781 Beach Street | 415-292-0387 | Website
Visit this Beach Street gallery to peruse the rotating collection of some of the biggest names in art history such as Dr. Seuss, Dali, Chagall, Manet, Whistler, and Miro. The world-class art can be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere as you wander through this mid-sized space.
223 Jefferson Street | 415-908-1007 | Website
Eden Fine Art is a major international art representative and sponsor, specializing in the publishing, marketing and distribution of artworks, sculptures and photographs from select leading international artists. Since its inception in 1998, Owner Cathia Klimovsky has launched five galleries including the exclusive and modern flagship gallery in Manhattan on Madison Avenue. Eden galleries feature a modern, dynamic, open space, which allows its artists and visitors the full and unique experience of the art collection.
765 Beach Street | 800-926-9535 | Website
Franklin Bowles Galleries was established almost 30 years ago in San Francisco, near historic Ghirardelli Square. Our New York Gallery is located in the SOHO district. Since this time, we have assisted our clients in building valuable collections of fine art. Franklin Bowles Galleries represents a diverse group of artists from Old Master greats like Rembrandt to Modern Masters such as Picasso and Chagall. We also represent many important, internationally collected American and European Contemporary artists such as Claude Lazar, Larry Horowitz, Eduardo Arranz-Bravo and Pierre-Marie Brisson. Our emphasis on fine art has also attracted some of the most experienced and knowledgeable Art Consultants and gallery staff in the art world today.
213 Jefferson St. | 415-632-1036 | Visit their website
ZK Gallery represents the vibrant San Francisco contemporary art scene. Founded in 2014, our gallery is committed to representing emerging, mid-career and established international artists who work in a variety of media. We offer a complete range of services for lifelong collectors or first time buyers which include complimentary in-home consultation and worldwide shipping. With our exceptional customer service and unique offerings we continue to create lifelong relationships with clients from around the globe.
MUSEUMS & CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
Aquarium of the Bay
PIER 39, Building R | 415-623-5300 or 888-732-3483 | Website
Explore the magic, beauty and wonder of San Francisco Bay at Aquarium of the Bay. Located at the water’s edge, 20,000 local sea creatures await you. Your visit will take you through three main exhibit areas that display the amazing riches that lie beneath the surface of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.
See eye-to-eye with a Sevengill shark, be mesmerized by moon jellies, and touch a bat ray’s wing. Walk through crystal clear tunnels and watch San Francisco Bay’s most amazing animals swim overhead. Connect to San Francisco Bay through daily naturalist-led animal feedings and interactions, hands-on science experiments, sustainable seafood discussions and more. Enjoy viewing Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from our outdoor decks. Aquarium of the Bay is open 364 days a year.
Daily special events include animal feedings, naturalist presentations and behind-the-scenes tours. Admission is $22 for adults, $13 for seniors (65+) and children (3-11). Children under 3 are free. Families save with the Family Pack, priced at just $64 for two adults and two children. Upgrade your general admission ticket to an exciting Behind the Scenes Tour for an additional $10 for members and $12 for non-members.
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BOUDIN AT THE WHARF
160 Jefferson St. | 415-351-5561 | Website
Home of the Boudin mother dough—flagship of the brand. This beautiful building is the place to see the bakers at work, dine with a view or in a casual cafe, and learn the full story of our famous sourdough bread and the city that made it possible. Watch the bakers busy at work crafting batches of bread by hand through the 30-foot observation window. Have a question? Ask it directly to our bakers through a two-way intercom system. They are sure to have an answer. The Museum and Bakery Tour invites you to witness history in the baking. It features the story of the emigrants to San Francisco and the characters and unique foods that have made San Francisco the remarkable confluence of cultures that it is today while also describing the art and science that go into the making of a loaf of The Original San Francisco Sourdough™. A 40-foot long catwalk inside the museum gives you an aerial view into the bakery.
CARTOON ART MUSEUM
781 Beach St. | Phone number 415-227-8666 | Website
The Cartoon Art Museum is a California art museum that specializes in the art of comics and cartoons. It is the only museum in the Western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of all forms of cartoon art. Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone — from comic strips, comic books and anime to political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comix. The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal.
Historic Pier 45
Pier 45 | 415-441-6872 | Website
SS Jeremiah O’Brien
Pier 45 | 415-441-6872 | Website
The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two remaining fully functional Liberty ships of the 2,710 built and launched during World War II. The O'Brien has the distinction of being the last unaltered Liberty ship and remains historically accurate. Moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, she is a premier San Francisco attraction. A living museum on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark, the O'Brien transports you back almost seven decades to when sailors braved the harshest of high seas and threat of enemy attack.
