Museums in San Francisco

60+ San Francisco Museums

San Francisco is known for its famous landmarks, delicious food, and vibrant culture. But, did you know that it’s also home to some of the best museums in the country?

Whether you’re a history buff or an art enthusiast, there’s something for everyone in the Bay Area. So, here are our picks for some fun museums in San Francisco and a list of more than 60 more!

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Children's Creativity Museum, museums in San Francisco, Children's Creativity Museum in San Fran

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum is ideal for kids two to 12 years old and is located in Yerba Buena Garden Park.

This museum in San Francisco offers numerous inspirational exhibits. You’ll find activities like an animation studio where you can make characters and movies. There are also a tech lab where you can program a robot and an imagination lab where you can design something out of the box. You can also take the Mystery Box Challenge, which inspires you to create your own original innovations.

The Creativity Theatre conducts concerts, seminars, and other educational activities for children.

Museum Details

Website – Children’s Creativity Museum

221 Fourth Street – San Francisco 94103

$15 on Thursday and Friday 10 am to 12:30 pm

$20 on Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

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Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum is near Ghirardelli Square on the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a cartoon art and caricature museum featuring works by both local and foreign artists.

The venue is a welcoming beautiful brick structure with plenty of room for exhibits and art shows. Comic book fans will particularly appreciate the exciting collection of cartoon art, comic strips, pages from comic books, anime, and digital cartoon art.

One of the more permanent exhibits is The Batman Armory. It showcases costumes and Props from the Bronze Armory Studios. Plus, you’ll see events like the Graphic Novel Readathon on the schedule.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

Website – Cartoon Art Museum

781 Beach Street, San Francisco 94109

Open daily except Wednesday – 11 am to 5 pm

Individual Membership $50/year – Family $80/year

$10 adults – $7 for San Francisco residents – senior/military/students $6; kids 6-12 free

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Musée Mécanique

The Musée Mécanique (meaning “Mechanical Museum” in English) is a for-profit museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. It’s family-owned and operated since 1933.

Visitors will appreciate a coin-operated arcade from the twentieth century and other fascinating artifacts. This location has an extraordinary collection of over 280 mechanical amusement machines. Musée Mécanique boasts one of the world’s most extensive private-ownership collections, ranging from fully-automated orchestras to ancient slot machines.

More Information

Website – Musée Mécanique

Pier 45 Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco 94133 (at the end of Taylor Street)

Open every day 10 am to 8 pm

Free admission

Legion of Honor San Francisco, fine arts museum San Francisco

The Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor is a historical fine-art museum in San Francisco that exhibits works by European artists. It’s located in Lincoln Park with a beautiful view of the city, the Pacific Ocean, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The museum’s permanent collection contains works by Louis XV, Rodin, Salone Dore, Gerome, and others and decorative art, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and antiquities. It also hosts temporary exhibitions of Tissot, Rubens, Degas, and other international artists.

Museumgoers will also appreciate photo exhibits by Bill Owens, Eadweard Muybridge, John Gutmann. The cafe serves delicious food, and the store sells various books, puzzles, and accessories. And, organ concerts are held at the museum regularly.


Website – Legion of Honor

Lincoln Park – 100 34th Avenue San Francisco 94121

Tuesdays through Sundays – 9:30 am to 5:15 pm

Tickets vary depending on the event – select a reservation time along with tickets – in the $30 to $35 range with discounts available for seniors and students

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a San Francisco-based research center and natural history museum. It was founded in 1853 as a research organization.

Kimball Natural History Museum, the Morrison Planetarium, Rainforests of the World, and the Steinhart Aquarium are the Academy’s four principal museum programs. These interactive displays around the museum allow the entire family to learn in a fun and instructive way.

