San Francisco

United States



Legion Of Honour Museum

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco's most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.

Permanent Collection

European Painting
750 Works, 700 Digitized

The Legion of Honor's rich collection of European paintings includes masterworks from the 14th through the 20th centuries. Paintings on display include works by Fra Angelico, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau, Gainsborough, Monet, Bouguereau, Matisse, and Picasso.

European Decorative Art
8,000 Works, 4,500 Digitized

The Fine Arts Museums' collection of European Decorative Art includes furniture and other decorative items as well as sculpture. Highlights include French Baroque inlaid furniture, 18th-century English porcelain, and of course the Legion's world-famous collection of Rodin sculpture, including an original cast of the Thinker, situated in the Court of Honor.

Works on Paper
74,000 Works, 65,000 Digitized

A rich resource for special exhibitions is the Legion of Honor's works on paper department: The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. The collection, one of the largest in the United States, includes more than 70,000 prints, drawings, and illustrated books. The collection spans six centuries and includes works by artists as diverse as Dürer, Gauguin, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, and O'Keeffe, as well as Japanese prints and Indian minatures. Documentation of this extensive collection has been computerized and study facilities are available to the public.

Ancient Art
1,300 Works, 1,200 Digitized

The Fine Arts Museums' collection of ancient art includes antiquities from throughout the ancient Mediterranean world and the Near East, including Greece, Rome, Egypt, Assyria, and Mesopotamia. Objects on display in the galleries include pottery, sculpture, and metalwork. In addition, the Museums' Ancient Hel...+ [ Read all ]


Masterpieces of French Jewelry

February 10, 2007 — June 10, 2007

Design and Decadence: French Works on Paper of the Modernist Era
February 10, 2007 — June 10, 2007

The Art of Instruction
April 14, 2007 — August 19, 2007
The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books

Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A Decade of Collecting Works on Paper
June 23, 2007 — October 7, 2007

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon
November 18, 2007 — February 17, 2008


Adults $10, Seniors 65 and over $7, Youths 13-17 $6, College Students with ID $6, Children 12 and under FREE.

Admission tickets to the de Young may be used on the same day for free entrance to the Legion of Honor.

First Tuesday of each month FREE. Special exhibition fees, if any, still apply.

Opening hours

Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Fridays until 8:45 p.m. (selected galleries open 5 to 8:45 p.m.)

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25

The museum closes at 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31.

Getting there

Driving and Parking

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The de Young is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Cross streets are John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Driving Directions
From the North Bay/Golden Gate Bridge
From the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza take the 19th Ave/Park Presidio Blvd exit and proceed through the tunnel onto Park Presidio Blvd. Go two miles to Cabrillo St. Turn right on Cabrillo, then right again on 14th Ave. Proceed one block north to Balboa St., turn right. Proceed across Park Presido Blvd. to 8th Ave. For surface access to the de Young, turn right onto 8th Ave. across Fulton St. to JFK Dr. For direct access to the Concourse parking facility, turn right on Fulton St. and then left on 10th Ave.

From the South Bay/I-280 North
At Daly City, take Route 1 North toward 19th Ave./Golden Gate Bridge. Go five miles on 19th Ave. through Golden Gate Park and make a right onto Fulton St. Turn right on 10th Ave. for access to the Concourse parking facility, continue two blocks to 8th Ave. and turn right into the park.

From the East Bay/I-80 West
Weekdays: Continue on I-80 through San Francisco for about one mile and then bear right, following signs for Golden Gate Bridge/US101 North. Follow signs for Octavia St. and Fell St.; freeway ends at Market St. Cross Market St. and go four blocks and make a left turn onto Fell St. Go 1.5 miles on Fell St. For access to the Music Concourse Parking Facility: Just beyond Shrader St. bear right and make a right turn onto Stanyan St. Go two bloc...+ [ Read all ]


Concourse Parking Facility
Parking for cars and bicycles is available in the Concourse parking facility. Access to the north entrance is from Fulton St. at 10th Ave. Access to the south entrance is at Concourse Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr. inside the park. The Concourse parking facility is open seven days a week year-round and parking in the garage is encouraged.

Hours and rates:
Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. ($2.50/hour)
Weekends 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. ($3.00/hour)

Limited parking is available on John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. JFK Drive is closed on Sundays.

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Group Tours for College Classes
Visit the Museums' permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions for a discounted admission fee. Docent-led tours must be arranged four weeks in advance. Tours are 45 minutes long.

Groups are welcome to self-tour the museum. These visits can be arranged two weeks in advance.

The Museums' collection of works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs, books) is also accessible for classes of up to 20 students to engage with works from the permanent collection. Object selection and class sessions are coordinated by a curator in the department.

Private tours of the permanent collection are offered to college groups in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, and Cantonese on a limited basis.

Sketching in the Galleries
Sketching with pencil on an 9" x 12" or smaller hand-held pad is allowed without special permission during regular museum hours. Special permission must be obtained if using easels or large pads. Permission to sketch can be granted only for objects belonging to the Fine Arts Museums.

Education Department Internships
1) Resource Center for Education
The Resource Center for Education is open to educators and museum visitors with an interest in arts education. The center offers visitors an opportunity to plan for museum visits, create classroom acitivities, or use the Museums' resources. To apply for an internship in the Resource Center for Education, please e-mail

2) Museum Ambassador Program
Established in 1982, the Museum Ambassador Program recently won an award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for making a remarkable difference in the lives of youths a...+ [ Read all ]