M.H. de Young Museum – San Francisco

M.H. de Young Museum – San FranciscoM.H. de Young Museum – San FranciscoM.H. de Young Museum – San FranciscoM.H. de Young Museum – San FranciscoM.H. de Young Museum – San FranciscoM.H. de Young Museum – San Francisco

The M.H. de Young Museum is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier fine arts museum with a collection totaling more than 27,000 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings and decorative objects dating from 1670 to the present day.  Located at the heart of the city’s Golden Gate Park, the museum was established in 1895 and is renowned for its holdings in American art of all periods, indigenous art from the Africa, Oceania and the Americas, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes.

The collection of American art is particularly noteworthy encompassing over 1000 paintings, 800 sculptures, and 3,000 decorative objects augmented by the Rockefeller Collection of American Art donated in the late 20th century.  Its acquisition made the de Young’s grouping one of the finest and most comprehensive in the country.

Presented chronologically, visitors pass through galleries devoted to Native American and Spanish Colonial art, Anglo-Colonial, Federal, Neoclassical and Victorian art, Hudson River, Barbizon and Ashcan Schools, Tonalism and Impressionism, Arts and Crafts, Modernism, Social Realism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Beat, Pop, Figurative and Contemporary. The California collections are especially significant boasting masterpieces of Spanish Colonial, Arts and Crafts, Bay Area Figurative and Assemblage art.

Seek out highlights from the Rockefeller Collection like John Singleton Copley’s portrait of “Mrs. Daniel Sargent” from 1763,  George Caleb Bingham’s “Boatmen on the Missouri” from 1846 and Thomas Pollock Anshutz’s “The Ironworkers’ Noontime” from 1888. Other standouts in the American department include Frederic Church’s “Rainy Season in the Tropics” from 1866, Mary Cassatt’s “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” from 1889 and Grant Wood’s “Dinner for Threshers” from 1934.  And do not miss Fredric Remington’s bronze of “The Bronco Buster” from 1895 as well as Thomas Hart Benton’s stunning “Susannah and the Elders” from 1938, perhaps the most impressive of all the paintings in the American collection.

The collection of treasures from Oceania and the Americas is also extraordinarily rich featuring priceless Maori woodcarvings from New Zealand as well as singular works of importance such as a rare Micronesian figurative weather charm both of which date to the collections founding at the end of the 19th century.  The de Young is also home to the largest and most important group of Teotihuacan murals outside of Mexico.

The textile and costumes departments contain more than 13,000 examples representing two millennium of human achievement from traditions around the world like extraordinary 12th through 15th century Turkmen carpets, extravagant Central Asian and North Indian silks, the most important group of Anatolian kilims outside Turkey, exquisite European tapestries and ecclesiastical hangings as well as the preeminent grouping of contemporary Bay Area fiber art. Since the 1930s the de Young has also been acknowledged as an important repository for 20th-century couture garments especially from the post-World War II era displaying outstanding pieces by among others, Chanel, Dior and Saint Laurent.

Originally housed in a landmark Egyptian Revival building, the museum suffered significant structural damage as a result of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the building had to be demolished.  In 2005 the museum was magnificently reborn in a contemporary and innovative design that incorporates the surrounding beauty of Golden Gate Park and offers breathtaking views of the city from an almost 150-foot tower.  This resulting incarnation has become the fourth most visited art museum in North America and one of the chief cultural attractions in the City by the Bay.


“The Ironworkers’ Noontime” (Anshutz) – 1888

”Susannah and the Elders” (Benton) – 1938

“Boatmen on the Missouri” (Bingham) – 1846

“Rainy Season in the Tropics” (Church) – 1866

“Mrs. Daniel Sargent” (Copely) – 1763

de Young Museum – San Francisco

Official Museum Site


M. H. de Young Museum

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 750-3600


Current Exhibitions:

First Impressions – Prints from the Anderson Collection

June 2, 2018 through December 8, 2018


Native Artists of Western North America

August 19, 2017 through December 31, 2018


Contemporary Muslim Fashions

September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019


Ranu Mukherjee – A Bright Stage

July 14, 2018 through January 20, 2019


Steve Kahn – The Hollywood Suites

September 29, 2018 through March 31, 2019


Fans of the Eighteenth Century

March 31, 2018 through April 28, 2019


Specters of Disruption

August 15, 2018 through April 30, 2019


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Gauguin – A Spiritual Journey

November 17, 2018 through April 7, 2019


Ana Prvacki – In Residence

December 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019


Ordinary Objects / Wild Things

December 15, 2018 through June 23, 2019


Monet – The Late Years

February 16, 2019 through May 27, 2019


Must-See in the Permanent Collection:


  • “Mrs. Daniel Sargent” (Copely) – 1763

  • “Boatmen on the Missouri” (Bingham) – 1846

  • “Rainy Season in the Tropics” (Church) – 1866

  •  “The Ironworkers’ Noontime” (Anshutz) – 1888

  • “Portrait of the Artist’s Mother” (Cassatt) – 1889

  • “The Bronco Buster” (Remington) – 1895

  • “Dinner for Threshers” (Wood) – 1934

  •  ”Susannah and the Elders” (Benton) – 1938

Africa, Oceania and the Americas:

  • “Maori Woodcarvings” (New Zealand) – 19th century

  • “Figurative Weather Charm” (Micronesia) – 19th century

  • “Teotihuacan Murals” – (Mexico) – 600 AD to 750 AD

Textiles and Costumes:

  • “Anatolian Kilims” (Turkey) – 15th to 19th centuries

  • “Silk Ballgown” (Dior) – 1949


Visiting Hours:

Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p. m.

Friday (March 30 through November 23 only) from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p. m.

Closed on Monday.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.



$15 for an adult ticket.

$10 for seniors 65 and over.

$6 for college students with valid ID.

Free for all 17 and under

Free for all first Tuesday of every month.

Additional fees may apply for temporary exhibitions.

Tickets to the de Young include same-day general admission to the Legion of Honor.


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