on July 18, 2000
The de Young Museum is in the Golden Gate Park. It had an entrance fee to its main halls for $6/person. There was a surcharge to see another exhibit that was being temporarily housed at the museum. We opted to stick with the permanent collection of American Art. When we entered the museum, there was a guided tour available for free. A very lovely lady named Gerda took us from room to room to see some of the old American furniture in the de Young art exhibit. She gave us a wonderful historical overview of several pieces, and she was very charming in every way. I would not, however, suggest a tour that concentrates on something as specific as the furniture in the museum unless you have a real interest in that kind of thing. I found it fascinating to learn which European countries influenced American interior design and why, but my husband did not care quite as much about the neoclassic origins of the carvings on some of the dressers as I did. Still, Gerda showed us a Tankard made by Paul Revere and gave us background that we could not have gotten about the American Revolutionary as a craftsman from the signs posted beside the various exhibitions. When we noticed time was running short, we left the tour and wandered through the various rooms of American Paintings on our own. We enjoyed the time we spent in the de Young and wish we'd had time to look in some of the other attractions like the Asian Art Museum at Golden Gate Park as well.
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