Pier 24 Photography Museum

Pier 24 Photography Museum, San Francisco: Hours, Address, Pier 24 Photography Museum Reviews: 5/5

Pier 24 Photography Museum
5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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The area
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Neighborhood: Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
How to get there
  • Embarcadero • 4 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 5 min walk

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BabsRsmt
Montreal, Canada155 contributions
Nov 2019
I had read about this museum , open to the public but only with reservations. The collection is very interesting and well laid out. Only a few visitors are allowed per each time period as you are given a catalogue of the collection rather than having the descriptions next to each picture. Plan at least 1 1/2 hour for the visit.
The reason I did not rate this as a 5 is that there are not enough benches for us to sit and truly take in the exhibit.
Written December 7, 2019
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Expatriated-traveler
Athens, NY111 contributions
Dec 2019
Great photography! I've visited 3 or 4 times, and Pier 24 has shown very compelling photos each time. You have to plan ahead to get free tickets for entry. Once inside, it's a lovely, well curated, and uncrowded place!
Written December 3, 2019
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jimena_sabanes
1 contribution
Nov 2019
I had high hopes and this place really met my expectations. It holds a great collection with some of the most renowned photographers. The place is quiet and spacious, great for enjoying the photographs and taking your time to admire them.
Written November 12, 2019
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davereinarz
Omaha, NE107 contributions
Oct 2019
Free but by appointment. Amazing photography collection. Two hours is probably the right amount of time to take it all in. Have never seen a collection of police mug shots...wow! Great portrait shots and some excellent depression era works as well as historic San Francisco. Highly recommended.
Written October 31, 2019
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psdpub
San Francisco, CA80 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
This is a small, private, photography museum on the SF waterfront. It is free, requires reservations and is difficult to find, even when you are standing in front.
It has rotating exhibits.The exhibition space is well lit, has more then adequate wall space for each photograph, and due to the low density of other visitors, is conducive to serious looking.
I have been there multiple times, and enjoyed each visit and each exhibit.
Don’t miss this museum if you can get a reservation.
An interesting experience.
Written October 11, 2019
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Ruth T
Berkeley, CA213 contributions
Aug 2019
Pier 24 is a unique gallery for all photography buffs. It is free, but it requires making an advance appointment for a two hour visit on their website pier24.org. A maximum of 20 visitors are allowed at any given appointment, so it is never crowded. Each show is scheduled for a many-month run, so you have plenty of time to schedule. There are no signs to indicate the photographer for any of the works on display but each show has an explanatory guide so the viewer can look up information on any given work. Be sure to schedule the full 2 hours for this special place.
Written August 7, 2019
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Otto27
Palo Alto, CA27 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The whole experience is somewhat difficult to understand when one contrasts this place against every other museum you have ever experienced. You have to reserved in advance and when you arrive the location is practically unmarked. You push a button to be buzzed in through a large door (no markings of any kind, like entering a private residence with a security camera pointed at you from the side). They confirm your reservation and give you hefty guidebook/catalog for the exhibits. In some ways it's a less than ideal way to interact with the art. In dim light one has to thumb through a large book to find out any details about the artist and works in each room (every room is uniquely linked to a specific photographer). Ok, I get it that cards set up next to each photo would also be distracting, but perhaps a few paragraphs discretely written on the wall of each room would be even less distracting that thumbing through the hefty book they give you?? There is no admission fee, -- the employees seem to be eager to answer questions. No "exit through he gift shop" here because there is no gift shop. One is left to wonder how this very ideal location for a museum with outstanding display facilities exists? There is no entrance fee, no gift shop, and clearly a strong attempt to minimize visitors via a mandatory reservation system (I am not complaining, I liked the fact I was practically the only person in a silent museum, it all just seems a touch odd).
The current exhibit features one hell of a lot of photos of American dystopia, --photos of grinding poverty, discrimination, pollution, -- all rather bleak. Some were moving, others seemed to fall short. Regardless, this place deserves a visit and is a rewarding museum experience if you can get past the rather odd qualities about the whole experience.
Written December 5, 2018
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Martin L
Houston, TX158 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
First the space at Pier 24 is perfect for Photo viewing. Their method of appointments allows a very uncrowded viewing. The exhibit which changes was well curated and held my interest for two hours
Written November 6, 2018
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SYB
Rochester, NY88 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The reservations for this treasure of a photography exhibit on-line is easy and free. You cannot see the exhibits without reserving a time slot on a specific day (closed Saturdays and Sundays). You must exit after your 2 hour time slot and we were there for nearly the entire two hours. We parked in Pier Lot #30 (not free) near the Pier 26 Building and then walked to the Ferry Building to explore and eat. We returned and were buzzed in after identifying ourselves at the small arch marked Pier 24. What a treat we experienced with tastefully arranged photographs in multiple rooms by a wide range of photographers. The style is to minimize text so that you focus on the photos. You carry a booklet with the titles, dates, descriptions and photographers labeled by room. The rooms start feeling sacred since they limit the number of people, you have ample room to browse and the photographs are inspiring. The variety of photographers of this particular exhibit kept your interest for the entire time, currently "The Grain of the Present." We bought the gallery book ($15) as a great souvenir. There are no audio options available that we are aware of. If we lived in the area, we would go every time a new exhibit is publicized.
Written March 14, 2018
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kaylaartt
Los Angeles, CA656 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Via the web, be sure to make an advance, free reservation to visit Pier 24 (either before traveling to San Francisco or if a local, prior to your visit). This very special space offers rotating photo exhibitions that change 3 to 4 times a year. The reservation system works great - and we were only two of maybe 10 to 12 people in total - early morning in January. For lunch or dinner, you can head to the nearby Ferry Building or elsewhere around Pier 24.
Written January 19, 2018
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