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Legion of Honor, San Francisco

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Housed inside an impressive Beaux-Arts building, Legion of Honor is the home of many works of European and Mediterranean art. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on paintings and decorative art from ancient to modern times. You can enjoy works by famous masters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, or Picasso; see Roman and Greek pieces; or admire the collection of statues, starting with Rodin’s "The Thinker" in front of the museum building. The museum also boasts one of the largest collections of works on paper in North America, and displays various special exhibits. You can opt for a self-guided audio tour, join a guided tour without any additional fees, or book a private tour by telephone or online. With our world travel planner, San Francisco attractions like Legion of Honor can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I had a great time here! The exhibits were amazing and the service was fantastic! Had no issues with getting inside even on a crowded day and I got to see some amazing pieces of work. I even had a... 
    I had a great time here! The exhibits were amazing and the service was fantastic! Had no issues with getting inside even on a crowded day and I got to see some amazing pieces of work. I even had a...  more »
  • This museum had an excellent exhibition of clothing which was really high art by a world known Chinese expert. Well worth seeing. 
    This museum had an excellent exhibition of clothing which was really high art by a world known Chinese expert. Well worth seeing.  more »
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  • A must-visit for anyone who is an aficionado for central European art, particularly French. First off, if you're a resident of the Bay, you have free admission on Saturdays, so if you're looking for a tasteful after-lunch activity, this is a wonderful choice. Parking directly in front of the museum is rather limited, but just go a bit further in and down a short hill to find more roadside parking. If you happen to be an Impressionist or Monet fan, this is a must visit, as they house one of his water lilies works. They also feature side-exhibits that rotate depending on whatever the focus of the month is. At the time I visited, there was an exhibit featuring England's attempt at imitating porcelain.
  • Went for the Guo Pei exhibit and it was wonderful! Even if you don't spring for the exhibit the curator placed individual pieces throughout the existing collections and that alone was very cool in seeing how they integrated these exquisite gowns into so many different styles/time periods. The gardens and dining area are also really pretty just be sure to get to them early because things close (the kitchen, then the drinks)1-2+ hours before the museum itself closes and it's such a wonderful area to relax and enjoy. Great vista for photos too as evident by the throngs of folks there to take prom and wedding photos 💓 worth the trip and I believe they still do joint memberships if you join the de young plus reciprocity to other museums

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