de Young Museum

Part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young is one of the most visited museums in the United States. Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the de Young opened its doors in 1895, around the same time as the neighboring and much-beloved 5-acre Japanese Tea Garden. In its latest iteration, the museum inhabits a stunning building complex designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The de Young hosts a premiere collection of American art, including more than 1,000 objects ranging from the Anglo-Colonial through the Contemporary periods. While galleries are essentially arranged chronologically, certain installations juxtapose works from different cultures and time periods to emphasize historical connections.