The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.
The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was established as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international contemporary art.
- The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll
On view at the de Young Museum April 8 - Aug. 20 is "The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll." An exhilarating collection of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera and avant-garde film, this exhibition is a 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967.
- Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
On view Sept. 30, 2017 through Feb. 11, 2018 is the first significant exhibition on the ancient center of Mesoamerica on view in the U.S. in more than 20 years. Over 200 artifacts are featured, including ritual items from the site's Feathered Serpent, Sun, and Moon pyramids.
- Architecture + Grounds
Opened on Oct. 15, 2005, the new de Young, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, provides open and light-filled spaces that facilitate and enhance the art-viewing experience. Constructed of warm, natural materials including copper, stone, wood and glass, the de Young weaves into and complements its natural surroundings.
- de Young Museum's Permanent Collection
The de Young Museum is home to one of the most diverse and significant art collections in the western United States. The de Young’s collection exceeds 27,000 works of art and is renowned for its holdings in American art of all periods, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper; the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and costumes and textiles representing a wide variety of Eastern and Western traditions.