on October 15, 2006
The De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park has attracted visitors since 1895. The original building for the De Young dated from the California Midwinter International Exposition in 1894. Eventually, structural issues and the growing collection dictated the need for a new building, and the new De Young - with a quarter million of square footage, now has over twice the exhibition space of the original - opened its doors in 2005. The De Young is particularly known for its displays of modern art, and Pan-American art. The eclectic collection ranges from South American stonework to pre-Columbian artwork, modern American glasswork, textiles, photography, sculpture - there's something for just about any taste. Getting to the De Young is easy; it's located in the Golden Gate park, next to the Chinese gardens, with underground parking available (for a fee), and bus service. The new structure includes lovely sculpture gardens, an auditorium, and the somewhat controversial Hamon Tower. The Hamon Tower is rather unusual looking, rising several stories above the park. Before the museum re-opened, local residents expressed some distate over the blunt design. However, it has become a very popular spot, offering fantastic 360-degree views across San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Tower access is included in the price of museum admission. Museum admission also includes admission to the De Young's sister museum, the Legion of Honor, if you visit on the same day.Visitor information:Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older, with ID) $7, Youth 13-17 $6, Children 12 and under free.Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm; Friday: Open until 8:45pm. First Tuesday of the month admission is free. Still photography without flash permitted. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
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