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Top 8 Museums to Visit in San Francisco

Learn about the top eight museums to visit on a trip to San Francisco, California in this Howcast travel video.


San Francisco’s museum scene is among the world’s best, in terms of both variety and quality.

The two Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco -- The de Young Museum & The Legion of Honor -- shouldn’t be missed.

The de Young contains one of the best collections of American art around.

The Legion of Honor, has an excellent collection of European art. The Rodin sculptures are not to be missed.

Visit the Asian Art Museum to see one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in the world. Art and artifacts from a vast number of Asian cultures spanning thousands of years of history can be seen here.

On the other hand, the Contemporary Jewish Museum doesn’t keep a collection at all. This museum focuses on exhibitions, so there’s always something new and current.

But San Francisco’s museums aren’t restricted to art. One of the city’s best museums is the California Academy of Sciences. This extensive natural science museum has an aquarium, a rainforest exhibit, a planetarium, and much more.

The Exploratorium is another great science museum -- geared towards kids. The interactive exhibits are educational, fun, and safe even for very young children.

The Mechanical Museum is another interactive museum. Play one of the hundreds of old-fashioned penny-arcade games in the collection.

Finally, visit the Cable Car Museum to learn about the history of San Francisco’s cable cars and how they work.

San Francisco’s museums bring everyone closer to an understanding of life in San Francisco and beyond.

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