- By Kevin
- On Jun 26, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
You’re looking for the right places for the perfect weekend trip or summer vacation with your family, especial for your kids? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve recommended a selection for you with this San Francisco Tours Guides.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA appeals not only with its 20,000 modern and contemporary international and American works of art and first-class exhibitions, but also for its impressive architecture. A laterally flattened cylinder protrudes from the middle of a rectangular plinth like the periscope of a submarine. Mario Botta’s first USA project (1995) is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. And those who would like to take a little art home with them will definitely find something suitable in the Museum Store.
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences is a scientific museum that was completely rebuilt in 2008, turning it into one of the largest, state-of-the-art natural science museums in the world. It's simply astounding from start to finish. The highlight of the Academy is the newly opened artificial rain forest, which is housed beneath a giant dome that forms part of the roof. The aquarium covers the whole basement and is home to a multitude of different marine animals. This museum awakens the inquisitive mind in adults and children alike!
De Young Museum
Right in the middle of the Golden Gate Park, the impressive De Young Museum building is nestled between green lawns and magnificent woods. This museum is home to ancient and modern art, as well as continually changing exhibitions. Entrance to the rooftop viewing platform is free and affords visitors a fabulous view of the entire city of San Francisco. The De Young Museum was redesigned by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and reopened in 2005.
Open Swing Dancing
What's the best reason to go out for a Sunday stroll? The Open Swing Party in the Golden Gate Park, without a doubt. This unique outdoor dance event is held every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Young and old alike can swing their hips to the rhythm of blues, jazz and swing, and there's a special introductory session at 12 noon for beginners. The whole spectacle is free and a real highlight.
The Beat Museum
The museum documents the radical changes in art and society of 1968 that began on the West Coast of America in San Francisco and the Bay area in the 1950s. Beat poets such as Allan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac settled here in their search for new life forms, becoming part of an exchange between art genres that resulted in a politically motivated counterculture.