Maritime Museum

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San Francisco , USA
900 Beach St
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Bus: 19, 30, 47
Tram: Powell-Hyde
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A monumental hint to sailors in need of a scrub, this restored, ship-shape 1939 streamline moderne landmark is decked out with Works Progress Administration (WPA) art treasures: playful seal and frog sculptures by Beniamino Bufano, Hilaire Hiler's surreal underwater dreamscape murals and recently uncovered wood reliefs by Richard Ayer. Acclaimed African American artist Sargent Johnson created the stunning carved green slate marquee doorway and the verandah's mesmerizing aquatic mosaics.

Johnson deliberately left unfinished the mosaics on the east side to protest plans to include a private restaurant in this public facility. Johnson won: the east wing is now a maritime museum office.