Museums Mentioned on the Tours

California Historical Society

The California Historical Society was founded in 1871 and is the official State Historical Society.  They have a museum and gift shop with a large selection of books on the history of California.  They are a research library as well.

678 Mission Street SOMA

Gallery + Store: Tuesday – Sunday  11:00am to 5:00pm
Library: Wednesday – Friday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Cable Car Museum

The Cable Car Museum was established in 1974. It is operated by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum as a nonprofit educational facility. The museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street. On display are various mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, detailed models, and a large collection of historic photographs. The museum houses three antique cable cars from the 1870s. The Sutter Street Railway No. 46 grip car & No. 54 trailer and the only surviving car from the first cable car company, the Clay Street Hill Railroad No. 8 grip car.

1201 Mason Street  Nob Hill

April thru October 10am to 7pm
November thru March 10 am – 5 pm
Open every day except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission is Free.

Chinese History Museum

The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum sit in a Julia Morgan building in Chinatown. The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.

965 Clay Street  Chinatown

Open Tues.–Fri. 12–5pm
Open Sat. 11am–4pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays

The Beat Museum

The Beat Museum is dedicated to spreading the spirit of The Beat Generation, which is defined as tolerance, compassion and having the courage to live your individual truth.

The Beats, as in beaten down and beatific, were a collective of writers, artists and thinkers that congregated in 1950s San Francisco.

540 Broadway North Beach

Open Daily 10am to 7pm

ATT Park

ATT Ballpark, home of the Giants Baseball Team is the ballpark where home runs can be “splash hits” and the breathtaking Bay view rivals the action on the field. It’s where one of baseball’s most hallowed franchises plays inside an architectural landmark.

24 Willie Mays Plaza   SOMA
Adults $22.00
Seniors (55 & over) $17.00
Kids (12 and under) $12.00
Tours are available EVERY DAY at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., rain or shine, except for the unavailable dates listed at their website. Additional tours are available at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during June, July and August.

Railway Museum

The Railway Museum features a full-sized exact replica of the motorman’s platform of a 1911 San Francisco streetcar, where you can experience what it was like to be at the controls. You’ll also find unique historic artifacts, illustrative and informative displays, rarely seen archival photography, and audio-visual exhibits that use 21st century technology to bring rail transit in the 19th and 20th centuries to life.

77 Steuart Street  The Embarcadero

Open Tuesday – Sunday  10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday

Free Admission

Other San Francisco Museums

Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted to the arts and cultures of Asia. The permanent collections represent over 40 Asian countries.

200 Larkin Street Civic Center
Tues–Wed 10AM–5PM
Thurs 10AM–9PM
Fri–Sun 10AM–5PM
Monday Closed

Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is presently closed, when they find a new location we will let you know.

CCA Wattis Institution

CCA The Watts Gallery The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is a nonprofit institution established at the San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice.

360 Kansas Street SOMA
T-Fri 12 – 7 Sat 12-5

Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum founded in 1984, is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

736 Mission Street MidMarket Area
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday 11am–5pm

David Ireland House

The David Ireland House.  American artist David Ireland (1930-2009) is admired regionally as well as nationally and internationally. Ireland’s best-known work is the house at 500 Capp Street. Serving simultaneously as the artist’s environmental artwork, social sculpture, and residence for 30 years, it embodies his visual language and exists as both a container for his art and an artwork in its own right.

500 Capp Street  Mission District
Artist-led tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. On the last Thursday of each month, one twilight tour will be offered. All tours will last approximately 90 minutes.
As space for each tour is limited, advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

deYoung Museum

The deYoung Museum was founded by newspaper mogul Michael deYoung in 1895.  Although it has always been in Golden Gate Park, in 2005 the old museum was torn down and a new modern structure was erected. The tower affords beautiful views of the surrounding city.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 9:30 am to 5:15 pm
Open Late Fridays (April 15–November 25, 2016) 9:30 am to 8:45 pm
Closed Mondays and Select Holidays

GLBT History Museum

The GLBT Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States, located in the heart of the historic Castro District of San Francisco.

The archives contain papers, photos, art and artifacts, ephemera and audiovisual recordings spanning a century of queer history.

4127 18th Street
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.

Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting.

Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. The collections include Rodin’s Thinker, which sits in the museum’s Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 9:30 am–5:15 pm Closed Mondays and Select Holidays.


The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is dedicated to sharing the art and stories of African heritage. Opened in 2005 MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the few museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture and on presenting the rich cultural heritage of the people of Africa and of African descendant cultures all across the globe.

685 Mission SOMA
Monday – Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm

Museum of Craft Design

The Museum of Craft and Design  (MCD) develops and presents exhibitions and educational programs that explore and define the role of craft and design in our dynamically changing global culture, encouraging the audience to see the world differently.

2569 Third Street  DogPatch
11:00 AM-6:00 PM Tuesday – Saturday
12:00 PM-5:00 PM Sunday

Pier 24

Pier 24, on The Embarcadero, houses the permanent collection of the Pilara Foundation, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting photography. Seeking to engage the community through exhibitions, publications, and public programs,  members of the public, academic institutions, and museum groups are welcome for self-guided tours that last up to two hours.

Open by appointment Monday thru Friday


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. The museum’s current collection includes over 29,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts.

151 3rd Street SOMA
The museum is undergoing a complete remodel and will open again in May 2016