Pier 45 | 415-561-6662 | Website
The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a meticulously restored World War II diesel-electric powered submarine. Located at Historic Pier 45, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, Pampanito is both a museum and a memorial to those who served in the "silent service." Built in 1943, Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during which she sank six enemy ships and damaged four others. Open daily to the public, offering self-guided audio tours and (by prior arrangement) docent-led tours
Hyde Street Pier
Corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets | 415-447-5000 | Website
Located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, Hyde Street Pier is home to the fleet of historic landmark vessels in the collection of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, which is a unit of the National Park System. For a modest admission fee, visitors can board this fleet of turn-of-century historic ships. The Park offers educational, music and craft programs for all ages, and provides unique opportunities for learning more about our nation's maritime heritage. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, waysides, videos and Ranger-led tours. Access to Hyde Street Pier itself is free, offering breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
145 Jefferson Street | 866-223-4240 | Website
Fisherman's Wharf's newest attraction! Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds from London! No ropes or barriers – get close to your favorite stars! Photograph and mingle with A-Listers, challenge your sports heroes, hop on stage with your favorite pop stars and get up close with a range of fun, interactive experiences with the world's best known personalities. So who do you want to meet? See websitefor current hours of operation.
900 Beach Street | 415-447-5000 | Website
Across the street from Ghirardelli Square, in the beautiful setting of Aquatic Park, the historic Maritime Museum building looks out over San Francisco Bay, with sweeping views from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. Built in 1938 as a WPA economic recovery project, the museum building is a marvelous example of Art Deco style, and includes fanciful mural paintings and unique architectural motifs. The museum houses some of the Park's thousands of nautical artifacts, models and exhibits. It also serves as a stunning venue for outside events: weddings, meetings and gala celebrations. Cross Streets: Beach and Polk Hours of Operation: Open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Pier 45 | 415-346-2000 | Free Admission
Amusing America is the story of participatory commercial amusements in American cities - San Francisco in particular - and how they changed American life. This free attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf invites residents and visitors to take a roller coaster ride into history. From the Gilded Age of the 1800’s and ’90s to World War II new entertainment like world’s fairs, amusement parks, Ferris wheels, dance pavilions, arcades and swimming baths changed the way Americans lived. The Musée Mécanique is one of the world’s largest privately-owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines, featuring everything from turn of the century hand-cranked music boxes to modern video arcade games. Hours: 10am-7pm weekdays and 'till 8pm on weekends.
Maritime Historic Park Visitor Center
499 Jefferson Street | 415-447-5000 | Website
The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park Visitor Center, housed in its 1908 historic brick cannery warehouse at the corner of Jefferson and Hyde Streets (also home to the Argonaut Hotel), is filled with interesting maritime interpretative material and unusual maritime artifacts. It includes "A Walk Along the Waterfront," a museum-quality walk-through exhibit that takes you on a stroll through San Francisco's historic waterfront, from the days of the original native tribes to the early 20th century period of industrialization. Cross Streets: Jefferson and Hyde. Hours of Operation: open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
175 Jefferson Street | 415-771-6188 | Website
Experience the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable! See in person the incredible “Believe It or Nots” you’ve read about and seen on television. With more than 70 new interactive and hands-on exhibits, San Francisco’s Believe It or Not! is the most interactive Odditorium in the world! It is home to more than 400 exhibits, 80% of which are new, in 18 themed galleries, with a new emphasis on the Bay Area. Get lost in the Mirror Maze, with more than 200 mirrors spread across nearly 2,000 square feet.
San Francisco Dungeon
145 Jefferson Street | 855-753-9999 | Website
The San Francisco Dungeon brings old San Francisco to life with a theatrical cast, special effects, gripping storytelling and an underground boat ride. The San Francisco Dungeon is NOT your usual visitor attraction. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary. The San Francisco Dungeon provides an exciting mix of 9 live actor shows, 200 years of history and 360° sets. It’s 60 minutes through 200 years of San Francisco’s authentic past. You and your companions walk through the Dungeon, moving from show to show, guided by our professional actors. The shows are based on real San Francisco history and legends (minus the boring parts!). You’ll get up close and personal with sinister characters including Miss Piggott, the Wild West saloon owner, and the infamous crimper, Shanghai Kelly. Our unique take on history has made us one of Europe's best-loved visitor attractions. San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is the perfect venue; filled with history, intrigue and colorful characters. See website for current hours of operation.
10 languages. 24 hour/48 hour tickets are available. Big Bus Tours also offers Walking Tours, a Panoramic Night Tour and a Sausalito Tour.