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"De Young Museum" De Young Museum Tip by SteveOSF

De Young Museum, San Francisco: 23 reviews and 82 photos

  De Young Museum in final weeks of construction
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  • De Young Museum in final weeks of construction - San Francisco
      De Young Museum in final weeks of construction
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      Lion statue salvaged from original site
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Located in the "Music Concourse" region of Golden Gate Park, the Museum was recently opened after being completely rebuilt. The new museum is receiving rave reviews. It houses a variety of works of art, as well as traveling exhibits. Originally built in 1894 as part of the 1894 California Mid Winter Exposition, the museum is surrounded by landscaping features and structures dating back to that era. A new underground parking garage was recently opened nearby in association with the museum construction.

Local Historical Note:
The original museum sustained damage during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. For a while during the discussions concerning replacing the museum, moving the museum's location from the park to the San Francisco Waterfront was under serious consideration. The museum under its final form drew extensive opposition, mostly from the nearby neighborhoods and environmental groups, who felt its tall tower, as well as the underground parking structure are inappropriate for Golden Gate Park. Their objections were heard in court. After an initial victory by the opposition, the museum sponsors won and carried the day.

Address: Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Directions: "Music Concourse" region of Golden Gate Park

It is on Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, between John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Drives.

Phone: (415) 750-3600

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2007
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