Golden Gate Park Museums
The de Young Museum is noted for its collections of American art from the 17th through 21st centuries, textile arts and costumes, contemporary art, and art from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa. The de Young Museum is a striking architectural gem in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The 144-foot high observation deck, offering panoramic Bay Area views, is open to visitors free of charge.
Across from the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences combines inventive architecture and eye-opening exhibits to inspire visitors to explore and protect the natural world. A museum for the 21st cenrury, the academy includes an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, a living roof, and a 4-story rain forest. The facility is also home to the academy's staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 26 million specimens and artifacts.
Attractions also within the 1,000+ acres of Golden Gate Park are:
- Conservatory of Flowers
- San Francisco Botanical Gardens
- Japanese Tea Garden
- National AIDS Memorial
- Windmills and Tulips
- Beach and Park chalets