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San Francisco's Best Local Art Exhibitions And Museums

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De Young Museum

Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3600
DeYoung Museum

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
September 25, 2010 - January 18, 2011
If you missed the incredible Birth of Impressionism exhibition at the de Young, it is not too late to get tickets for the next hot ticket: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see firsthand works by these masters and beyond, including Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, previously available for viewing only at the d'Orsay Museum in Paris, France.

Legion of Honor

Lincoln Park
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600
June 5, 2010 - September 26, 2010
Legion of Honor

Impressionist Paris: City of Light Prints, drawings, paintings and photographs illustrate the city of Paris as it looked as the Impressionist artists emerged.

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, Calif. 94118
(415) 379-8000
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, Calif. 94121
California Academy of Sciences

While visiting Golden Gate Park, a must see and do is a visit to the California Academy of Sciences. Billed as one of the greenest buildings in San Francisco, the museum features rooftop solar panels and a living native plant garden that attracts birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Not to be missed are the planetarium, tide pools, live penguin display, coral reef and rain forest.  This is a great venue for children and families, but it does get crowded. For a bit of peace and quiet to watch the fish and explore the other exhibits, consider getting a membership and visit during limited hours.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street
San Francisco, Calif. 94103
(415) 357-4000
June 25, 2010 – Sept. 19, 2010

Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection
Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of The Gap, assembled one of the finest private collections of modern art in world. Fortunately for San Francisco, Don Fisher's legacy upon his death was to bequeath this heretofore unseen by the public collection to the San Francisco of Modern Art. The current show is a sneak peek of the wonders to come when SFMoMA expands in order to house the entire collection. The exhibition includes Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol and more.

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, Calif. 94102
(415) 581-3500
October 15, 2010 – January 16, 2011
Asiar Art Museum

Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens
For lovers of Asian Art, San Francisco's museum houses one of largest collections of Asian art in the western world. The Asian Art Museum is located in the Civic Center in a beautiful Beaux Arts building lovingly converted from the old Main Library by renowned architect Gae Aulenti, who designed the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. More than 2,500 pieces of art from the permanent collections are displayed in the main galleries. Japanese Screens will showcase some of the finest examples from the Art Institute in Chicago and the St. Louis Art Museum.

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