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Museums San Francisco

Top SF Museum Exhibits for 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.

2016 Museum Exhibits
February March April May
June July August  

February 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016
  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Elephants Without Number
    • November 24, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Prototyping
    • November 13, 2015 - April 10, 2016
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
    • February 26 - May 8, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific
    • November 12, 2015 - April 10, 2016

California Historical Society

  • Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
    • January 21, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 2016
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • January 28 - June 26, 2016
  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 2016
  • Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
    • February 11 - May 29, 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
  • Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden
    • July 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016
  • Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell's Elegies in Bay Area Collections
    • September 5, 2015 - March 6, 2016
  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
    • February 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016
  • Sublime Beauty: Raphael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn"
    • January 9, 2016 - April 10, 2016
  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016
  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • Through March 13, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

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

  • Alison Saar
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Ghosts/Ships
    • January 27, 2016 - April 03, 2016
  • Finding the I in Diaspora
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Who Among Us
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016

March 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Elephants Without Number
    • November 24, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
    • February 26 - May 8, 2016
  • Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016
  • China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016
  • Prototyping
    • November 13, 2015 - April 10, 2016

California Historical Society

  • Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
    • January 21, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • January 28 - June 26, 2016
  • Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
    • February 11 - May 29, 2016
  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific
    • November 12, 2015 - April 10, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell's Elegies in Bay Area Collections
    • September 5, 2015 - March 6, 2016
  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
    • March 12, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
    • February 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016
  • Sublime Beauty: Raphael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn"
    • January 9, 2016 - April 10, 2016
  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016
  • A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain
    • Through March 13, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

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

  • Alison Saar
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Ghosts/Ships
    • January 27, 2016 - April 03, 2016
  • Finding the I in Diaspora
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Who Among Us
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016

April 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Elephants Without Number
    • November 24, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
    • February 26 - May 8, 2016
  • Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016
  • China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016
  • Prototyping
    • November 13, 2015 - April 10, 2016

California Historical Society

  • Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
    • January 21, 2016 - May 8, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific
    • November 12, 2015 - April 10, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • January 28 - June 26, 2016
  • Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
    • February 11 - May 29, 2016
  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Bouquets to Art
    • April 5, 2016 - April 10, 2016
  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective
    • March 12, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
    • February 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016
  • Sublime Beauty: Raphael's "Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn"
    • January 9, 2016 - April 10, 2016
  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

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

  • Alison Saar
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Ghosts/Ships
    • January 27, 2016 - April 03, 2016
  • Finding the I in Diaspora
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016
  • Who Among Us
    • November 11, 2015 - April 03, 2016

May 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Elephants Without Number
    • November 24, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
    • February 26 - May 8, 2016
  • Hidden Gold: Mining its Meaning in Asian Art
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016
  • China at the Center: Rare Ricci and Verbiest World Maps
    • March 4 - May 8, 2016

California Historical Society

  • Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971
    • January 21, 2016 - May 8, 2016
  • The People of Klamath Contemporary Tintype Photographs of Ed Drew
    • May 2016 - September 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • January 28 - June 26, 2016
  • Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
    • February 11 - May 29, 2016
  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Oscar de la Renta
    • February 27, 2016 - May 30, 2016
  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia
    • February 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016
  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

June 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Elephants Without Number
    • November 24, 2015 - Jun 26, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
    • June 17 - September 18, 2016

California Historical Society

  • The People of Klamath Contemporary Tintype Photographs of Ed Drew
    • May 2016 - September 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • January 28 - June 26, 2016
  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016
  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
    • July 16, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016
  • Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier
    • June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

July 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - July 31, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - July 17, 2016
  • Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
    • June 17 - September 18, 2016

California Historical Society

  • The People of Klamath Contemporary Tintype Photographs of Ed Drew
    • May 2016 - September 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016
  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Printed Stories
    • January 16, 2016 - July 10, 2016
  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
    • July 16, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • The World in a Book: “The Nuremberg Chronicle” and the Art of German Renaissance Illustration
    • January 9, 2016 - July 3, 2016
  • Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier
    • June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016

August 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Extracted
    • November 6, 2015 - August 14, 2016
  • Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
    • June 17 - September 18, 2016

California Historical Society

  • The People of Klamath Contemporary Tintype Photographs of Ed Drew
    • May 2016 - September 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Bruce Davidson: Gifts to the Collection
    • February 27, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
    • July 16, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Legion of Honor

  • Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier
    • June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016

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