Hilton San Francisco Financial District. 750 Kearny St., 3rd fl., 415.986.1822.
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. 736 Mission St., 415.655.7800.
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. Free general admission first Tu of each month. Closed M. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., 415.750.3600.
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. 100 34th Ave. in Lincoln Park, 415.750.3600.
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. 2569 3rd St., 415.773.0303.
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. 685 Mission St., 415.358.7200.
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 ab- stract 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. 151 3rd St., 415.357.4000.
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. 701 Mission St., 415.978.2787.
BAY AREA BAMPFA
UC Berkeley’s visual-arts center reopened early 2016 after a $112 million renovation by world-renowned firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, known for for projects including NYC’s elevated High Line park and LA’s Broad Museum. The 83,000 square-foot museum includes an expansive permanent collection with a dynamic schedule of rotating art exhibitions that range from classical Chinese painting to abstract expressionism to provocative multimedia work by emerging artists. The film archive has more than 450 public screenings each year of rare and restored movie classics, new and historic foreign films and experi- mental cinema. 2155 Center St., 510.642.0808.
Located in the heart of downtown Sausalito, this contemporary gallery encompasses the working studio of artist and owner Sue Averell. Visitors can see her works-in-progress, purchase completed 2D and 3D pieces, or commission custom pieces for a home or business. 28B Princess St., Sausalito, 415.706.5051.
OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The OMCA brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. 1000 Oak St., Oakland, 510.318.8400.