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 Mueron, opened in 2005.  The perforated copper-clad building is designed to mimic the tree-dappled park and as the copper greens that is just what is happening.

The permanent collection includes American art up to the 20th century, 20th century American art, Oceanic and African art.  (European Art will be found at the Palace of the Legion on Honor, the other museum which makes up the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). 

Recent special exhibits have included: Nan Kempner's fashion collection, Louise Nevelson, Gilbert & George, Dale Chihuly, YSL, King Tut, Birth of Impressionism" and "Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond.  (An additional charge is made for some of the special collections.  Check the museum's website for details).  . There are a number of site specific installations including an Andy Goldsworthy at the main entrance and a James Turrell skyscape ("Three Gems") in the sculpture garden.  

Two features of the museum grounds can be viewed for free: the sculpture garden and the tower's indoor observation deck, which has a 360-degree view of San Francisco and provides one of the most stunning vistas of the city.  Additionally, you can access the museum store and cafe without paying the museum entrance fee.

Located immediately next door to the Japanese Tea Garden, across from the Cal Academy of Sciences and a three quarters of a mile from the Conservatory of Flowers, the DeYoung is a must see for art and architecture lovers alike.