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De Young Museum

This famous fine arts museum in Golden Gate Park was founded in the 19th century and boasts a collection dating back to the 1600s.

The de Young Museum is one of the most visited art museums in North America. Opened in 1895, it showcases a vast collection of art, textiles and costumes predominantly from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa.

Major earthquakes have taken their toll on this area through the years, and the museum was renovated in 2005. Now, the more modern structure is complete with a 144-foot (44-meter) tower that’s a prominent part of the San Francisco skyline.

A stroll through the de Young is like a tour through the history of American painting. Don't miss works by iconic American artists such as John Copley, Frederick Church and Thomas Hovenden. Also look out for a famous son of the Bay Area, Japanese-American painter Chiura Obata. He’s one of many whose works celebrate great Californian art.

Take the time to view the de Young textile collection, one of the largest in the United States. Exhibits include Turkmen carpets and 12th-century Asian silks through to modern garments designed by Dior and Chanel.

De Young Museum is located in the heart of the Golden Gate Park, within easy reach of the rest of the city. There’s paid parking available nearby and limited spaces on the surrounding streets. Take the San Francisco Municipal bus (MUNI) to Golden Gate Park to receive a discount on adult entry to the museum. The Golden Gate shuttle bus stops at the museum and other attractions within the park. Another good way to get to the museum is to rent a bike, which will also make it easier to explore the rest of the park.

The de Young is open Tuesday through Sunday with doors kept open later on Friday evenings from March until November. The museum is closed on major holidays.


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and California St & Polk St Stop is 2 minutes.

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    Geary Parkway Motel

    4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, and California Academy of Sciences. University of San Francisco and De Young Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Irving St & 9th Ave Stop is 27 minutes by foot and Irving St & 8th Ave Stop is 28 minutes.

      Stanyan Park Hotel $153
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      Stanyan Park Hotel

      750 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Haight-Ashbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Gate Park and University of California San Francisco. University of San Francisco and Palace of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Carl St & Stanyan St Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Carl Street & Cole Street Station is 7 minutes.

        InterContinental San Francisco $113
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        InterContinental San Francisco

        888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Warfield Theater and SHN Curran Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Market St & 5th St Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Powell St. Station is 7 minutes.

          Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel $179
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          Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

          444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Western Addition, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and Fillmore Auditorium are also within 1 mi (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is 29 minutes by foot.