SF Art Overview

Aquarium of the Bay - Venue | Museum in SF

If you’re looking for awesome art in San Francisco, you’re in for a treat – this fun-filled city by the bay is as dedicated to creative outlets as it is to the next great progressive cause. From the multi-level contemporary abundance at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in SoMa to the kitsch-filled Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum in Fisherman’s Wharf and everything in between, this town packs in a lot of artsy venues.

A visit to the Exploratorium is a must for first-time visitors and long-time residents alike, featuring more than six hundred hands-on exhibits that will thrill people of all ages, including a tornado maker, illusion room, and crazy experiments in sound. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a famous multidisciplinary arts center that presents visual and performing arts, films, and public programs all year, while war history buffs will want to check out the USS Pampanito, an authentic WWII submarine moored at Pier 45.

All across town, cool galleries and fun-filled creative exhibits await, and include world-famous venues like the California Academy of Sciences – home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and a real four-story rainforest – to lesser known but very important spots like the GLBT History Museum.

Those who want to spy some art and also get a drink will love 111 Minna, which is a combination art gallery, bar/restaurant, and club, while those who want to spy some natural art that spies them back should make for the Aquarium of the Bay, which is home to forty thousand sharks, rays, skates, and other local marine animals.

In the midst of all this, you’ve got the underground art scene in SF, with lots of little galleries tucked away featuring awesome and bizarre local art and shows that can be both creatively inspiring and eye-numbingly bad.

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