San Francisco
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.
Activity Level
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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Sue Lombardi
Susanna Lombardi is an art historian and educator whose career in college teaching spanned over 25 years. In addition to her role as a faculty member at Dominican College, she served as the associate director of the graduate humanities program. She completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of the book, "Behold!"
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Marie McNaughton
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