Founded in 1894 for the California Midwinter International Exposition, the de Young evolved from what was originally an eclectic collection of exotic oddities into a quality showcase of fine arts from around the world, many pieces of which were donated by the Rockefeller Family, and moved into a world-class custom-designed permanent home in 2005. Permanent displays featuring North American art, and works from Oceania and Africa, have helped make the de Young one of the most-visited fine arts museums in North America, and exciting temporary exhibits and evening wine and music events keep even locals coming back for more.
Be sure to climb the 144-foot tower to the observation floor for fantastic panoramic views of the city. As a bonus, your de Young admission ticket can be used for same day entrance at the Legion of Honor.
- Erika Lennert