San Francisco – Everyday Insider Trip 19J

Today, continuing on our 49 Mile Drive Scenic Tour of San Francisco, another of the official stops is the De Young Museum of Art, which is located in Golden Gate Park.

Across from the California Academy of Sciences’ new building, the De Young received a complete rehab also recently. Gone is the classic tower at the entrance, in favor of a strange modern version. But, the renovation was needed to protect the priceless collection.

It is famed for the Avery Brundage Collection of Asian Art, although you will be able to see paintings by most old masters and modern painters of acclaim. The De Young Museum is a landmark art museum showcasing collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries.

I will leave a more detailed description of the museum for another time, but figure, as a first foray, you should plan to spend the whole morning (or the day, if you are an art afficionado), just to get oriented.

I have such fond memories of coming to the De Young Museum for decades as I was growing up in San Francisco. And, be sure to check out the natural beauty of the huge Lily Pond and Japanese Tea Garden, nearby.

As this is the most populous part of the Park, it’s wise to come on public transportation, or check out my other parking suggestions in my prior Everyday Insider articles for the 49 Mile Drive.

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