Must-See Museums in San Francisco

San Francisco is a fantastic location for a vacation. There is so much to do and so much to see and although this picturesque city is famed for its world famous iconic scenery and buildings, it is also home to some amazing museums. So what are the must –see museums in San Francisco? Let’s take a look.


The Exploratorium is a science museum situated on the North Waterfront and if you fancy having your mind blown by some interactive science stuff, you will love it! There are some amazing exhibits and interactive displays to explore and if you like your science spectacular and entertaining this is a must see visit for all ages.

California Academy of Sciences

Sticking with the science theme, the California Academy of Sciences at the Golden Gate Park focuses on the natural world – you will never look at nature in the same light. Experience the wonder of a coral reef and feel what it’s like to be in the middle of an earthquake; warning this is very realistic!

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Situated on South Beach and within easy walking distance of Union Square SFMOMA is home to a fantastic display of modern art. The art work on display includes work by Andy Warhol and many notable modern artists including visiting exhibitions from world renowned artists such as Rene Magritte.

Other parts of the museum are equally spectacular. The museum has the largest living wall in the USA and there are fantastic views over the city from outdoors gardens and terraces. SFMOMA is one of the must see museums in San Francisco and the gift shop a great place to buy art mementos and exciting prints.

Cable Car Museum

Everyone knows the cable cars of San Francisco. The Cable Car Museum at Nob Hill offers visitors a peek behind the scenes including a walk way that lets you see the moving cable in action.

Musee Mechanique

The Musee Mechanique on Fisherman’s Wharf is home to an impressive collection of mechanical toys and games from throughout the ages. This museum feels more like an amusement arcade than a place to be reverent and is ideal for all ages from small children to people of senior age. Enjoy playing some vintage coin operated games, many of them hilarious! According to visitors the Musee Mechanique is one of the must – see museums in San Francisco and can be slotted in while you are visiting Fisherman’s Wharf.

Asian Art Museum

San Francisco is home to people from around the world and if you are interested in culture and all things Asian you will love this museum. Located at the Civic Centre the museum features over 18,000 exhibits that span 6,000 years of oriental history. The magnificent collection includes a vast selection of painting, arms and amor, furniture textiles and pottery.

Walt Disney Family Museum

If you are a fan of all things Disney you will love the Walt Disney Family Museum. Discover the history behind Disney including the first animations, original drawings of Mickey Mouse, Fantasia and much more. This speciality museum is situated in a former military barracks in the Presedio and has arguably the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

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