Speciality Museums in San Francisco

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Speciality Museums in San Francisco

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  • Ldiva001
    San Diego, CA82 contributions
    The very best entertainment for any age. Every time I travel to SF I find time to visit the Exploratorium because there is so much to do with my granddaughters and I could never finish exploring the hands-on science exhibits that enthrall all of us. Good for ALL ages. I cannot say enough about the learning that happens while you spend the day. There is even a cafe. Easily take a day or two or .... Great place! Nice people working there.
    Written 21 December 2023
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  • focusport22
    171 contributions
    This is a great museum on the life of Walt Disney and his family. They also have the train that was in Walt’s backyard.
    They touch upon the different decades and show a lot of things that people may not know about.
    Written 27 December 2023
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  • Jane C
    Beauly, UK259 contributions
    I love finding out more about how things work, particularly when they are as historic as the cable cars in San Francisco. It's not a fancy museum, but it has all sorts of interesting things to see in there, including watching the cables in action. Definitely worth stopping to see it.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Jane C
    Beauly, UK259 contributions
    Magical - loved it so much we're going back for another look. Like a trip into my childhood with all these mechanical toys, but also a fascinating insight into life before mobile phones! A real treasure of a place.
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • Trina D
    Orange County, CA792 contributions
    As far as fine art museums go, de Young is pretty nice. It's quite large and the cafe serves up some delicious food. My husband and I were here on a rainy Friday. We were going back and forth between de Young and the Academy of Sciences across the way. I had it in my mind to also visit the Legion of Honor too with our admission ticket/sticker but alas, the Legion is a further ways away and we came via bus. What I did notice that there was less seating than I was used to in the galleries, perhaps they don't want people just sitting there to look at the art for long periods of time? They did have seating in the hallways overlooking the garden below. I guess I was okay with that. I enjoyed the turn of the century paintings and portraiture on display along with a marble statue or two. If you're looking to level up on some art and culture, go check out the de Young while visiting San Francisco.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Marshall S
    1 contribution
    An excellent Ssn Francisco experience, especially for a liffelong Lewis Carroll fan. Great art and great presentation.

    Written 10 December 2023
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  • Noellemarie T
    1 contribution
    absolutely wonderful place to think about how our world is changing. calm yet exciting. it felt nice to come in and see art in a way i have not in a while.
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, FL1,768 contributions
    Very interesting to see a decommissioned sub in the middle of a tourist area. There were not many people visiting, and it was rather pricey. However, there is an associated WWII museum just across from the ship that you can visit free with some interesting exhibits (very small).
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Barney M
    Palm Desert, CA395 contributions
    i was just walking towards the warf and saw this and thought id check it out. i like history and boat museums and this did not disappoint. its a real steam vessel. reminded me of the movie sand pebbles with a steam engine. huge engine room and he told me only 4 guys to keep it running. its a must see in frisco
    Written 28 October 2023
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  • Revathi
    San Ramon, CA40 contributions

    If you're into history or old sailing ships, this place is super fun!
    You get to see cool views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay! Check out the Balclutha, an old ship from the late 1800s. Walk on the deck, discover various parts of the ship, and find out how they sailed and lived on it.
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • Jeff H
    San Francisco, CA8 contributions
    A hidden jewel in downtown San Francisco! We discovered it on a rainy afternoon. Wonderful historical artifacts which really tell the story of SF from its origins to recent times. Displays about Stagecoaches and the 1906 Earthquake were especially interesting. Docent/curator Joycee added lots of insight and really made it a wonderful visit!
    Written 5 January 2024
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  • Kevin R
    Sydney, Australia624 contributions
    It was a rainy day so we opted to visit the waxworks. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be on my list, as I’m not a fan. But I admit I was surprised how good it was, especially if you interact with the exhibits for fun photos.
    Liked Charlie Chan, Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali, Johnny Depp, Adele, and all of the rest.
    We had a good laugh and enjoyed our time there.
    Written 21 May 2019
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  • Ty G
    5 contributions
    I'm not sure how many today remember or even know of the Beat Generation. This museum and bookstore is a labor of love to celebrate the people and literature of this counterculture movement. I grew up in the 60's so read beat literature a few years after its peak. In its day and at the time, the movement was embraced by a relative few and denigrated and mocked by the "establishment". While I enjoyed the museum and appreciated how they honored these folks who walked a different path, what struck me is that how many of the ideals of the Beats have found their way into accepted society while, at the same time, still generating fear across much of America. I suppose that what I liked most about the museum is that it made me again consider that there are many possibilities that arise from taking a left turn here and there (left was not intended to be a political statement) and looking at life and society from a different angle and with different values. It's been a couple of weeks since we were there and I find myself still pondering this when I am daydreaming. The small bookstore portion of the museum is packed with Beat and Beatish works and definitely worth some time. The museum/bookstore representative, although young, was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Beat Movement. If he's not business, it's worth you time to engage him in a conversation. The location of the Museum is right in the middle of the Beat Movement (and coincidentally or not near the infamous topless entertainment establishments that sprung up in San Francisco in the 60's a la Carol Doda). My suggestion, which does not include a visit to the topless bars which I'm not even sure are still open-at least that's my story, is to start with a visit to the Beat Museum that walk across the street and spend some time in the City Lights Bookstore. Finally, take a right out of City Lights and sit down to have a drink or two at my favorite San Francisco bar, Vesuvio. It is not a sleek and shiny place but there probably isn't a more "if the walls could talk" place this side of the Algonquin Hotel-and there was certainly a lot more peace and love at Vesuvio. I never miss a stop when I'm in San Francisco. Maybe I'll see you there.
    Written 13 January 2024
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  • emilyhmcd
    San Francisco, CA299 contributions
    I was hoping for a little more. The carousel is great, but it's $5/ride. Give it a try and maybe your kid will love it!
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland18,463 contributions
    The San Francisco Maratime Museum sits on the edge of the bay and close to Fort Mason. It’s a very interesting shape to the building. Worth a visit.
    Written 8 October 2023
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