San Francisco Bay Area - Art Museums


 
Directory of Art Museums in the San Francisco Bay Area Northern California
 

Asian Art Museum - The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its holdings include nearly 15,000 treasures spanning 6,000 years of history, representing cultures throughout Asia. The museum's mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture.

California Palace Of The Legion Of Honor - Set on a headland where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay, the Legion of Honor is one of the most beautiful museums in the country. Visitors to the Legion enjoy the grandeur of its neoclassical architecture, unforgettable views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge, and 4,000 years of ancient and European art.

Cartoon Art Museum - In 1984, a group of cartoon art enthusiasts began organizing exhibitions by using art work from their own collections. For several years, the Cartoon Art Museum was a "museum without walls", setting up shows in local museums and corporate spaces. In 1987, with an endowment from Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz, the museum established residence in the heart of San Francisco's new vibrant art center, Yerba Buena Gardens.

Contemporary Jewish Museum - Since its founding in 1984, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, housed here at the Jewish Community Federation, has presented more then 80 exhibitions and hundreds of programs exploring the Jewish spirit and imagination. As early as 1990, The Contemporary Jewish Museum recognized the urgency for a more expansive facility to meet the needs and interests of the communities we serve. And we could not have hoped for a better building opportunity, both physically and conceptually, than when the city of San Francisco agreed to allow The Contemporary Jewish Museum to develop the historic Jessie Street Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by Willis Polk.

Mexican Museum - The soul and spirit of the arts and cultures of Mexico and the Americas are fundamentally linked. Through its programs, The Mexican Museum voices the complexity and richness of Latino art throughout the Americas, encouraging dialogue among the broadest public

Museum of Craft and Folk Art - The Museum of Craft & Folk Art (formerly the San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum) moved to the Fort Mason Center in early 1987, just four years after its opening exhibition at the original site on Balboa Street. Soon the Museum was put on the map with an exhibition of quilts by East Bay residents entitled Improvisations in African American Quiltmaking, a dazzling display focusing on the connection between the visual arts and the creative improvisation that characterized early jazz and found its source in Africa. The quilt exhibition traveled to thirty museums in twenty states and showed countless audiences how folk art carries deep cultural roots across the oceans and the centuries.

Pacific Heritage Museum - The Pacific Heritage Museum of San Francisco was established in 1984 by the Bank of Canton of California as a public service for the citizens and visitors of San Francisco. Featuring nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum displays, on a rotating basis, exhibits highlighting the artistic, cultural, and economic history of the Pacific Rim.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -
Welcome to SFMOMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We have developed a Web site that we hope you will find easy to use, informative, and beautiful.

As one of the world's most innovative museums of modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA has had an active Web presence for over nine years (a very long time, when measured in Internet time). During this period we have redesigned our site twice, always with the idea that a museum such as ours should continually strive to improve the ways in which it serves a diverse public. And, as our collective understanding of emerging digital technologies has increased, we felt that perhaps it was time to use the Web to explore our understanding of the museum itself.
 

Yerba Buena Center For The Arts - Welcome and thank you for visiting Yerba Buena Center for the Arts online. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opened ten years ago with much fanfare and expectation. Our promise then: that the Center would include, respect and celebrate the people and ideas that energize our myriad communities; that we would present exciting local artists in context with their national and international peers; and that we would provide the Bay Area with an eclectic and wide-ranging slate of exciting exhibitions, performances, films and educational programs.
 

Art Museum Of Los Gatos - In the spring of 1949 Florence Blakeslee, first Palette Editor, organized the Allied Arts Exhibit and out of this exhibit came many of the first 25 charter members of the Los Gatos Art Association. Fifteen women and ten men put in place many of the nuts and bolts that still exist in our club today. They include our By-Laws, The Palette, our slate of officers, incorporation and our History Book. In addition they instituted a spring and fall art show. They reached out to the young people with art workshops and opportunities to show their work.

By 1954 we had 200 members in the Los Gatos Art Association and were a moving force in Los Gatos, a community of 25,000. Because of our standing in the community we have 20 years of newspaper articles that chronicle our beginnings. We will begin displaying our early history, in our new display case, at our monthly meetings beginning in November 2003.
 

Copia - The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts is a cultural museum and educational center dedicated to exploring the distinctively American contribution to the character of wine and food in close association with the arts and humanities, and to celebrating these as a unique expression of the vitality of American life, culture and heritage.

COPIA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization named for the
Goddess of Abundance.

De Saisset Museum - The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay Area’s free Museum of art and history. The 19,210 square foot facility was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asís on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is currently one of only two Museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums. Operated by Santa Clara University, the de Saisset Museum is member-supported and privately funded.

The de Saisset Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets objects of art and history for the educational and cultural enrichment of all people. The Museum achieves its mission through an active program of exhibitions, collections, education programs and publications. As an important resource for Santa Clara University, the de Saisset actively collaborates with the larger University community, in order to foster the integration of diverse forms of learning and the Jesuit ideals of reasoned and rigorous inquiry.

Hearst Museum of Anthropology - Welcome to the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Phoebe A. Hearst's original vision for the museum was "as a great educator" dedicated to "the dissemination of knowledge among the many" and to "giving the people of California every educational advantage". After more than a century of service, we continue to be guided by that vision.

