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The De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, California 94118 USA

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“American art from 17th century & onwards”

Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. 

On October 15, 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art new facility that integrates art, architecture and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that will inspire audiences from around the world. Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Constructed of warm, natural materials including copper, stone, wood and glass, the new de Young blends with and complements its natural surroundings. Ribbons of windows erase the boundary between the museum interior and the lush natural environment outside, and four public entrances segue naturally from the park’s pathways, welcoming visitors from all directions.

The building’s dramatic copper facade is perforated and textured to replicate the impression made by light filtering through a tree canopy, creating an artistic abstraction on the exterior of the museum that resonates with the de Young's tree-filled park setting. The building's copper skin, chosen for its changeable quality through oxidation, will assume a rich patina over time that will blend gracefully with the surrounding natural environment.

The northeast corner of the building features a 144-foot tower that gently spirals from the ground floor and aligns at the top with the grid formed by the streets of the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods surrounding the park. A public observation floor offers panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.

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Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

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October 1, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite museums in the U.S. The collection is gi-freaking-normous, and their visiting exhibits won't ever disappoint.

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thijss12345

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August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great place to see modern art! Also don't forget to go into the tower! Fridays are family nights!

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thijss12345

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August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great place to see modern art! Also don't forget to go into the tower! Fridays are family nights!

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okn0tok

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  • 5 Helpful
January 31, 2015
Rated 5.0

The collection here was amazing and I very much enjoyed walking through it. I was short on time and had to rush more than I cared to.

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The De Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, California
94118 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Wifi
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