Discover San Francisco’s Art Museums
Explore the Bay Area’s most renowned museums and cultural centers alongside experts, savoring unique behind-the-scenes access and enjoying a performance by the San Francisco Symphony.
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Program No. 21592RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Experience four remarkable art institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area: the de Young and the Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museums, the Asian Art Museum and the newly revitalized San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). In-depth lectures and gallery visits will expose you to the compelling San Francisco art scene. Hear the behind-the-scenes stories about what happens when a Picasso turns up in storage, the traveling exhibit is towed for double-parking and a donation goes bad.
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On Your Feet
Four museum field trips involve several blocks of walking at a time and standing up to one hour on docent tours. Must be able to easily get on/off bus.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Become immersed in each museum with lectures by local experts followed by docent-led visits.
  • Be mesmerized by SFMOMA, transformed after a three-year expansion which includes six art-filled terraces, a sculptural staircase and Roman steps and ten stories of modern and contemporary art.
  • Enjoy a closing night performance in one of San Francisco's noted venues.
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Marie McNaughton
Marie McNaughton is an independent, interdisciplinary scholar whose devotion to art, architecture, history, literature and music was fired by childhood visits to the museums, public spaces, and culture of San Francisco. She has been a professional writer, editor, photographer, and all-around critic of society and culture since the 1980s. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Humanities from San Francisco State University, where she regularly lectures on cultural production as a means of understanding the human condition. Practiced in exhibit development, interpretation and curation, she has worked with such diverse institutions as the San Francisco Zoological Society, Sonoma County Environmental Discovery Center, San Francisco Police Department, California Homicide Inspectors Association, and the Cotati Historical Society & Museum, of which she is currently president.
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