The fine art of San Francisco includes museums and galleries that show paintings and sculpture as well as cutting-edge installation art.
Asian Art Museum (668-7855, Tea Garden Dr. and Ninth Ave., W-Sun 10 AM-5 PM) contains the largest collection of Asian art outside the continent.
The California Academy of Sciences (750-7145, Golden Gate Park, daily 10 AM-5 PM) houses both the Morrison Planetarium and the Steinhart Aquarium.
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (863-3330, same location, hours as Asian Art Museum) features an extensive collection of American work from Colonial times to the present.
Mexican Museum (441-0404, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St., W-Sun noon-5 PM. Founded in 1975 as the first U.S. museum dedicated to the works of Mexican artists.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (252-4000, Van Ness Ave. and McAllister St., Tues-F 10 AM-5 PM, weekends 11 AM-5 PM) has an extensive permanent collection of 20th-century art.
Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens (978-ARTS , 701 Mission St., at 3rd St., Tues-Sun 11 AM-6 PM). This $44- million cultural complex houses three art galleries.