About the California Academy of Sciences

Website – California Academy of Sciences

Golden Gate Park – 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco 94118

Monday through Saturday 9:30 to 5 pm

Sunday – 11 am to 5 pm

Thursday Nightlife 21+ – 6 to 10 pm

Admission varies based on dates, times, and events (in the $35 range)

Museums in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco MuseumsAddressWebsite
African American Art & Culture Complex762 Fulton St
American Book Binders Museum1962 Harrison St
Asian Art Museum4051 Judah St
Beat Museum540 Broadway
Cable Car Museum1201 Mason St
California Academy Of Sciences55 Music Concourse Dr
Cartoon Art Museum781 Beach St
Children's Creativity Museum221 4th St.
Chinese Historical Society Of America Museum And Learning Center965 Clay St
Ck Contemporary357 Geary St
Counterpulse80 Turk St
Curiodyssey1651 Coyote Point Dr.
De Young Museum50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.
De Young Museum-Golden Gate Park50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
ExploratoriumPier 15
Fantasy Arts Museum2339 Irving Street, 2nd Floor
Fort Point National Historic SiteLong Ave & Marine Dr
Fouladi Projects1803 Market St
Glbt History Museum4127 18Th St
Haas-Lilienthal House2007 Franklin St
Haight Street Art Center215 Haight St
Henry Wilson Coil Masonic Library And Museum1111 California St
Hiller Aviation Museum601 Skyway
International Museum Of Women222 Sutter St
Keane Eyes Gallery349 Geary St
Legion of Honor Museum100 34Th Ave
Madame Tussauds San Francisco145 Jefferson St
Magnes Museum282 2Nd St
Maritime Museum-San Francisco Maritime National Hi2 Marina Blvd
Musee Mecanique45 Pier Ste D7
Museum Of 3D Illusions San Francisco55-61 Jefferson St
Museum Of African Diaspora90 New Montgomery St
Museum Of Glbt History657 Mission St
Museum Of Ice Cream1 Grant Ave
Museum Of Russian Culture2450 Sutter St
Museum Of Vision655 Beach St
Neo Modern1898 Union St
Octagon House2645 Gough St
Pacific Coast Air Museum2330 Airport Blvd
Pacific Heritage Museum608 Commercial St
Philippine Folklife Museum Foundation447 Sutter St
Randall Museum199 Museum Way
Ripley's Believe It Or Not!175 Jefferson St
Romer Young Gallery1240 22Nd St
San Francisco De Asis - Mission Dolores3321 16Th St
San Francisco Fire Department Museum655 Presidio Ave
San Francisco Jewelry Museum888 Brannan St
San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building900 Beach St
San Francisco Railway Museum77 Steuart St
SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art151 Third St
Sfo MuseumSan Francisco International Airport
Society Of California Pioneers101 Montgomery St Ste 150
Studio For Urban Projects917 Bryant St
Tenderloin Museum398 Eddy St
The American Book Binders Museum355 Clementina St
The Contemporary Jewish Museum736 Mission St
The Gregangelo Museum225 San Leandro Way
The Mexican Museum649 Mission St
The Randall Museum745 Treat Ave
Treasure Island Museum300 Montgomery St
Uss Pampanito45 Pier
Walt Disney Family Museum104 Montgomery St
Wells Fargo Museum420 Montgomery St

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the best museums in San Francisco?

There’s no lack of museums in the Bay Area with over 60 prominent venues right in the city. Some of the best include MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), DeYoung Museum, Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum, Exploratorium, and San Francisco Maritime Museums.

Are there museums for children in San Francisco?

Many of San Francisco’s museums have at least one exhibit targeting younger visitors. Families will appreciate the Children’s Creativity Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Exploratorium, Madame Tussauds, and Museum of 3D Illusions.

What is San Francisco’s Museum of 3D Illusions?

The Museum of 3D Illusions in San Francisco describes itself as the “most fun museum!” That’s because it’s fully interactive. Visitors step inside 3D art exhibits creating incredibly unique photo opportunities. And, for visitors needing to relieve some stress, the Museum of 3D Illusions also hosts a “Smash It” room.