Mu­se­ums

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ASIAN ART MU­SEUM  Home to more than 18,000 ex­quis­ite art ob­jects span­ning 6,000 years of his­tory and cul­ture through­out Asia, this mu­seum is one of the largest in the Western Hemi­sphere de­voted ex­clu­sively to Asian art. Free first Su of each month. Closed M. www.asia­nart.org. 200 Larkin St., 415.581.3500. Map 1, B7

BEAT MU­SEUM  Ded­i­cated to the po­etry and so­cial move­ment that made San Fran­cisco a part of lit­er­ary his­tory, this mu­seum show­cases ar­ti­facts from au­thors such as Jack Ker­ouac and Lawrence Fer­linghetti. Lo­cated across the street from City Lights Books. Open 10 am-7 pm daily. www.ker­ouac.com. 540 Broad­way St., 415.399.9626. Map 1, D3

CA­BLE CAR MU­SEUM  Un­ravel the mys­tery of ex­actly how the ca­ble car, one of San Fran­cisco’s great­est at­trac­tions since 1873, ac­tu­ally works. Lo­cated in the his­toric Wash­ing­ton-Ma­son ca­ble car de­pot and pow­er­house in Nob Hill, the small mu­seum houses a col­lec­tion of his­toric ca­ble cars, pho­to­graphs and me­chan­i­cal dis­plays. www.ca­ble­car­mu­seum.org. 1201 Ma­son St., 415.474.1887. Map 1, C4

CAL­I­FOR­NIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES  The academy is an in­ter­na­tional cen­ter for sci­en­tific ed­u­ca­tion and re­search and the only mu­seum in the world to house an aquar­ium, plan­e­tar­ium and nat­u­ral his­tory mu­seum un­der one (liv­ing) roof. See what’s shak­ing at “Earth­quake,” an ex­hibit ex­plor­ing how seis­mol­ogy has shaped earth’s past and present. “Hu­man Odyssey,” a dra­matic ad­di­tion to Tusher African Hall, traces the mile­stones of our species’ fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. Thurs­day nights: “Nightlife,” the mu­seum’s weekly 21-and-older event, in­vites vis­i­tors to drink, dance and ex­pe­ri­ence world-class ex­hibits with top­ics rang­ing from the science of sex to the cos­mos. 6-10 pm; $12. www.cala­cademy.org. 55 Mu­sic Con­course Dr., Golden Gate Park, 415.379.8000. Map 2, E5

CHIL­DREN’S CRE­ATIV­ITY MU­SEUM  This hands-on, mul­ti­me­dia arts and tech­nol­ogy ex­pe­ri­ence for kids of all ages is lo­cated in San Fran­cisco’s Yerba Buena neigh­bor­hood. The mu­seum pro­motes 21st cen­tury skills to in­spire new ideas and a spirit of in­ven­tion. www.cre­ativ­ity.org. 221 4th St., 415.820.3320. Map 1, D6

CHI­NESE CUL­TURE CEN­TER OF SAN FRAN­CISCO  A non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion fos­ter­ing the un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Chi­nese and Chi­nese-Amer­i­can art, his­tory and cul­ture in the United States. www.c-c-c.org. 750 Kearny St., 3rd fl., 415.986.1822. Map 1, D4

CON­TEM­PO­RARY JEWISH MU­SEUM  Lo­cated in a stun­ning Daniel Libe­skind-de­signed build­ing, the CJM en­gages au­di­ences of all ages and back­grounds through dy­namic ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­grams that ex­plore con­tem­po­rary per­spec­tives on Jewish cul­ture, his­tory, art and ideas. Closed W. $8 Th af­ter 5 pm. Free first Tu of the month. www.thecjm.org. 736 Mis­sion St., 415.655.7800. Map 1, D6

DE YOUNG MU­SEUM  Founded in 1895, the im­pres­sively var­ied mu­seum is cur­rently housed in an ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece de­signed by the Swiss firm Her­zog and de Meu­ron. It show­cases col­lec­tions from the Amer­i­cas, Pa­cific Is­lands and Africa and fea­tures a tower ob­ser­va­tion deck. April-Novem­ber: “Fri­day Nights at the de Young” are weekly af­ter-hours art hap­pen­ings that in­clude a mix of live mu­sic, dance per­for­mances, screen­ings, hands-on art ac­tiv­i­ties and spe­cialty cock­tails. Free gen­eral ad­mis­sion first Tu of each month. Closed M. dey­oung.famsf.org. 50 Hagi­wara Tea Gar­den Dr., 415.750.3600. Map 2, E5

EX­PLORATO­RIUM  This ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter of­fers an ar­ray of in­ter­ac­tive sci­en­tific ex­hibits and hands-on dis­plays that stim­u­late the senses and minds of the young and old alike. On­go­ing: “Af­ter Dark,” the Ex­plorato­rium’s 18-and-up event from 6-10 pm on the first Thurs­day of the month fea­tures cock­tails, ex­clu­sive per­for­mances, films and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy ex­hibits. Closed M. www.ex­plorato­rium.edu. Pier 15, 415.528.4444. Map 1, E3

GLBT HIS­TORY MU­SEUM  Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of the San Fran­cisco gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­mu­nity’s his­tory through dy­namic and sur­pris­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­gram­ming, this mu­seum is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and the sec­ond in the world. Lo­cated in the heart of the Cas­tro, it fea­tures long-term and chang­ing mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tions. A dis­play of Har­vey Milk’s per­sonal be­long­ings pays tribute to the late San Fran­cisco su­per­vi­sor, who was the first openly gay politi­cian elected in Cal­i­for­nia. www.glbthis­tory.org. 4127 18th St., 415.621.1107. Map 2, H6

