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The Legion of Honor (formerly known as The California Palace of the Legion of Honor) is a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF). The name is used both for the museum collection and for the building in which it is housed.
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|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:15 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:15 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:15 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:15 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 5:15 PM|
Beautiful museum with a world-class collection of art. The permanent collection features a huge variety artwork by many wonderful European artists. Audio guides are also available, providing more information on the works displayed. The Klimt-Rodin exhibition was also well worth seeing, with some of Klimt’s most wonderful pieces on display. The location is not super convenient as it’s quite far from the “centre” of San Francisco but reachable by bus. The location does however provide wonderful views, especially of the Golden Gate Bridge, and there’s a lovely viewpoint nearby which is a must-see at sunset.
Love this museum. The European furnished rooms and rock crystal chandelier are beautiful. The recent Casanova exhibition and audio guide was well done. The Cafe is a bit on the expensive side but is high quality.
Great museum, unfortunately there is some staff who need an attitude check. Stay clear of a man named Albert. Ruined the whole experience of even being a member. Have never seen anyone with such a pompous attitude towards paying guests before they even step foot into the museum. Albert, great job making me never want to renew my membership.
We always love coming here with the kids and seeing the great art exhibits. If you are a local San Franciscan you should become a member. If you are visiting from out of town definitely stop off and see this place. We just went to the Rhodin and Klimt exhibit and it was excellent. They always have fantastic exhibits and the information they provide on the art really helps give depth to the entire experience. You can also step outside and get a great view of the San Francisco Bay.
Among the most beautiful museums in the world in my opinion. The setting is an obvious reason: nestled at one of the highest points of Lincoln Park with 360 degree views of the city, bay and Bridge. But the museum consistently delivers on exhibits as well, a highlight this year being Monet's Early Years. Having grown up visiting some spectacular museums in NYC, I can say that the crowds at the Legion of Honor are also one of its assets. Less folks snapping selfies for seconds at a time, and more people slowing down to admire the good stuff.
Engaging permanent collection in a beautiful neoclassical building. The Rodin rooms are particularly comprehensive, but numerous other masterworks are found in this museum. Temporary exhibitions have added plenty of variety over the years, from Japanese woodblock prints to treasures from Casanova's world. The location atop Lands End is stunning.
We had just visited the DeYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor was included as part of the ticket. We arrived to he Legion of Honor, but did not have time to visit. It is in a beautiful location with great views of San Francisco all around That itself is worth the visit. We will definitely return to visit the museum itself as I understand that it has an excellent collection of art.
I love this museum because it has a nice assortment of European art to please the whole family. Some other cultures are represented too, although this museum is not meant to be an exhaustive collection of things from everywhere in the world. The porcelain collection is pretty amazing, and the rotating exhibitions are fun. Parking can be a challenge, but on a nice day this place is outstanding.
First off the location is exceptional - mounted stop a hill overlooking the Ocean, hard to beat. The collection of artwork here is quite excellent, mostly from Europe. When I went the had a small special exhibit on Egyptian Mummies and Science from the epoch. Artwork is displayed in ample large halls throughout the museum, which makes for a pleasant and non-crowded experience - lots of space between artworks which allows you to appreciate them better. A nice collection of Rodin sculptures, including pieces from the Burghers and the Gates of Hell. Stopped and crapped lunch at the cafe' - a bit pricey tbh, but this is SF after all. Great place to visit repeatedly to enjoy it's nuances, will be back!
A first class art gallery in a beautiful building with lovely surroundings. Check the special exhibit and decide if you are interested. It's an extra charge. There is a self guided as well as docent led tours. Or do what I did, just start to the right and keep going right until you get back to the entrance. But don't forget to check out the lower floor and take a break in the cafe. There's really good coffee, and some delicious menu selections. I had the Thai, she had pasta. Both were restaurant quality, much better than the usual museum cafe selections. View at your own pace, I lingered by some and sped by others. Break up your visit with lunch.
It is great. The contemporary exhibition has a lot of masterpieces. Also special exhibition has a very interesting theme. When i went there it was Casanova and there are full of interesting paintings and jewels. For the main exhibition on the upper floor the structure is pretty complex so sometimes the name of each theme and section is confusing if you are not familiar with the historical people in the past. It would be better if you follow any instruction if u have.
Nice museum, but very small. Could really only stay busy for an hour or two if you took your time. Egyptian mummy exhibit is by far the highlight. The graffiti wall design balanced surprisingly well with the old artifacts. Nice that the ticket can also be used the same day at the deyoung in Golden gate.
Legion of Honor is one of my favorite museums. It has fantastic expositions, a lovely cafe patio, audio tours, friendly staff and for the past year the website provides excellent virtual tour of whatever the current special exhibit is. We picked the date for our last visit on a day with docent lecture (an 1h commentary in the museum theater), but the technician in charge of unlocking the theater and setting up the docent's presentation was nowhere to be found, a group of 15 people had to wait 35 min in front of the hall for him, then another 20 min for the setup, essentially wasting an hour of valuable time that would have been spent enjoying or discussing art. Not even an excuse from the technician at the end.
I have been to San Francisco a number of times but I never heard of this museum. Too bad. We we're very impressed. It has a wonderful collection and special exhibits as well. Worth the visit. And there are nice views of the Golden Gate bridge from the grounds
I wanted to go here originally because it was a world war 1 memorial. But we ended up going inside the museum also and it was spectacular. All of the exhibits were very beautiful. My favorite was the mummy section though! In the end me and my girlfriend really enjoyed our experience here and would recommend it to anyone who is interested.
This museum is always a delightful experience. I recommend getting a membership which admits up to 4 people and pays for itself with a couple visits a year. The Palace of Legion of Honor is a integral part of San Francisco's cultural heritage. For those who want to dig deeper, Big Alma, the biography of the founder who was a larger than life SF patron of the arts is a great read.
Came here with my mom using her annual membership. Went on a Monday in October 2017. There was hardly anyone there at all! She couldn't get there as early as I would have liked, but we were still able to see most of the museum because it really isn't that big. It does have some fine pieces and was worth taking the time to visit. Note: My rating is definitely biased because it was free for me to get in, but seeing that the normal price is only 15 bucks, I would still say it is worth a rating of at least 4 and maybe still 5.
As always finding a parking spot is a challenge. The exhibits we went for were great. We also enjoyed some music from the organ concert. They are a semi-regular feature on Saturday afternoons. The admission to the Legion of Honor also gets you same day admission at the de Young. So it is a good value.