Best Museum in San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences is the most ticketed attraction in San Francisco.

Are you ready to get your culture on in San Francisco? How about a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, one of the country’s largest displays of contemporary and modern art? Or maybe the Museum of Craft and Design or the Museum of Performance & Design would be more appealing to you.

There’s something for just about every interest when you set out to expand your cultural education in the City by the Bay.

For history buffs, the Wells Fargo History Museum contains relics from the Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, including gold nuggets; an original stagecoach; and many historical photographs. The Society of California Pioneers operates a museum in the Presidio, where visitors can peruse documents and photographs related to the Gold Rush, the earthquake and fire that devastated San Francisco in 1906 and other events, as well as books, newspapers, maps and journals. San Francisco Railway Museum features a number of historic artifacts and photographs as well as a replica of part of an early 20th-century streetcar.

Interested in military history? Why not check out the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center and/or the USS Pampanito and SS Jeremiah O’Brien? San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes historic ships and The Maritime Museum. Then there’s the Presidio itself, a former U.S. Army base and now a park and National Historic Landmark. The complex houses more than 700 buildings to explore.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar

Although technically not a museum, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory is a great place to grab a steamy hot chocolate on a chilly, foggy morning.

And you wouldn’t want to miss the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Museo Italo Americano, the Mexican Museum or the Museum of Russian Culture, would you? Or the San Francisco Fire Department Museum or the Pacific Heritage Museum. Then, of course, there’s the Sea Lion Center. So many museums, so little time. You’re obviously going to have to extend your stay in San Francisco. To make the most of your visit, call us.