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San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

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#24 of 49 in Museums in San Francisco
Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) was a private college of contemporary art in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1871, SFAI was one of the oldest art schools in the United States and the oldest west of the Mississippi River. Approximately 220 undergraduates and 112 graduate students were enrolled in 2021. The institution was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and was a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). The school closed permanently in July 2022.

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  • If you want to see a Diego Rivera mural, this is his most accessible of his three San Francisco murals. It’s also very beautiful and located in a gallery that houses the occasional exhibition. 
    If you want to see a Diego Rivera mural, this is his most accessible of his three San Francisco murals. It’s also very beautiful and located in a gallery that houses the occasional exhibition.  more »
  • Wonderful Diego Rivera mural which we had all to ourselves! Free entry. Really close to Lombard Street steps, but this is much more enjoyable. 
    Wonderful Diego Rivera mural which we had all to ourselves! Free entry. Really close to Lombard Street steps, but this is much more enjoyable.  more »
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  • Beautiful building and architecture. Famous for its mural from Diego Riviera. The roof top has amazing views for your morning coffee or afternoon snacks and chill. You can explore the building and it’s beautiful corners. We were lucky to see some students temporary exhibitions. 🎨💙
  • Very large building with weekend exhibitions and events. It’s well located next to the harbour. It’s very busy over the weekend with lots of people walking around! I went when there was a local arts and crafts exhibition, well organised and many many vendors.

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