With over 50 museums in San Francisco city alone, there’s a lot to choose from! San Francisco has a rich history and colorful background with a lot to learn about. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite educational San Francisco spots to share with you. Many of them have free days every month so make sure to take a look before you go.
Conservatory of Flowers
A visit to the Conservatory of Flowers will make you feel like you’ve escaped in to another world. It’s’ tropical, lush, humid, and the scents and sounds will make you forget you are in the city. The conservatory is over a century old, making it the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and the oldest public wood and glass conservatory in North America! It houses about 17k types of plant species and their orchid collection is truly remarkable. Stop by next time you are in the park. The cost is $8 per adult, but on the first Tuesday of every month admission is free.
SF Botanical Gardens
The magnolias are in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden! Located in Golden Gate park, the gardens house over 50,000 types of plants on 55 acres of land. The Botanical Gardens have been open since 1940 and continue to be open year round for all to enjoy! It’s a gorgeous place for an afternoon stroll and to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have been having! Check their website for admission prices and hours. Admission is FREE for all SF City & County Residents (with proof of residency).
Asian Art Museum
San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum is one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world. There are over 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection with some as artifacts being 6,000 years old. Admission is free on every first Sunday on a first come first serve basis. They will also be hosting their Solid Gold Party on March 3rd, 2016 to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Check out our deals page for a special coupon code!
De Young Museum
Located in the Golden Gate Park, the De Young Museum is a fine arts museum with displays of American art from the 17th through 21st centuries. Their collections contain textiles, costumes, international contemporary art, and art from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa. The building itself is an architecture interest. To help withstand earthquakes, the building can move up to three feet (91 centimeters) due to a system of ball-bearing sliding plates and viscous fluid dampers that absorb kinetic energy and convert it to heat. The lobby and viewing tower where you can get a bird’s eye view of San Francisco is free to the public. It is $10 admission to see the rest of the museum, but is free on the first Tuesday of every month.
Contemporary Jewish museum
The Mission of the Contemporary Jewish Museum is to make the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience through exhibitions and educational programs. We personally loved the exterior of the building just as much as the interior. The museum’s tilted, dark-blue stainless steel cube, constructed by A. Zahner Company, slices into the old substation’s brick, making visible the relationship between the new and the old. Admission is $12 for adults. Every first Tuesday of each month, admission to the Museum is free!
Many interactive, hands on exhibits can be found at the Exploratorium. It was built as a place for public learning about science, art, and human perception. At it’s new home on Pier 15, it has many fun exhibits for the whole family. There are plenty of special exhibits and events such as the After Dark events (21+ and older) and shows in their tactical dome (additional ticket required). Check out their website for group deals and specials. Free admission for California Public School Teachers!
Walt Disney Family Museum
Did you know there’s a Disney Museum in San Francisco? The Walt Disney Family Museum is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco and is a nonprofit organization. The museum features the newest technology and historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, and a 12-foot diameter model of Disneyland. There is also a café on site with adult admission at $20.