Academy of Sciences – Less than 3 miles from hotel
The Academy of Sciences is one of the most memorable museums in San Francisco. Located in the Golden Gate Park, one general admission ticket includes access to all museum and aquarium exhibits, including the rainforest, planetarium, and living roof. Admission also includes a wide range of daily programs and activities, including dive shows, penguin feedings, swamp talks, and more.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor – 4 miles from hotel
The Legion of Honor is a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Here, visitors will find a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art, most of which is French. Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, this San Francisco museum occupies an exquisite Beaux-Arts building in the northwest part of the city and offers exquisite views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
de Young Museum – 4 miles from hotel
The de Young Museum is located in the Golden Gate Park and is one of the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, along with the Legion of Honor. The de Young is named after its founder – an early San Francisco newspaperman, M. H. de Young. This San Francisco museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles, and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa.
Japanese Tea House & Garden – 4 miles from hotel
The Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States and is located inside Golden Gate Park. It was originally built as part of a sprawling World’s Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Today, visitors can sip a cup of tea or meditate at the Japanese Tea House and Garden, where many people come to take photos at the Hagiwara Gate, the large keyaki tree, and the Pagoda, which measures five stories tall. This attraction holds a special place in Far East culture, as they also serve as Buddhist shrines.
Palace of Fine Arts & Exploratorium – 2 miles from hotel
The Palace of Fine Arts & Exploratorium is a hands-on museum in San Francisco that highlights science, art, and human perception. It provides interactive exhibits, activities, science news, and more. For over 40 years, this San Francisco museum has offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – Less than 2 miles from hotel
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum devoted solely to 20th century art. A nonprofit organization, the museum’s current collection includes almost 30,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. The SFMOMA building is currently closed for a two-and-a-half-year expansion project. Scheduled to open in early 2016, the expansion will more than double the museum’s gallery spaces and provide almost six times as much public space as the current building. While this San Francisco museum is closed, SFMOMA is presenting exhibitions and public programs at partner museums and other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Walt Disney Family Museum – 3 miles from hotel
The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in the Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The 40,000 square foot building features the newest technology and historic artifacts that bring Disney’s achievements to life, with interactive galleries that include early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, and a 12-foot diameter model of Disneyland®. There are 10 permanent galleries, starting with Walt Disney’s ancestral history and ending with his death, as well as a Fantasia-inspired digital theater on the lower level of the museum, which screens Disney classics daily.
Yerba Buena Gardens – Less than 2 miles from hotel
Located in the downtown cultural district of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens (YBG) is the place to play, dine, shop, or just unwind. Embrace your every mood while discovering renowned galleries, San Francisco museums, cafes, restaurants, and theaters – all surrounded by landscaped lawns, public art, award-winning architecture, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Join other visitors with ice-skating, bowling, or ride the historic carousel. There’s no question why Yerba Buena Gardens is recognized as one of the United States’ top 30 urban parks.