Museums in San Francisco – 6 Attractions You Can't Miss

If you enjoy visiting museums on your travels, San Francisco is full of them. And they have something for all tastes, ages and interests. There is a museum in the area of ​​science, art and culture, and even an ice cream museum!

Os museums in San Francisco are a great choice of cultural program to do with the family, alone, in couples or even with children. The most famous in the city is the SFMoMa, of modern art (like the one in New York).

Here we list the main museums in San Francisco that are worth a visit.

But don't forget to check out our San Francisco California Complete Guide.

1) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – or SFMoMA

The most visited museum in the city is the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – the SFMoMA. If you appreciate modern and contemporary art, you can't miss it. The museum has become a reference and is recognized worldwide. Spend a few hours visiting its floors with lots of interesting things, with works by Picasso, Frida Kahlo and other famous and local artists. If you are not a lover of the arts or are not so knowledgeable but still appreciate it, try the guided tour – included in the ticket price, which lasts approximately 45 min.


  • Address: 151 3rd Street – Yerba Buena
  •  Opening hours: Friday to Tuesday from 10 am to 17 pm. / Thursdays from 00:10 to 00:21 h.
    • Closed on Wednesdays.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: $25,00
    • Over 65 years: U$ 22,00
    • Young people (between 19 and 24 years old): U$ 19,00
    • Under 18 - free entry
  • Site:

The Museum is right in front of the Yerba Buena Park, a beautiful lawn where you can enjoy a beautiful sunny day, the place is super cozy. The Park has the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument and also the museum dedicated to children the Children’s Creativity Museum

Museums in San Francisco – 6 Attractions You Can't Miss

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Yerba Buena Park – right in front of Moma.

Museums in San Francisco – 6 Attractions You Can't Miss

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – SFMoMa

2) Scouting

Before arriving at the Embarcadero, on the Pier 15, take the opportunity to discover a recent attraction in the city, the Exploratorium. A museum is ideal for all ages, it is full of interactivity with a perfect way to learn about science and human perception and have fun at the same time. There are several areas that make you play with the senses, learn more about everything that surrounds us (from DNA to ecosystems), exhibitions and experiments on light, vision, sound and hearing. And there's even a little shop with really cool and interesting things.


  • Address: Pier 15 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
  •  Opening Hours
    • Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 (for all ages) / Thursday: 6:00 to 17:00 (for over 18) and closed on Mondays.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults – $29.95
    • Over 65 years old – $24.95
    • Children from 4 to 12 years old – $19.95
    • Children under 4 years old – free entry
  • Website for more information:
  • Youtube: @exploratorium

3) Young Museum

Another interesting Museum that can be included in your itinerary is the Museum of Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park. The museum is always hosting temporary exhibitions, which makes each visit a different experience. Take advantage of the trip to climb the Torre Harmony, and have a beautiful view from the top of its 9 floors. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 17:15 pm and admission is US$15.00.


  • Address: 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 am to 17:15 pm.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: $15,00
    • Over 65 years: U$ 12,00
    • Students: U$ 6,00
    • Under 17 - free entry
  • Site:

4) Ice-cream Museum

I said that in San Francisco there were museums for all types and tastes! Yes, a museum dedicated to ice cream.. how delicious! The museum is almost all pink, has a lot of different things and visitors can interact with the goodies – wall of candies, confetti pool for you to jump in, cookies, chocolates, candies, cotton candy and of course lots of ice cream to enjoy yourself. Unfortunately, during our stay in San Francisco we didn't get to visit this museum, because the queue was huge and the ticket purchase is only done online and it's very popular. so here goes one #tip it is necessary to register on the museum's website and wait for the sale of invitations.


  • Address: 1 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
  • Opening hours: every day from 10:30 to 20:30
  • Tickets:
    • For all ages U$ 38,00 – children up to 2 years old are free
    • For groups of 10 people, the ticket price is U$ 29,00
  • Site:

5) Asian Art Museum

If you enjoy history and cultural tours you will love the Asian Art Museum. The place has one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art, with almost 18 works, some of them up to 6 years old, that tell the story of the largest continent in the world. The museum is divided into 8 geographic regions – Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Himalayas.

#Tip: on the first Sunday of each month, admission is free, subject to availability. The museum also has a free guided tour.


  • Address: 200 Larkin Street – San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 17:00 pm. Closed on Mondays.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: $15,00
    • Over 65 years old, teenagers (from 13 to 17 years old) and university students: U$ 10,00
    • Children (under 12 years old) – free admission.
  • Site:

Museums in San Francisco – 6 Attractions You Can't Miss

Asian Art Museum in San Francisco – Photo by Dale Cruse via Flickr

6) Walt Disney Family Museum

The Museum, as its name implies, tells the fantastic story of Walt Disney's life. About his family, his work and his incredible legacy. It is located in the Golden Gate National Park in the Presidio neighborhood, very close to the Bridge. The museum is divided into 10 galleries that tell its story from the beginning to the construction of the parks, in addition to some temporary exhibitions narrated by Walt Disney himself.

#Tip: the guided tour is paid and must be requested at the entrance. Unfortunately photos are prohibited in the museum ?


  • Address: 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129
  • Opening hours: Open daily, except Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 18:00 pm (last entry is at 16:45 pm)
  • Tickets:
    • Adults: U$ 25,00 (combo for two people for U$ 30,00)
    • Over 65s and students: U$ 20,00 (combo for two people for U$ 25,00)
    • Adolescents (17 to 6 years old): U$ 15,00 and children under 5 years old free admission.
  • Site:

Museums in San Francisco – 6 Attractions You Can't Miss

Walt Disney Family Museum

Other interesting museum tips to visit in the city:

  • California Academy of Sciences – located in Golden Gate Park. It has an aquarium, planetarium, museum of natural art and a tropical jungle.
  • Cable Car Museum – 1201 Mason Street. It tells the story of San Francisco's famous cable cars.
  • Legion of Honor – 100 34th Ave. Fine art museum built in memory of Californian soldiers who died in World War I
  • Madame Tussauds – 145 Jefferson St – wax museum
  • Children’s Creativity Museum – 221 4th St, San Francisco, Yerba Buena. Innovative art and technology experience for 2-12 year olds
  • USS Pampanito – Pier 39 – Visit by the ship of the Navy of the United States.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden – 1199 9th Ave – It is located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Its 55 acres include more than 50.000 plants

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