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Top Museums in San Francisco

World-class art collections, interactive science exhibits and everything you ever wanted to know about cable car systems, San Francisco has a diverse museum scene. Where else is there an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium and natural history museum rolled into one? Beyond the exhibits, many of the museums offer breathtaking views of the bay and the city’s best parks. Here are the most iconic museum stops to include on your itinerary.


What better way to learn and absorb the information you are seeing than to be able to interact with it? At the Exploratorium in San Francisco, visitors get to do just that.

  • Included in CityPASS
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California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is an entirely immersive experience that takes visitors through a rainforest, the deep blue sea, and the bright stars of the universe.

  • Included in CityPASS
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de Young Museum

Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Park, the de Young Museum is a wonderful attraction brimming with global artwork.

  • Included in C3
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Legion of Honor

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Lincoln Park, the Legion of Honor Museum shines inside and out with 4,000 years of ancient and European art and an unbeatable view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco cityscape.

  • Included in C3
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San Francisco lives and breathes art, and modern art emulates the spirit of San Francisco. And so, the recently expanded SFMoMA, the California equal to its New York big sister, is the collective home of all things modern art.

  • Included in C3
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Cable Car Museum

San Francisco is visualized by outsiders as the hilly, foggy city with the Golden Gate Bridge and iconic cable cars. Nothing shouts "San Francisco" quite as loudly as the Cable Car Museum.

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Now that you know about the best San Francisco museums, use San Francisco CityPASS and save nearly half off combined admission prices to some of the museums listed above as well as other top attractions in San Francisco. San Francisco CityPASS includes prepaid admission to the California Academy of Sciences and a Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise, plus your choice of two of the following attractions: Aquarium of the Bay, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Exploratorium, and San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.
CityPASS can be purchased online or at any of our participating San Francisco attractions. Use San Francisco CityPASS and discover the top museums and things to do in San Francisco.
If you think five attractions isn't right for you, check out San Francisco C3, which gives you admission to 3 of San Francisco's top attractions. Choose from the attractions included in San Francisco CityPASS, as well as SFMOMA, Bay City Bike & Parkwide Bike Rentals, or de Young Museum + Legion of Honor. With both San Francisco CityPASS and San Francisco C3 you'll see the best San Francisco has to offer at a significant savings.
Cable Car Museum Photo Credit
Legion of Honor and de Young Museum Images courtesy of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Date published: 2021-04-02
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Date published: 2019-07-16
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Date published: 2019-04-08
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Date published: 2019-04-06
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Date published: 2019-03-13
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Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value I bought a CityPass prior to leaving for my trip to San Francisco. It ended up being a great value! We were able to ride the cable cars multiple times and use the other modes of Muni to get to the sites. For the amount of attractions you get to see and the price, it is certainly worth it!
Date published: 2018-12-07
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Date published: 2018-07-12
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Date published: 2018-07-09
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