Our exhibition program is designed to reveal the Hidden Treasures of the Hearst Museum and our public programs are dedicated to Diversity-Cultural Arts-Antiquities. The museum continues to maintain its strong commitment to our vast and varied collections (estimated at 3.8 million objects from all corners of the globe and only a fraction of which can be on display at any one time in our museum gallery). The collections are also in continuous use in support of faculty teaching and research as an integral part of the university's mission.
 

Iris & B. Gerald Canton Center For Visual Arts - An unprecedented revival of the arts at Stanford took place in January 1999. Ten years after its closure by earthquake damage, the museum at Stanford, splendidly renovated and expanded, reopened as part of a new visual arts complex, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. With strengthened collections on view in 27 galleries, special exhibitions, and stimulating educational programs and events, the Center is a cultural hub of the Peninsula, and an enriching resource for the university's teaching program. We invite you to learn about what the Center offers and to visit us often.

Judah I. Magnes Museum - Berkeley Ca. - Founded in 1962, The Judah L. Magnes Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art and artifacts reflecting the diversity and complexity of the Jewish experience throughout history. We promote understanding by fostering dialogue and exploring links between Jewish and other cultures.

Museum Of Contemporary Art - Santa Rosa California
The Museum of Contemporary Art was originally developed as a volunteer-run gallery in 1981. Under the directorship of Gay Dawson since 1993, it has become a full-fledged museum dedicated solely to contemporary art. MOCA is today the focal point and forum for contemporary art in Sonoma County. Its vision is to become the leading California presenter of contemporary art north of San Francisco, by exhibiting provocative and significant contemporary work by local, regional, national and international artists. The Museum has four indoor galleries and four outdoor sculpture venues and offers ten to twelve shows each year.

Oakland Museum Of California - The Oakland Museum of California, opened in 1969, is one of the most architecturally interesting museums in the country, a graceful, three-tiered blend of spacious galleries, terraces, patios, sculpture gardens and ponds.

Comprehensive permanent exhibits on three floors portray California's natural wonders, events, eras and people who have shaped the state, and the art that Californians have produced since artist-explorers first ventured into the Yosemite Valley.

Galleries, special exhibitions, tours, educational programs and public festivals celebrate the state's far-reaching diversity. Visitors enjoy the Museum Cafe and Museum Store, with many California titles as well as gifts, children's books and educational toys, and decorative items.  It's easy to get to the museum from any place in the Bay Area, including the Oakland International Airport.

Peninsula Museum Of Art - To promote awareness of the creative arts to enhance the quality of life for the citizens and visitors of Belmont.

San Jose Institute Of Contemporary Art - The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to engage Bay Area audiences through innovative visual art exhibitions and educational programs. The ICA reflects and interprets the cultural and technical diversity of the region and helps us see the lives we are living through the art of our time. The exhibitions and programs are designed to build community-to make a space where people of all backgrounds and ages may explore challenging contemporary art and ideas in an engaging and lively atmosphere.

The ICA presents forward-looking, thought-provoking, and exciting contemporary art by emerging and established Bay Area artists. The ICA's mission is to promote greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art and its capacity to stimulate our imaginations and illuminate our lives, relationships, and communities.

San Jose Museum Of Art - SJMA is the leading institution dedicated to visual culture in Silicon Valley. It is a community anchor, ensuring artistic excellence and access for an extraordinarily diverse populace. It is a contemporary art center whose acclaimed exhibitions have ranged across modern masterworks to the newest frontiers of art. It is a cultural crossroads, more than doubling its attendance since instituting a free admission policy. It is the largest visual arts education provider in Santa Clara County. It is a source of inspiration, contemplation, and delight for a fast-moving community. It is a Museum of the future.

We invite you to learn more about SJMA in this area of the web site. Read our mission statement and annual report information, meet our director, staff, and board of trustees, check out recent Museum publicity, and learn about the Museum's history. Finally, we invite you to use the "contact us" page to send us your comments and questions.

Admission to the San Jose Museum of Art is free to everyone, every day!

San Jose Museum of Quilts And Textiles - The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is to promote the art, craft and history of quilts and textiles.

Textile art transcends cultural, ethnic and age boundaries and encompasses traditional as well as contemporary forms. The Museum’s exhibits and programs promote the appreciation of quilts and textiles as art and provide an understanding of their role in the lives of their makers, in cultural traditions, and as historical documents.

Sonoma Valley Museum Of Art - A rare look at the creative process of a major artist, featuring two- and three-dimensional studies that inspired famous sculptures such as "The Thinker," "The Kiss," and "The Gates of Hell."

Includes small bronze castings, marble carvings, and drawings on loan from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Triton Museum Of Art - The Triton Museum of Art was founded by rancher, lawyer and art patron W. Robert Morgan in San Jose, California in 1965. Less than two years after its opening, the Triton Museum moved to its current location within the City of Santa Clara. Exhibitions and programs were held in four pavilions surrounded by a seven-acre park. Due to the tremendous economic and population growth of the Santa Clara Valley during the 1970s, a new facility was built to serve the changing needs of the community. Construction for the current facility was completed in October, 1987. The 22,000 square-foot space features high ceilings, pyramidal skylights and dramatic lighting. The spacious design of the building was created for versatile exhibition presentation as well as an aesthetically pleasing experience for museum visitors.

UC Berkeley Art Museum - BAM/PFA offers a host of academic resources to UC Berkeley faculty and students, including guided tours and self-guided group visits of special exhibitions and the collection galleries; research materials at the PFA Library and Film Study Center and online; viewing access to works in the art and film/video collections; curriculum-related displays; and a limited number of internship and volunteer opportunities.
 


 

 

 

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