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Fine Art Inside and Out at the de Young
The de Young Museum, with its perforated copper facade and spiraling tower in the center of Golden Gate Park, is as dramatic outside as it is inside. Follow the widening crack in the sidewalk into the atrium. It's an Andy Goldsworthy–created nod to the tectonic plates that carved out California, and emblematic of the museum, too: The previous building was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and rebuilt by Herzog & de Meuron, opening in 2005. Inside, Gerhard Richter's wall-size mural, made from digitally manipulated photographs, greets visitors. The museum specializes in American art, international textile arts and costumes, and art of the ancient Americas, Oceania, and Africa. Visiting exhibitions often focus on modern works and draw massive crowds. Recent blockbusters include Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Hockney. Make sure to visit the observation deck at the top of the tower. (It closes one hour before the museum.) It's a unique view over the low-lying western end of the city.
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De Young Museum

When you approach the de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, it is easy to forget that the museum is one of San Francisco's oldest, having been founded in 1895. The structure that houses it today is a striking contemporary masterpiece designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, clad in copper that will oxidize with age to match the landscape around it. The institution's current home opened in 2005, after its former building was damaged in 1989 in the Loma Prieta earthquake (following the addition of temporary braces, the museum continued to operate in that building for another 10 years). In addition to admiring the architecture, you'll want to see the art inside too, of course. The de Young's permanent collection of 27,000 works spans the globe, with pieces from Africa, Oceania and the Americas; the de Young also hosts significant traveling exhibitions.

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Atop the de Young Museum
I highly suggest visiting the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park. Not only is it in a great part of the city, with great art to boot, they have an incredible observation deck at the very top! This was my first time at the de Young Museum and seeing a sea of white buildings gives you the feeling of just how big the Bay Area is.
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When San Francisco wants, ...
... San Francisco knows how to employ green, white and blue to torment people with beauty! Take the elevator to the 9th floor of De Young Museum and be prepared to stretch the limits of how much visual drama you can take in!
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Must see these Ruth Asawa sculptures
The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is a wonderful spot to see art. Don't miss the Ruth Asawa sculptures near the elevators to the Hamon Observation Tower. The play of shadows enhances the sculptural beauty of these artworks. And yes, do take the elevator to the 9th floor observation tower. Here you'll have a 360 degree view of San Francisco; wonderful on a clear day and mysterious on a foggy day. Once you've seen all the exhibits inside the museum visit the outdoor sculpture garden and seek out the James Turrell Skyspace. Titled "Three Gems" it is a subterranean installation that features a view of the sky that highlights changing light and weather conditions outside. Café and gift shop on premises.
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The de Young Museum: San Francisco's Gem
With a brilliantly designed copper facade, 144 foot observation tower and sprawling grounds which seamlessly segue into the natural environment of Golden Gate Park: The de Young Museum is as beautiful as some of the works of art that adorn its' halls and is a must when visiting San Francisco.
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Golden Towering Heights
Included in your admission ticket to the fabulous De Young Museum, is access to the observatory tower. The views of Golden Gate Park, the Pacific and the city around you are more than special (and worth the ticket price). Keep in mind the fact that they close the tower at 4:30 PM, so be sure to plan your visit within the museum around the chance to get up top and back down. A special museum experience made even more spectacular with this view. Soak it up.
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A 360-Degree View of San Francisco
After two days exploring the outdoors of Golden Gate Park, I was ready for something different. I was therefore excited to find out that the tower of the de Young Museum is open and free to the public. We just walked in the front door of the museum, asked which way to go to get to the tower, took the elevator up, and were rewarded with 360-degree views of the city from the tower's glass walls. From here you can see the trees and gardens of Golden Gate Park, the green roof of the California Academy of Sciences, Coit Tower, and the surrounding hills of nearby neighborhoods and the Presidio National Park...definitely not to miss!
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Chihuly to Hockney- An Incredible Curating Team!
The DeYoung Museum is worth a visit if only for the building itself: the spiral tower with a 360 view of the city is hard to beat. The simulated earthquake crack that kids can follow from the front sidewalk, through boulders, to the entrance, the incredible, permanent exhibit, and the I-have-never-been-disappointed rotating exhibits have ranged from Chihuly to YSL gowns. It is manageable in its layout and number of pieces, the range of pieces are oooh-inducing, and the setting is extraordinary. Stay parked and go for a walk in the park after grabbing a bite in the cafeteria. And if you are in SFO while the DeYoung flower show is on (usually May), it is a not to miss!!
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