January 20, 2014

Visit to the Legion of Honor

Entrance to the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco

San Francisco is a small city - in population and especially physical space - but has some really wonderful museums. My favorite might be the Legion of Honor, one of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's two museums.  The Legion showcases a collection of art ranging from antiquity to the mid-20th century in a neoclassical building situated atop Land's End with spectacular views of the Golden Gate bridge and downtown.

Yesterday we walked from our home up to the Legion to see the Anders Zorn show. In addition to a great permanent collection, the Legion hosts great special exhibitions (so excited for the Georgia O'Keefe show opening next month at the de Young!).

View of downtown San Francisco from the Legion of Honor
View of the Golden Gate bridge from the Legion of Honor museum
Galleries (Monet water lilies in the distance)
Rodin sculpture galleries

My favorites.
The Porcelain gallery is a gem within a gem!

Getting there: The Legion can be reached by car (plenty of parking) or by the Clement (2) Muni bus route from downtown.

Eating well: The Legion has a lovely cafe with basic sandwiches, salads, etc. and an outdoor patio. The front lawn also makes a nice picnic pad. Nearby is my favorite sushi places in SF, Oyaji, and also Pizzetta, and Aziza

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