HAAS  LILIENTHAL HOUSE  This ex­u­ber­ant 1886 Queen Anne-style Vic­to­rian is the only in­tact pri­vate home of the pe­riod open reg­u­larly as a mu­seum, com­plete with au­then­tic fur­ni­ture and ar­ti­facts. The house has elab­o­rate wooden gables, a cir­cu­lar cor­ner tower and lux­u­ri­ant or­na­men­ta­tion. W and Sa noon-3 pm, Su 11 am- 4 pm. One-hour tours leave every 20 to 30 min­utes. All vis­its to the house must be guided. Reser­va­tions not re­quired. www.sfher­itage.org/haas-lilienthal-house. 2007 Franklin St., 415.441.3000. Map 1, A5

LE­GION OF HONOR  High on the head­lands above the Golden Gate—where the Pa­cific Ocean spills into the San Fran­cisco Bay— stands this grand mu­seum, the gift of Alma de Bret­teville Spreck­els to the city of San Fran­cisco. A three-quar­ter-scale adap­ta­tion of the 18th-cen­tury Palais de la Lé­gion d’Hon­neur in Paris, the mu­seum was built to com­mem­o­rate Cal­i­for­nia sol­diers who died in World War I. The col­lec­tion in­cludes works by Euro­pean mas­ters and ma­jor hold­ings of Rodin sculp­tures. The grounds of­fer spec­tac­u­lar views of the Pa­cific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran­cisco. Closed M. le­gionofhonor.famsf.org. 100 34th Ave. in Lin­coln Park, 415.750.3600. Map 2, B3

MU­SEUM OF CRAFT AND DE­SIGN  One of the few mu­se­ums of its kind in the coun­try, MCD de­vel­ops and presents un­con­ven­tional and com­pelling ex­hi­bi­tions of con­tem­po­rary work in craft and de­sign. The ex­quis­ite Mu­seum Store fea­tures jew­elry, toys, ce­ram­ics and more. Its full cal­en­dar of pub­lic pro­grams is part of the blos­som­ing Dog­patch neigh­bor­hood’s art scene. Closed M. www.sfmcd.org. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303. Map 2, K6

MU­SEUM OF THE AFRICAN DI­AS­PORA This re­cently ren­o­vated cul­tural in­sti­tu­tion re­minds vis­i­tors that Africa is the birth­place of hu­mankind and celebrates the global con­tri­bu­tions of peo­ple of African de­cent. www.moadsf.org. 685 Mis­sion St., 415.358.7200. Map 1, E6

SAN FRAN­CISCO MU­SEUM OF MOD­ERN ART Af­ter a three-year hia­tus, SFMOMA has un­veiled a Sno­hetta-led ex­pan­sion that makes it the largest mod­ern art space in the na­tion, eas­ily hous­ing en­tire floors of ab­stract Amer­i­can art and min­i­mal­ist and pop art. There’s an en­tire gallery de­voted to Alexan­der Calder, with a fo­cus on his work be­tween the 1920s and 1960s. The Pritzker Cen­ter for Pho­tog­ra­phy ded­i­cates about 15,000 square feet to pho­tog­ra­phy, more than any other U.S. art mu­seum. The open-ceil­ing sev­enth floor houses

noth­ing but con­tem­po­rary art. Nearly 45,000 square feet of the mu­seum’s ground floor gal­leries are free and open to the pub­lic, and ad­mis­sion is free for vis­i­tors 18 and un­der. www.sfmoma.org. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000. Map 1, E6

SAN FRAN­CISCO RAIL­WAY MU­SEUM  This mu­seum near the Ferry Build­ing celebrates the his­tory of San Fran­cisco rail tran­sit with his­toric ar­ti­facts, dis­plays, archival pho­tog­ra­phy, his­tor­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion and au­dio-vis­ual ex­hibits. Kids can play pre­tend on a full-sized replica of the mo­tor­man’s plat­form of a 1911 San Fran­cisco street­car. Open M-Su 10 am- 6 pm. Closed M dur­ing win­ter months. www. street­car.org. 77 Steuart St., 415.974.1948. Map 1, F4

WALT DIS­NEY FAM­ILY MU­SEUM  Sto­ry­telling was Walt Dis­ney’s spe­cialty, and now this mu­seum tells the story of the man be­hind the Dis­ney magic. The tale of Walt Dis­ney’s life and ca­reer comes to life in in­ter­ac­tive gal­leries full of voice clips, home videos and fam­ily pho­to­graphs not seen any­where else. Catch a glimpse of Dis­ney’s early draw­ings, an­i­ma­tion and live film cam­era in­ven­tions as well as the steam-pow­ered minia­ture train Dis­ney built in his back­yard in 1950 that even­tu­ally in­spired the life-size train in Dis­ney­land. www. walt­dis­ney.org. 104 Mont­gomery St. in the Pre­sidio, 415.345.6800. Map 2, F3

YERBA BUENA CEN­TER FOR THE ARTS  This con­tem­po­rary art cen­ter high­lights mul­ti­cul­tural is­sues through the art­works dis­played in its two main gallery spa­ces, high-tech gallery and video screen­ing room. Past ex­hibits have fo­cused on the Dalai Lama, Anna Hal­prin and the po­lit­i­cal na­ture of con­tem­po­rary women’s art. www.ybca.org. 701 Mis­sion St., 415.978.2787. Map 1, D6

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