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.