de Young Museum

Top choice museum in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

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Follow sculptor Andy Goldsworthy's artificial fault line in the sidewalk into Herzog & de Meuron's sleek, copper-clad building that's oxidizing green to blend into the park. Don't be fooled by the camouflaged exterior: shows here boldly broaden artistic horizons, from Oceanic ceremonial masks and trippy-hippie handmade fashion to James Turrell's domed Skyspace installation, built into a hill in the sculpture garden. Ticket includes free same-day entry to the Legion of Honor; $2 discount with Muni, BART or Caltrain ticket.