Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor information

San Francisco , USA
Address
Street 100 34th Ave
Telephone
+1 415 750 3600
Getting there
bus 1, 18, 38
More information
http://legionofhonor.famsf.org
Prices
adult/child $10/6, discount with Muni ticket $2, 1st Tue of month free
Opening hours
9:30am-5:15pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

A museum as eccentric and illuminating as San Francisco itself, the Legion showcases a wildly eclectic collection ranging from Monet water lilies to John Cage soundscapes, ancient Iraqi ivories to R Crumb comics. Upstairs are blockbuster shows of Surrealists and Impressionists, but don't miss exhibits from the Legion's Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, which range from Rembrandt to Ed Ruscha.

A marble-clad replica of Paris' Légion d'Honneur, the Legion is a monumental tribute to Californians killed in France in WWI. It was built by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, a larger-than-life sculptor's model who donated her fortune to gift this museum to San Francisco. The centerpiece of 'Big Alma's' legacy is Rodin's The Kiss – but at 4pm on weekends, pipe organ recitals steal the show in the Rodin gallery.