Get your art on! The Colma Historical Association museum in Colma is home to many wonderful pieces of art.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This museum also has a fabulous restaurant.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join in the fun at this museum.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest
wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This century-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.
The Conservatory houses four main galleries. In the aquatic plants gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled highland gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy lowland gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The potted plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Around the fragrant stillness of these halls, the Conservatory hosts special events such as gardening workshops.
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The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association welcomes boating enthusiasts and history buffs alike to board antique ships—including a 1930s sloop yacht, an 1890 steamboat, and a nineteenth-century wooden-hulled scow schooner—docked at piers in and around the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The association even lays claim to a pristine World War II submarine, the USS Pampanito, which sees more than 110,000 visitors every year and boasts National Historic Landmark status for its world-class example of maritime preservation. They've even restored and repaired the equipment inside to full operation for an immersive and realistic experience. Another huge draw is the Balclutha, a moored 1886 square-rigged tall ship with three massive masts.
The land-locked Maritime Museum, housed inside a WPA-built structure designed to look like an ocean liner, keeps the seafaring fun going with hands-on activities and exhibits that explore the city's nautical past. In addition to answering questions and helming educational programs, staff members also recruit volunteers to pitch in aboard and around the old ships, where they can learn firsthand how to care for museum pieces, practice public speaking skills, and memorize nautical terms that will help make their stories of pirate heritage way more believable.
No matter how many times his fans request it, Elton John is not going to play "Tiny Dancer." Not this Elton, at least. Thanks to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, the singer-songwriter remains frozen in a perpetual state of warm-up, which grants visitors a rather unique opportunity: a chance to step up to his piano and snap a photo.
At Madame Tussauds' brand-new San Francisco location, there are no ropes. No barriers. No wax bodyguards. Visitors get up close and personal with famous musicians and Hollywood A-listers from past and present, finally making it possible to cast George Clooney and Marilyn Monroe in the same silent, motionless film. Historical figures from the Dalai Lama to President Barack Obama also make appearances, as do some of the biggest names in sports.
Madame Tussauds features local icons including Steve Jobs, Harvey Milk, and Jerry Garcia inside the San Francisco section, which visitors enter beneath a re-creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. The attraction is itself a piece of history, as shown in a behind-the-scenes video that profiles the process for creating new wax figures and the history of Madame Tussaud herself, who began practicing her art in 1770s Paris.
Behind the Scenes at Madame Tussauds
An expert pulls back the velvet curtain on the world of wax figures, from celebrity encounters to lipstick smudges on Justin Bieber.
Artist Peter Rodriguez founded The Mexican Museum in 1975 to celebrate art created by
Mexican and Mexican-American artists. But since then, the museum's scope has expanded and now includes the aesthetic expressions of
Mexicans, Chicanos, and Latinos. According to the staff, no other museum in the U.S. houses as large a permanent collection from these groups.
Size: the museum keeps over 15,000 art objects divided into five areas: Pre-Hispanic Art, Colonial Art, Popular Art, Mexican and Latin American Art, and Mexican American, Chicano and Latino Contemporary Art
Permanent Collection: an active exhibition program showcases a permanent collection that includes ancient culture, contemporary art, and more
Don't Miss: Dialogos Gráficos a celebration of Mexico's printmaking traditions from the early 1900s through today, focusing on the contributions of José Guadalupe Posada and the artist's print collective Taller de Gráfica Popular
Past Exhibit: the Tequila Don Julio Collection celebrated 17 contemporary artists, including three from the Bay Area: Viva Paredes, Caleb Duarte, and Julio César Morales
Family Time: the museum hosts periodic Free Family Sundays, where kids and their families craft their own masterpieces in workshops led by local artists
Take Something Home: the museum shop La Tienda displays crafts from the countries represented in the museum
Pro Tip: groups can arrange for a docent to lead a complimentary tour of the museum, allowing them to delve deeper into its art and