How to Visit the De Young Museum

If you live in San Francisco or if you are on a trip to the leading financial and cultural centre of Northern California, then you should not forget to visit the renowned M.H. de Young Museum, which is located near the Union Square and financial districts of the city.

At the M.H. de Young Museum, you will find a huge collection of paintings from famous American artists, along with African and Oceanic art. According to the museum’s record, there are over 1,000 paintings showcased, dating from 17th to the 20th century. The museum was first formed in 1895. In 2005, the museum structure was rebuilt over 293,000 square feet, making it more spacious. It is one of the best places to go, if you are an art lover.


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    Purchase tickets

    You can purchase the museum tickets from their box office. Moreover, if you do not want to visit the museum’s  box office or you do not have much time to go and buy advance tickets for your visit, then you have the option to buy them online from their official website. If you are aged 65 or more, then you can also get a discount on the ticket price. In addition to that, the same discount will be offered to children, if they are 13 to 17 years old. If you have kids at home who are less than 13 years of age, then they can get free entry passes.

    If you do not want to buy tickets and want to have a free visit to the museum, then you can wait for the next month’s first Tuesday, as the entry on the first Tuesday of each month is free for each visitor. The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday, every week. On public holidays, such as New Year's Day, July the 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the museum remains closed.

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    View the collection

    When you visit the de Young Museum, you should view all the collection showcased, as every collection is worth watching. Sections divide the art collection according to their types in the museum, so finding something particular gets easy. Following are the sections available in the permanent section.

    - The Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art
    - American paintings
    - American decorative arts and sculpture
    - African art
    - The Dorothy and George Saxe Collection of Contemporary Art
    - Art of the Americas
    - Oceanic art
    - Textiles

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    Enjoy lunch in museum’s cafeteria

    You will find exclusively Bay area grown food at the de Young Museum. Therefore, you can enjoy a great lunch, between or after you make the visit to all the sections in the museum.

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