth a visit. It has a variety of exhibits from modern art to ancient ruines, and I was excited to find within the American oil painting section two pieces by my favorite artist, Winslow Homer. Even on a... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

If you want to take advantage of two-for-one museum fees, plan your day to arrive at the de Young when they open at 9:30am. Spend 3 hours there, grab a quick bite in the Museum Café and then head over for a free entry to the Legion of Honor (about a 30 minute drive) for another 3 hour visit before... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I was aghast when I was told by the lady manning the North American Art section that she does not give out floor maps to visitors, and she typically only has 3 to give out a week! She couldn't even give me a decent explanation why, and basically just shrugged it off & walked away. How terribly rude & what... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A lot of people told me that it's wonderful, but it's just o.k. The collections are just what you'd expect for a provincial city; there are some decent things scattered here and there but not much depth. The building is beautifully sited in Golden Gate Park, which is really great. Will say that the San Franciscans have really nice museum... More

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adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I loved this art gallery. The design and construction was a bit controversial but I loved it. Clad in perforated and dimpled copper plates that can withstand movement of up to 90cm in an earthquake, the museum has a very post modern look about it and it complements the very modern collection. I enjoyed the regular collection of art and... More

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