With boutique Downtown San Francisco accommodations at Tilden Hotel, you’re wonderfully close to the finest museums in the City by the Bay—which, by extension, puts you wonderfully close to some of the best museums in the world.
Rather than a full list of San Francisco museums close to our hotel near Union Square, we’ll offer up here a profile of three of the great art museums at your fingertips as a Tilden guest. (It’s an appropriate roundup given our dedication to local artists, manifest in our Tilden Hotel Art Program, which you can read more about here.)
de Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive)
The de Young Museum—named after the early San Francisco journalist M.H. de Young—has been a fixture of Golden Gate Park since 1895. Its wide-ranging collection focuses on American art of the 17th through the 20th centuries, textile arts, and works from elsewhere in the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, plus international contemporary art.
Current exhibitions include Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection (through January 12th), Matt Millican: Between Sign & Subject (through January 26th), Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 – 1983 (through March 15th), and The Turkmen Storage Bag (through November 15th), showing off some marvelous weavings.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (151 3rd St.)
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, aka SFMOMA, ranks among the largest modern and contemporary art museums in the country: a true cultural treasure of the city. Among its 30,000-plus pieces are notable works by Henri Matisse, Frida Kahlo, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Paul Klee.
The temporary exhibitions currently being presented by SFMOMA include Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space (through January 20th) and SOFT POWER (through February 17th), which features 20 artists from around the globe.
Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin St.)
Another genuinely superlative institution, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art & Culture boasts one of the greatest collections of Asian art anywhere, sourced from across thousands of years of history. Its many highlights include a lacquer Qing Dynasty figure of the Buddhist deity Simhavaktra Dakini, a stoneware pitcher from the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea, and a carving of the seated Buddha during his enlightenment resisting the demon Mara, which hails from 10th-century India.
The Asian Art Museum is currently showing Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks (through March 22nd) and Chang Dai-chan: Painting from Heart to Hand (through April 26th). Presenting Himalayan Buddhist artwork from the museum’s own collection as well as that of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment will open January 17th and run through early May.
Take in San Francisco’s Outstanding Art Museums at Tilden Hotel
A day spent at any one of the above destinations—again, only a small sample of San Francisco’s enviable share of amazing museums—is one very well spent indeed, and you won’t find a better launch pad than Tilden Hotel!