Located in Lincoln Park, this beautiful Fine Arts Museum has over 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.Kids under 12 are free with an accompanying adult.
First Tuesday of each month FREE.
We have gone to this museum twice while visiting the city. Although I do not recommend the museum for toddlers, or young children, I do believe that older kids might enjoy and appreciate some of the art.
The museum houses an extensive collection of Rodin's sculptures, and a lot of classical art, which includes a lot of naked bodies on sculptures, and exposed breasts on women in the paintings. Prepare tweens in advance to quell the giggles.
The crowd here is almost entirely older adults, although I don't think it should be. Although my kids are young (7,6,2), I believe they should be exposed to art at young ages, and I will keep taking them.
However, running through two exhibit rooms saying "no, no, no!" to my little one did start to ruin the artsy feel, so we ducked out to the cafe while dad took on the rest of the museum solo.
The cafe also caters to an older crowd, offering no specific kid-friendly fare. Thankfully, we packed a few snacks. We did purchase a couple of bottled sodas and enjoyed the free cups of water. The girls had fun running around the outdoor cafe garden chasing birds--not exactly your typical art museum experience, but they had a fun time.
The Legion of Honor is a beautiful museum with gorgeous grounds and a wonderful view of the bay. However, the pieces showcased there are more for older children than younger children. I would go when they have a nice exhibition. We went to see the French Jewelry Exhibition (XIX century). My two daughters 9 and 6 at the time, were fascinated.
While this is a beautiful spot I have found that is is tough to take kids here. Little ones want to run around and touch everything, which is not always a great idea andthe bigger ones get loose interest pretty fast. You will usually find an older crowd here that does not appreciate children.
It is a great photo op spot, but I wouldn't pay to go in with kids.
Besides the great art at Legion of Honor, there are outdoor areas around the Palace, lion statues, grass, gardens, and views. Walking around the look out, kids love to look out into the golf course and the carved lamp posts near the parking area. There are trails to explore the history of the city's exchange with Japan and view the Golden Gate Bridge. Free on first Tuesdays of the month. Some Sundays at 4 pm, there are concerts in the museum. (Check the schedules)
34th Avenue & Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121