San Francisco
Arts & Culture

San Francisco is a city of inspiration. You can see it all around you, in whichever neighborhoods you visit.

Festival attendees dance at the Portola Music Festival

San Francisco's art scene is vibrant and dynamic, with a rich history of artistic tradition, from murals to cutting edge performing arts. Today, the city is home to a thriving community of artists who work in a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and performance art. In its energy, its diversity, and its creativity, San Francisco’s art scene embodies all the best of the City by the Bay.


The outside of the California Academy of Sciences.

The California Academy of Sciences

Explore the natural world at the Academy, which houses a rainforest, an aquarium, a planetarium and more, all under one (living) roof. Learn how to plan your visit before booking your tickets ahead of time

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Mr. Roboto, 2024, Museum of Craft and Design. Photo by Henrik Kam.

Your Guide to San Francisco's Museums and Galleries This Spring

Explore inspiring exhibitions from esteemed creators of the past and present at these San Francisco institutions.


The Exploratorium

Described as a mad scientist's penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one, the Exploratorium is regarded as the world’s foremost interactive science museum. With more than 650 hands-on exhibits that ignite curiosity and transform the way people learn, visitors of all ages can play, observe, and discover.

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The home for modern and contemporary art in San Francisco, and the first of its kind on the west coast, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcases boundary-breaking works in painting, sculpture, and photography. Explore all seven stories of the building, which is itself a piece of architectural wonder. Book your tickets ahead of time. 

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