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Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, at Clement Street, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA 94121
415.750.3600
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Ranked #13 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: An outstanding collection of European art in a gorgeous hilltop museum setting.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Midwest City, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited this museum not expecting much. The permanent collections are excellent and cover hundreds of years of art (thousands in some cases). But the touring collections of impressionist paintings was the icing on the cake. Good value. The grounds are beautiful and the views approach breathtaking. We enjoyed the café and ended up spending 3 hours there thinking we... More

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Sacramento
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49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I went to this museum when they had the Louis XIV - Marie Antoinette collection on display. The collection had never left France before and it was spectacular! The rest of the museum had very interesting pieces and the building itself is gorgeous and an artwork unto itself. If you have the chance to go here I definitely recommend it.

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Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
27 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A very digestable collection with , often ,good travelling shows.Beautiful location and building and better than passable food in the café.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First time here. Went for a Matisse exhibit which connected Matisse to SF! Who knew he had visited. Very personal selection of works, well displayed and curated. And the rest of the museum was lovely... some amazing classical works including a statue of a dancing maiden... could have been Ginger Rogers! and a golden crown of laurels that was incredibly... More

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Northern California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Spent the day at the Legion of Honor and had a docent-led tour of the current exhibit. Beautiful galleries, awesome exhibits, fun gift store and extraordinary views of the city skyline and the bay outside of the museum.

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Papeete, French Polynesia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Many masterpieces are shown but what is the most surprising is the wonderful collection of Rodin's statues. They're everywhere! I've been there several times not only for the paintings and statues but for the exhibits like Cartier for instance. Even the architecture of the museum is like a Greek temple, it is located up on the hill overlooking a golf... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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38 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Palace of the Legion of Honor is an outstanding second-tier art museum. The Louvre, Uffizi, etc being 1st tier, there is generally quite a drop-off to US municipal museums (though a few, like the Met, are 1st tier). The Legion of Honor is not quite up to that stratosphere but the are a number of reasons that even Parisians,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We really enjoyed this small art museum. I love impressionism, so the Intimate Impressionism exhibit was great. It is a bit out of the way from the main spots where SF travelers go, but we had the CityPass (HIGHLY recommend) so the regular entrance fee was included with the CityPass. (We paid $12 extra for the special exhibit.) We also... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We weren't sure about this museum and honestly made the trip not knowing if we would go in or just take a look around and enjoy the view. When we decided to go in, I showed my student ID to get the discounted ticket, the lady at the counter asked us if we came by bus and to show her... More

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Merced, California, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

After visiting the special exhibit on the impressionists and then seeing the rest of this fabulous museum, I wish I could have gone back and gone thru it again. Looking at painting requires contemplation and more than one look.

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