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“Fabulous art museum”
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Ranked #17 of 545 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: An outstanding collection of European art in a gorgeous hilltop museum setting.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“Fabulous art museum”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

The Legion of Honor, situated in Lincoln Park, is beautiful inside and out. Overlooking a breathtaking view, this museum features a wonderful collection of art. I was thrilled to find paintings by many of my favorite Impressionists. I was at this lovely museum on my last day before flying home after a long tour and I am so glad I saw this fantastic collection. It was an enjoyable end to my trip. Also worth visiting for art lovers is the de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park. If you visit the de Young Museum first, you can buy a heavily discounted combined ticket for both the de Young and the Legion of Honor (and get another small discount if you traveled to the de Young by bus!) Note that the discount does not work the other way around - you must visit the de Young first, buy the combined ticket, and then go to the Legion of Honor. These museums are very much worth visiting, both for the art treasures they house and for their gorgeous scenic settings.

Visited October 2011
Thank Jan R
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“The beautiful Legion of Honor Museum”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

A beautiful museum in a beautiful park setting. We saw a private collection of Dutch Paintings that was outstanding, and they have wonderful collection of Rodin sculptures.

Visited September 2011
Thank supertraveler24
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Rockglen, Sask
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“Bit of a gem”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Just drove to lands end and started walking about, didn't know what the building was...went in and enjoyed the art..organ recital was going on at the time...great bonus.

Visited October 2011
Thank Winton S
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

The Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park is the most special place in all of San Francisco. Perched on the top of hill at Land’s End overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city of San Francisco, this neoclassical building is a smaller version of the pavilion Legion d’Honneur in Paris, France. It was the philanthropist Alma Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate Adolph Speckels, who had the museum built (completed in 1924) and donated to the city of San Francisco. Alma was also one of the first people to recognize the brilliance of bronze sculptor Auguste Rodin. She purchased many of his works which are on display at the Legion of Honor, including “The Tinker” which dominates the entrance.

Not only does this museum have memorable moveable exhibits, but it also hosts organ concerts in the Rodin gallery. It’s wonderful to wander the halls enjoying the art, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, and special exhibitions with the music of the organ reverberating throughout the beautiful salons. There is an excellent café serving daily specials at a reasonable price. My favorite day is Wednesday when the special is the shrimp salad sandwich on sour dough.

Hiking trails, benches, and vistas abound in every direction outside the museum. Eat at the café, enjoy the museum, then pop a bottle of champagne while overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, the sail boats, and the bathers at Baker’s Beach.

Buy an annual pass which gives you entry to the De Young Museum and all the private, special touring exhibits. I buy family passes so that I can always bring four people.

The Palace of the Legion of Honor is a piece of heaven in San Francisco and is a definite must visit often for locals and tourists alike.

Visited October 2011
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San Francisco, California
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“A Mediocre Museum Away from the Major Sights”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

S.F. is my home town, but I can't recommend the Legion of Honor museum to visitors. It's an unimportant museum with a second rate collection. The exception is the collection of Rodin sculptures. I went recently to see a special exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Masters, but even this was second rate. The cafe is good, but no great value. Unless you have weeks to spend in S.F., or are a disciple of Rodin, the Legion of Honor should not take up precious time in San Francisco. The best museum in the city is the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, across from the DeYoung.

Visited October 2011
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