In fact, even the setting is picture-worthy, amidst the scenic greenery of San Francisco’s gem, Golden Gate Park. The museum was founded by journalist and patron of the arts Michael de Young in 1895. Here it stands today, after numerous refurbishing due to earthquakes, and is now a modern architectural model, topped with Hamon Tower, which gives guests panoramic views of the city from 144 feet up.
Inside you’ll find art spanning from the 17th century to modern and contemporary works, with collections of paintings, sculptures, fashion and textiles from not only America, but around the globe as well. Their permanent collections include Anglo-Colonial American Art, American Sculpture and Decorative Art, African Art, Art of the Americas, Oceanic Art, Textile Arts, The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and Photography. Seasonally, they offer special exhibits. Past exhibitions including Impressionist Collections from the Musée D’Orsay, Picasso, high fashion house of Balenciaga and political pop-art cartoonist Keith Haring.
Outdoors, just through the doors of their cafe, is a sculpture garden full of beautiful pieces complemented by the Scenic backdrop of Golden Gate Park. If you’re feeling peckish, check out the cafe with local and seasonal fare, gourmet coffee and pastries and a selection of fine wines. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir or mail a postcard from the museum store. If you’re a night owl and would rather plan your visit to the deYoung after hours, join them Friday nights from 6-8 pm for special collections and performances. If Classic Art is more your style, be sure to also visit their sister museum, the Palace Legion of Honor.
The De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA +1 (415)-750-3600
By Bianca deKock