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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
August September October November
December January February March

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
  • Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit
    • April 16, 2015 - December 13, 2015
  • Picturing Sound, Creating Mood
    • March 23 - November 22, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collections
    • August 6, 2015 - August 31, 2015
  • The Illuminated Palace , by Kevin Cain
    • July 2, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Cartoon Art Museum

  • The Bronze Armory Showcase
    • May 1, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • Darth Vader and Friends
    • Through September 12, 2015
  • Small Press Spotlight on Geoff Vasile
    • April 11, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
    • February 21 - September 12, 2015
  • SAVAGE DRAGON: The Art of ERIK LARSEN
    • Through September 12, 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
  • Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • You Know I'm No Good
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016

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
  • Portals of the Past: The Photographs of Willard Worden
    • July 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016
  • Richard Diebenkorn Prints: Celebrating an Acquisition
    • Through October 4, 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
  • Larry Rivers and Frank O’Hara: Stones
    • Through August 2, 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
  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • July 11 - October 18, 2015

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision For Today
    • July 22 - December 7, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Finding the I in Diaspora: From the MoAD Archives
    • Apr 29, 2014 - Oct 11, 2015

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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
  • Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit
    • April 16, 2015 - December 13, 2015
  • First Look: Collecting Contemporary at the Asian
    • September 4 - October 11, 2015
  • Picturing Sound, Creating Mood
    • March 23 - November 22, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Cartoon Art Museum

  • The Bronze Armory Showcase
    • May 1, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • Darth Vader and Friends
    • Through September 12, 2015
  • Small Press Spotlight on Geoff Vasile
    • April 11, 2015 - September 12, 2015
  • The Art of Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells
    • February 21 - September 12, 2015
  • SAVAGE DRAGON: The Art of ERIK LARSEN
    • Through September 12, 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
  • 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
  • Richard Diebenkorn Prints: Celebrating an Acquisition
    • Through October 4, 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
  • Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • You Know I'm No Good
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016

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
  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • July 11 - October 18, 2015

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision For Today
    • July 22 - December 7, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
    • May 08, 2015 - September 27, 2015
  • Finding the I in Diaspora: From the MoAD Archives
    • Apr 29, 2014 - Oct 11, 2015

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
  • Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit
    • April 16, 2015 - December 13, 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
  • Picturing Sound, Creating Mood
    • March 23 - November 22, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • You Know I'm No Good
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016
  • NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology
    • October 15, 2015 - January 17, 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
  • 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
  • Richard Diebenkorn Prints: Celebrating an Acquisition
    • Through October 4, 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

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016

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

  • American Icons: Masterworks from SFMOMA and the Fisher Collection
    • July 11 - October 18, 2015

Museum of African Diaspora(MoAD)

  • Finding the I in Diaspora: From the MoAD Archives
    • Apr 29, 2014 - Oct 11, 2015

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
  • Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit
    • April 16, 2015 - December 13, 2015
  • Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists
    • October 30, 2015 - February 7, 2016
  • Picturing Sound, Creating Mood
    • March 23 - November 22, 2015

California Historical Society

  • City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World's Fair
    • February 22, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • You Know I'm No Good
    • July 23 - November 1, 2015
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016
  • NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology
    • October 15, 2015 - January 17, 2016
  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 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
  • 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

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

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision For Today
    • July 22 - December 7, 2015

December 2015

Asian Art Museum

  • Yoong Bae: Continuity and Pursuit
    • April 16, 2015 - December 13, 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, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016
  • NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology
    • October 15, 2015 - January 17, 2016
  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 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
  • 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

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

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Tomorrowland: Walt’s Vision For Today
    • July 22 - December 7, 2015

January 2016

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, 2015 - January 3, 2016
  • Engineers of Illumination: A Projected Light Project by Optic Flare
    • March 6, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art
    • July 30 - January 3, 2016
  • NEAT: New Experiments in Art and Technology
    • October 15, 2015 - January 17, 2016
  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 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
  • 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

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

Walt Disney Museum

  • Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination
    • July 10, 2015 - January 3, 2016

February 2016

Asian Art Museum

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Chasing Justice
    • November 19, 2015 - February 21, 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

Legion of Honor

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

March 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Oscar de la Renta
    • February 27, 2016 - May 30, 2016
  • Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell's Elegies in Bay Area Collections
    • September 5, 2015 - March 6, 2016

Legion of Honor

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

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