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Arts & Museums
The superbly curated SFO Museum program was established by the Airport Commission in 1980. It has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions.Touted as the "gateway to the Pacific," the San Francisco International Airport is one of the world’s 30 busiest airports. SFO opened in 1927, and in 2003, the long-awaited Bay Area Rapid Transit expansion finally connected it to the BART line.
The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia is a Mecca for Pez cultists. As for the rest of us, if you have to ask, "What is Pez?" then this is probably not the place for you. But if the fringes of American pop culture interest you, it is worth a visit. Exhibits include the rare Pez make-a-face. In addition to the candy and dispensers, the museum store also sells stop-and-smell t-shirts (smells just like a strawberry Pez), Pez banks, Pez porcelain boxes, Pez pens, and pretty much anything else related to the cult of Pez. Burlingame is about 20 minutes south of San Francisco, depending on traffic. Visit website for information.
This is just the place to take your kids to, especially if they are interested in nature. For adults, it serves as a wake-up call and induces a desire to act towards preserving natural resources. The museum focuses on global environment and conservation, while the programs incline towards awareness of environmental concerns. Children can have fun at the workshops, where they learn how to make their homes eco-friendly. Follow it up with a cheerful lunch in the museum's picnic grounds. Those younger than three and teachers with a valid ID can get in for free. The first Wednesday of each month is free for all.
Bright and colorful, that's Mama Art Cafe—a lively gallery that's simply fun to visit. Various art exhibitions are held here. The gallery takes the contributions of both local and international artists for a potent display of art. Artists from city neighborhoods are also encouraged to bring their paintings for exhibition. The gallery is also a member of the San Francisco Art's Community. They also have a small coffee shop there, where you can refresh yourself after a tour of the gallery.
The Museum of Ancient Civilizations is located within the Humanities building of the San Francisco State University campus. The museum is staffed by the university's students who not only manage the day to day operation of the museum, but are also responsible for the organization of exhibitions. Although the museum is home to a number of prestigious collections, including Lindgren coins and the Amarna Period Statuettes, it is best known for the Sutra Collection. This impressive collection is made up of over 1000 pieces from Ancient Egypt, including an exquisitely preserved sarcophagus and even a mummy. The annual Sutra exhibition attracts much attention from laypeople, students and historians, and is an event that should not be missed by anyone who is fascinated by the mysterious culture of ancient Egypt. At all other times, the collection may be viewed by appointment. Contact the Museum Studies Department for more information about the museum and the Sutra collection.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was established in San Francisco in the year 1977 with an aim of preserving, promoting and developing Latino cultural arts. It presents the rich cultural tradition of the Chicano, Mexican, Central and South American and Caribbean people. The center also contributes much for the growth and development of art by providing more than forty classes. Interested people are given knowledge about arts, craft, dance, music, printing etc. The center also houses a theater and a performing and visual arts studio.
Founded in 2003, Triple Base is an artist-run gallery. Exhibitions and events are organized by curatorial collectives, groups of local artists who share curatorial duties for six month periods. The gallery hosts ongoing exhibitions as well as live performances and community projects. With these events, the gallery provides a platform to emerging artists to showcase their creative talent and acknowledge their work. This haven with fascinating and awe-inspiring works of art is truly a delight for art lovers.
Galeria de la Raza is deep in the heart of the Mission and worth getting to. The walls are lined by works of multiple artists. See different mediums of local talent present their work in this down-home, yet sophisticated gallery. There are no prices on the work, but that will not deter those who appreciate unique products of the mind. Check out the Chicano/Latino drawing and works on paper, the documentary on jail-art, or beautiful black-and-white photos of the Latinos in and outside of the neighborhood. The gallery offers rental spaces too. Visit website for more information.
The Creative Growth Art Center is located amongst many of Oakland's other galleries in the Uptown neighborhood. However, Creative Growth is special in that it serves artists with disabilities, whether it be mental, physical or developmental. The gallery provides these artists with instruction, and more importantly a place to express themselves through art and a chance to have it displayed. Works produced here end up being exhibited in various places throughout the country.
Both, in their works of art and the events that they put up, Femina Potens is completely dedicated to showcasing women, trans, LGBT and kink artists. A very progressive art gallery, they contribute largely to the culture of San Francisco. Administered by a non-profit organization, the place has a great selection of work that keeps rotating periodically and the staff, which is warm and welcoming adds to the attraction. For anyone with an avid interest in contemporary art and different mediums of creativity, be sure to visit Femina Potens.
Previously located in downtown, the Museum of Craft and Design relocated to its current location in April 2013. An important cultural venue in the area, the museum celebrates the areas of contemporary craft and design, assembling under one roof an eclectic array of artifacts, exhibits, and educational resources for the general public as well as experts and aficionados. The museum plays an active public role by offering innovative community outreach programs.
With a name like Institute of Illegal Images, this place has drawn quite some attention in form of FBI raids and trails. Privately owned by Mark McCloud, the largest known LSD blotter art collection, this museum is on display in his Victorian home in the Mission District. Apart from the quirky, humorous and vast collection, McCloud also maintains a great selection of apothecary bottles and antiques. Definitely worth a visit!