The de Young Museum San Francisco In Golden Gate Park

Originally built for the California International Expo in 1894, the de Young Museum San Francisco started out as a fine arts building designed to house a collection of exotic oddities and curiosities in Golden Gate Park. It's now one of the leading museums in the United States concentrating on American art, costumes and textile arts from around the globe, and art of the ancient Americas, Africa and Oceania.

In the 1989 earthquake the de Young suffered significant structural damage. Since then the entire area surrounding the Music Concourse in the Golden Gate Park has undergone massive reconstruction during which the original de Young San Francisco was demolished as seismically unfit. It closed on December 31, 2000 and the new museum debuted in October 2005 — a new era for an old favorite began.


The New de Young Museum

New de Young Museum

The new building strikes a balance between modern architecture and the natural landscape beauty of the Golden Gate Park. The de Young Museum is a bold, modernistic affair resembling a structure that might have been dropped in from a Star Wars set. The entire building is covered with a layer of copper, which eventually will turn a dark jade green.

The new museum attracts more than 3 million visitors a year and is the fourth most visited in North America.

de Young Museum – Extras & Neighbors


There are other magical touches at the de Young — the Pool of Enchantment, the Sculpture Garden, and the 144-foot-high view from the Hamon Observation Tower. Views extend to the Golden Gate Bridge, the bay and the neighborhoods of San Francisco.

When you're ready for a break, head to the de Young Café for tasty bites made from local cheese, sourdough bread, fruits and vegetables from local sources following their 150-mile guideline.

While you are at Golden Gate Park, you'll also want to visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, Strawberry Hill, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Golden Gate Carousel.

de Young Museum San Francisco Resources

  • 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday, late night Friday until 8:45 pm
  • Website

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