Museum of Craft & Design

The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Elephants created from sewn-together maps, benches made from repurposed shovel handles, factory-floor scenes recreated entirely in duct tape: one-off original works not meant for mass production reignite wonder at the Museum of Craft & Design. Check the online schedule for hands-on workshops where accomplished artisans lead projects related to museum shows, from upcycled book furnishings to block-printed tea towels.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill attractions

1. Eleanor Harwood Gallery


A curiosity cupboard of major Bay Area talents. Works showcased here are entrancing and meticulous – past shows have featured Dana Hemenway's dazzling…

2. Anglim Gilbert Gallery


The Bay Area hits the big time here, with gallery director Ed Gilbert continuing Anglim's 30-year legacy of launching art movements, from Beat assemblage…

3. Casemore Kirkeby


Ever since gold-rush miners captured their newfound wealth with ferrotype portraits, San Francisco has staked claims to artistic fame with photography –…

4. California College of the Arts

1.04 MILES

A generous endowment and whip-smart curators allow the Wattis Institute to take on ambitious, sweeping shows – for example, an exhibition reimagining…

5. 24th & York Mini Park

1.15 MILES

Take a ride on dazzling mosaic serpent-god Quetzalcoatl, who raises his fierce head from the rubberized ground of this pioneering pocket park…

6. Hosfelt Gallery

1.16 MILES

Trancelike states are often induced by Hosfelt, where visitors step from gritty sidewalks into dreamy, finely detailed interior worlds. Close inspection…

7. Catharine Clark Gallery

1.19 MILES

Art revolutions are instigated at Catharine Clark, a showcase for such gorgeous provocations as Masami Teraoka's paintings of superheroine geishas and…

8. Jack Fischer Gallery

1.22 MILES

Strange fascination is showcased at Jack Fischer Gallery – for example, sketches made by Agelio Batle's graphite skeleton as it jitters across a lab table…