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Museums

Museums, Arts and Culture
Near The Pickwick Hotel

Our hotel’s near the San Francisco Jewish Museum and the Golden Gate Theater as well as other popular cultural attractions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Cartoon Museum. Whether it’s art, entertainment or a little of both, you can find it in abundance just a short walk from The Pickwick Hotel.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What began in 1984 as a place to experience Jewish culture, art and ideas has grown into a dynamic and popular place to learn about art, film, literature, music and debate. Here, you’ll find exhibitions that include diverse media and disciplines as well as live performances.

The Mexican Museum

With a permanent collection that includes more than 12,000 objects, the Mexican Museum is the place to see works by artists such as Orozco, Rivera, Covarrubias and other famous Mexican artists. There is also plenty of art by modern Latino artists as well as educational initiatives for all ages.

The California Historical Society

Learn everything you wanted to know about the history of the Golden State by seeing this remarkable collection of artifacts, artwork and ephemera.

The Cartoon Museum

This is the place to see original cartoon art, from the earliest hand-painted cells to the most recent Manga sketches. What began with an endowment from Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts has grown to become a research/library facility that houses more than 6,000 original pieces in its permanent collection.

MoAD

The Museum of the African Diaspora describes itself this way: “Drawing from the collections of museums, institutes, organizations, universities and private citizens, MoAD is a collector of stories-a repository of information to be shared with all who wish to know about the African Diaspora.

Museum of Modern Art

Much more than just an art gallery, SFMOMA is an innovative nonprofit endeavor that offers a rooftop garden, a film program, live art performances, and educational programs for families, teens and educators in addition to its permanent collections and limited-time exhibitions.

Zeum

This must-see children’s museum offers a chance for kids of all ages to experience multimedia arts and technology to nurture “the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy: creativity, collaboration and communication”.

Warfield Theater

See live concerts and performances by top artists in this beautifully designed historic theater that is reminiscent of vaudeville and offers table seating.

Golden Gate Theater

See Broadway productions at this 1922 San Francisco landmark that welcomed the Marx Brothers and Frank Sinatra among others. Today, favorites such as Hairspray, Mamma Mia! and Rent are still thrilling audiences.

San Francisco Museums

Academy of Sciences, California

An aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof! 55 Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park 379-8000, calacademy.com

Aquarium of the Bay

300 feet of crystal clear tunnels bring you up close and personal with 20,000 of the Bay’s most amazing marine animals. PIER 39. 1-888-SEA-DIVE, aquariumofthebay.com
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Asian Art Museum

One of the largest Asian art collections in the Western world, over 13,000 art objects spanning 6,000 years of history. 200 Larkin/McAllister 581-3500, asianart.org
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Boudin Museum & Bakery Tour

Facts, myths & legends of SF & the Boudin Bakery. Open Mon.-Sun. 10am-7pm. Admission includes trip to tasting room. 160 Jefferson/Mason 928-1849, boudinbakery.com
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Cable Car Barn & Museum

Displays the history of San Francisco’s cable cars and the underground cables that pull the cars along the tracks. 1201 Mason/ Washington 474-1887, cablecarmuseum.org

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Presenting contemporary perspectives and Jewish views on art, history, and culture. 736 Mission/3rd St. 655-7800 thecjm.org

de Young Museum

American art from the 17th through 20th centuries and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific in a state-of-the-art new facility. GG Park 863-3330, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum

Exploratorium

A world-famous interactive museum. Over 650 ‘hands-on’ exhibits including ‘Shadow Box’ and ‘Tornado.’ Fun for all ages. 3601 Lyon/Marina Blvd. 561-0360, exploratorium.edu

Haas-Lilienthal House

This Victorian survived the 1906 Earthquake. Authentic furnishings and San Francisco artifacts. Tours Wed. & Sat. 12-3, Sun. 11-4. 2007 Franklin/Washington 441-3004, www.sfheritage.org

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum

Closed from Feb. 16 to May 30 for renovation. 175 Jefferson/Mason 771-6188, ripleysf.com
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

20th Century art in a variety of media. The museum is closed Wednesday. 151 3rd St./Mission 357-4000, sfmoma.org

San Francisco Railway Museum

See how streetcars and cable cars helped build and still energize one of the world’s greatest cities. Free. 77 Steuart/Market 974-1948, streetcar.org

USS Pampanito

Authentic WWII submarine. Exclusive iPod audio tour features voices of Pampanito crewmen. National Historic landmark. Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 45, 775-1943, maritime.org
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Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf

It’s all new! Visit your old friends and meet new stars. See the art and mystery of wax sculpting. 145 Jefferson/Mason. (800) 439-4305, waxmuseum.com
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Wells Fargo History Museum

Interactive exhibits, rare artifacts from California’s early history: stagecoach, mining tools, gold, maps. 420 Montgomery/California 396-2619, wellsfargohistory.com

Winchester Mystery House

Find out why Sarah Winchester built a 160-room house with doors, stairs and passageways leading nowhere. San Jose. (408) 247-2101, winchestermysteryhouse.com
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

A multidisciplinary arts center presenting visual and performing arts, films and public programs. 701 Mission/3rd St. 978-ARTS (2787), ybca.org