The Legion of Honor is a beautiful piece of architecture in its own right, presiding over Lincoln Park with a fantastic view of the surrounding landscape and area overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Home to a wealth of collected art spanning over 4,000 years, this treasure trove museum and gallery is a cultural hub and a must-see experience for San Franciscans and tourists alike.
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Originally constructed to commemorate the Californian soldiers who gave their lives in World War 1, the beautiful French neoclassical-style building now known as the Legion Of Honor has built a legacy and a civic pride all of its own. It opened its doors to the public on Armistice Day 1924 and, in keeping with the donor's wishes, dedicated its legacy to the remembrance of the 3,600 soldiers who gave their lives upon the French battlefields during World War 1. It is another symbol and landmark marking and celebrating the relationship between the Americas and France.
The museum hosts a wide range of ancient and classical art from America and Europe, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, and whilst the Legion of Honor focuses on more classical exhibitions, it has paired with the de Young Gallery, which champions more contemporary offerings; admission to one will also allow entrance to the other. Both galleries have a permanent selection of paintings and artworks as well as a constantly rotating schedule of visiting exhibitions and displays; you can visit the website to see what is currently on offer.
Perhaps the museum's biggest draw is that it is also the home of Rodin’s The Thinker. The statue takes pride of place in the courtyard of the building and continues to inspire and capture the minds of generation after generation of creative minds and intellects.
Admission and Opening Times
Admission is free to members and tickets for visitors begin at $15 for adults, $10 for seniors aged 65 and over, and $6 for students with proof of ID. Youth and children aged 17 and under are all admitted free of charge. The museum does have a rotating schedule of specialist and visiting exhibitions, which are subject to additional charges and it’s best to check the website for more information and ticket pricing.
Membership is available at varying levels and with group package discounts and you can find out more information by contacting them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 415 750 3636.
The gallery and exhibition space is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am until 5:15pm. They are closed for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day and further calendar information and special opening hours can be found on the website.
The museum cafe is closed an hour prior to the museum closure.
Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121, Phone: 415-750-3600