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30 Must-See Museums: San Francisco

de Young Museum

The de Young Museum integrates architecture, art and its unusual Golden Gate Park setting.

de Young Museum
Designed by the renowned Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the newest incarnation of de Young (an earlier structure, San Francisco’s oldest museum, was irreparably damaged by the earthquake of 1989) effortlessly integrates architecture, art and its unusual and once-contested Golden Gate Park setting. The eclectic collection includes vast holdings of art and the arts from the Americas, Oceania and Africa.

Highlights: Works by American masters Sargent, Homer and O’Keeffe. 

Duly Noted: The 2005 museum’s striking façade, made of textured and perforated copper, has already started to turn shades of green, brown and black to blend with its surroundings.

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