Museums San Francisco

Top SF Museum Exhibits for 2015 & 2016

Do you plan on visiting some museums during your stay in San Francisco? Here you will find a consolidated calendar of museums San Francisco exhibits.

The calendar includes traveling and temporary exhibits for the most visited SF Museums. It's broken out by month to make it easy to quickly see what is showing in each museum during your visit.

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Feel free to click on the links below to jump directly to the month you are visiting.

2015 & 2016 Museum Exhibits
April May June July
August September October November
December January February  

April 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Seduction: Japan's Floating World
    • February 20, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • Tradition on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection
    • August 19, 2014 - April 5, 2015
  • The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection
    • February 20, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th – 18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Cartoon Art Museum

  • Savage Dragon: The Art of Erik Larsen
    • February 7 - May 31, 2015
  • The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
    • February 21 - June 21, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Underwater Gardens: The Art of Aquascaping
    • November 13, 2014 - April 12, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • October 23, 2014 - July 30, 2015
  • Letters to Afar
    • February 26, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies
    • February 26, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane
    • January 1, 2015 - June 23, 2015
  • Bound to Be Held: A Book Show
    • March 26 - June 28, 2015
  • The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box
    • April 9 - May 17, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Celebrating the Spectrum: Highlights from the Anderson Collection
    • September 13, 2014 - April 5, 2015
  • Janet Delaney: South of Market
    • January 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
    • January 31, 2015 - July 5, 2015
  • Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
    • March 7, 2015 - May 31, 2015
  • Bouquets to Art
    • April 14, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • December 13, 2014 - August 30, 2015
  • High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
    • March 14, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Tapestries and Armor
    • December 13, 2014 - June 28, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California at the Oakland Museum of California
    • September 20, 2014 - April 12, 2015
  • Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described
    • March 28 - June 06, 2015
  • The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA
    • February 28 - May 16, 2015
  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • April 08 - June 22, 2015
  • Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
    • April 16 - June 14, 2015

Walt Disney Museum

  • All Aboard: A Celebration of Walt's Trains
    • November 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015
  • Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell
    • February 11 - June 29, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Lava Thomas: Beyond
    • December 03, 2014 - April 12, 2015
  • The Art of Elizabeth Catlett
    • January 16, 2015 - April 05, 2015

Top Activities in April

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Cherry Blossom
Festival
Easter
Activities
Full April
Calendar

May 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Seduction: Japan's Floating World
    • February 20, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection
    • February 20, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Cartoon Art Museum

  • Savage Dragon: The Art of Erik Larsen
    • February 7 - May 31, 2015
  • The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
    • February 21 - June 21, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • October 23, 2014 - July 30, 2015
  • Letters to Afar
    • February 26, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies
    • February 26, 2015 - May 24, 2015
  • Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane
    • January 1, 2015 - June 23, 2015
  • Bound to Be Held: A Book Show
    • March 26 - June 28, 2015
  • The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box
    • April 9 - May 17, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Janet Delaney: South of Market
    • January 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
    • January 31, 2015 - July 5, 2015
  • Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland
    • March 7, 2015 - May 31, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • December 13, 2014 - August 30, 2015
  • High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
    • March 14, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Tapestries and Armor
    • December 13, 2014 - June 28, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA at Museum of the African Diaspora
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described
    • March 28 - June 06, 2015
  • The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA
    • February 28 - May 16, 2015
  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • April 08 - June 22, 2015
  • Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
    • April 16 - June 14, 2015

Walt Disney Museum

  • Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell
    • February 11 - June 29, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Top Activities in May

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Mother's
Day Events
Memorial Day
Weekend Events
May 2015
Events Calendar

June 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • 28 Chinese
    • Jun 5 - August 16, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Cartoon Art Museum

  • The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
    • February 21 - June 21, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Janet Delaney: South of Market
    • January 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
    • January 31, 2015 - July 5, 2015
  • J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
    • June 20, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • October 23, 2014 - July 30, 2015
  • Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane
    • January 1, 2015 - June 23, 2015
  • Bound to Be Held: A Book Show
    • March 26 - June 28, 2015
  • Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty
    • Jun 18 - Sep 20, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • December 13, 2014 - August 30, 2015
  • High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
    • March 14, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Tapestries and Armor
    • December 13, 2014 - June 28, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA at Museum of the African Diaspora
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described
    • March 28 - June 06, 2015
  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • April 08 - June 22, 2015
  • Photography in Mexico from the Collection of SFMOMA
    • April 16 - June 14, 2015
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Walt Disney Museum

  • Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell
    • February 11 - June 29, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Top Activities in June

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Pinot Days
Wine Festival
North Beach
Festival
All June
2015 Events

July 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • 28 Chinese
    • Jun 5 - August 16, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Janet Delaney: South of Market
    • January 17, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture
    • January 31, 2015 - July 5, 2015
  • J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
    • June 20, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • October 23, 2014 - July 30, 2015
  • Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty
    • Jun 18 - Sep 20, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection
    • March 14, 2015 - July 19, 2015
  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • December 13, 2014 - August 30, 2015
  • Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1770 - 1870
    • July 18, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA at Museum of the African Diaspora
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Top Activities in July

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Fourth of
July Activities

Fillmore
Jazz Festival

All July
2015 Events

August 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • 28 Chinese
    • Jun 5 - August 16, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty
    • Jun 18 - Sep 20, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
    • June 20, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • December 13, 2014 - August 30, 2015
  • Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1770 - 1870
    • July 18, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA at Museum of the African Diaspora
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Top Activities in August

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Outside Lands
Music Festival

Free Museum
Days

All August
2015 Events

September 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian
    • September 4 - October 11, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
    • June 20, 2015 - September 20, 2015

Legion of Honor

  • Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1770 - 1870
    • July 18, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Night Begins the Day: Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty
    • Jun 18 - Sep 20, 2015

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) - Closed for renovations, but has several On the Go Exhibits

  • Represent! Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA at Museum of the African Diaspora
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015

Top Activities in September

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Labor Day
Weekend

Ghirardelli
Chocolate Festival

All September
2015 Events

October 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian
    • September 4 - October 11, 2015
  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Stranded! Tropical Island Survival
    • May 8, 2015 - October 18, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
    • October 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1770 - 1870
    • July 18, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Top Activities in October

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Fleet Week
2015

Halloween
Activities & Events

All October
2015 Events

November 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Woven Luxuries: Indian, Persian, and Turkish textiles from the Indictor Collection
    • March 13, 2015 - November 1, 2015
  • Exquisite Nature: 20 Masterpieces of Chinese Painting (14th–18th c.)
    • March 2 - November 1, 2015
  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
    • October 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1770 - 1870
    • July 18, 2015 - November 22, 2015

Top Activities in November

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Thanksgiving
Weekend

Holiday & Tree
Lighting Events

All November
2015 Events

December 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22 - December 6, 2015
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
    • October 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Top Activities in December

tree lighting fourth nutcracker
Christmas
Activities

NYE Events
in SF

All December
2015 Events

January 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • Jewel City: Art from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
    • October 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016
  • Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville
    • September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016

February 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i
    • August 29, 2015 - February 28, 2016
  • Oscar de la Renta
    • February 27, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
    • February 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016

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