Best Museums to Visit in San Francisco

Asian Art Museum
Location: 200 Larkin St.
Asian Art Museum
Points of interest: Traditional and modern collections, interactive events, meditation alcove, the teahouse

California Academy of Sciences
Location: 55 Music Concourse Dr
California Academy of Sciences
Points of interest: Natural History Museum, Planetarium, the Steinhart Aquarium, the Rainforest, the African Hall, Hohfeld Hall, the Living Roof, the Shake House

Cartoon Art Museum
Location: 655 Mission Street
Cartoon Art Museum
Points of interest: 6,000 original works, cartoon and animation pieces from around the world, classes and workshops

de Young Museum
Location: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
de Young Museum
Points of interest: Decorative arts, painting, sculpture from around the world, 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Art of the Americas, the Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries, Native American Art, Piazonni Murals Room, and more

Exploratorium
Location: Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St
Exploratorium
Points of interest: Interactive exhibits, Human Behavior Gallery, Light and Sound Gallery, Living Systems Gallery, Tinkering Gallery, Outdoor Gallery, and the Bay Observatory

Legion of Honor
Location: 100 34th Avenue
Legion of Honor
Points of interest: Ancient and European artworks, decorative arts, paintings, photography, sculpture, home to the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Musée Mécanique
Location: 45 Pier D7
Musée Mécanique
Points of interest: Antique penny arcade, fortune-telling puppets, coin-operated mechanical musical instruments

Museum of the African Diaspora
Location: 685 Mission Street
Museum of the African Diaspora
Points of interest: African heritage arts and stories, the Celebration Circle, Freedom Theater, interactive displays, Slavery Gallery

Randall Museum
Location: 199 Museum Way
Randall Museum
Points of interest: Live animals, Tree House Room, Golden Gate Model Railroad Club’s train layout, and more

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Location: 151 3rd St
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Points of interest: Over 30,000 Modern and contemporary art colections, one floor solely for photography displays

The Beat Museum
Location: 540 Broadway Street
The Beat Museum
Points of interest: History of the Beat Generation, collection of works from various artists and writers of the generation

Walt Disney Family Museum
Location: 104 Montgomery St
Walt Disney Family Museum
Points of interest: Contemporary interactive galleries, a model of Disneyland, collection of early works like cartoons, drawings, movies, and more