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San Francisco Museums: Index to San Francisco Museums

There are more than 30 San Francisco museums. They include San Francisco museums for those interested in art, history or science and San Francisco museums for specialty topics. Let our San Francisco museums guide help you decide which San Francisco museums you want to see. Some of our favorite San Francisco museums include the cable car barn and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Golden Gate Railroad Museum
Steam and passenger railroad equipment.

California Academy of Sciences
Includes the Steinhart Aquarium, penguin feedings, snake feedings and opportunities to talk to aquatic biologists as they do their work. Located in Golden Gate Park, the new building opened in 2008 has a grass-covered roof and many other "green" features.

Fire Department Museum
Fun for all ages!

San Francisco Museum at the Mint
Housed in the old San Francisco Mint building, this museum under development will explore the San Francisco Bay Area, American money and The Gold Rush.

Asian Art Museum
One of the largest Asian art museums in the West. Collection represents over 40 Asian countries.

Cartoon Art Museum
A unique museum dedicated to cartoon art.

De Young Museum
Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum features an extensive art collection and impressive rotating exhibits.

Exploratorium Science Museum
San Francisco's premiere hands-on science museum is so much fun to play in that you might not notice that you're learning something, too. And they have fantastic San Francisco Bay views, too.

Craft & Folk Art Museum
Dedicated to modern ethnic crafts and folk art.

Maritime Museum
Maritime artifacts and exhibits about San Francisco's maritime history.

Gold Rush Trail
An outdoor museum, similar to Boston's Freedom Trail. View the 1850 shoreline map and marvel at how much of the city is on landfill or pick one of their area descriptions and construct your own walking tour.

California Historical Society
Extensive materials about San Francisco and California's rich history.

Immigration Station
Located on Angel Island, known as the Ellis Island of the West. Includes some of the poems that were carved into the walls by waiting immigrants.

International Museum of Women
A museum celebrating the roles and accomplishments of women.

Legion of Honor Museum
Beautifully sited overlooking Lands End, the Legion of Honor holds a nice collection of Rodin sculptures and other notable art works.

Jewish Museum
Explores contemporary American Jewish life.

Creativity Children's Museum
A hands-on environment where kids can explore their creativity.

Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The architecture rivals the art for your interest at this museum designed by Mario Botta, an internationally acclaimed architect.

Museum of the African Diaspora
Telling the story of the African Diaspora past and present.

Society of California Pioneers
California historical paintings and prints and artifacts from the Gold Rush 1915.

Wells Fargo History Museum
Real gold nuggets. Real stagecoaches. Real history museum. Weekdays only. Always free.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
This museum presents arts and art education programs which emphasize the artists and communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Walt Disney Family Museum
A guide to visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, includes how to get there, what to see, how long it takes

Bay Area Discovery Museum
For children ages 6 months to 8 years and their families. Exhibits include Lookout Cove, Art Studios, Wave Workshop, Tot Spot and Bay Hall. Near Sausalito.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
An outdoor museum of maritime history.

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