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Museums San Francisco

Top SF Museum Exhibits for 2016 & 2017

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 & 2017 Museum Exhibits
August September October November
December January February March
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Additional Events Each Month

In addition to these museums exhibits, you will find dozens of other fun events each month in SF. Click the links below for a full calendar of events for each month.

Event Calendars
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

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
  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

California Historical Society

  • Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew
    • July 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
  • History Keepers Traversing Los Angeles
    • August 5, 2016 - August 27, 2016

Cartoon Art Museum

  • MazeToons exhibition at the Children’s Creativity Museum
    • Through August 28, 2016.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016
  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017
  • Pour Crever by Trimpin
    • September 24, 2015 - September 1, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants
    • May 6 - October 16, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016
  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

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
  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 2016
  • Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating Twenty Years
    • July 16, 2016 - October 23, 2016
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier
    • June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • A Gift of Artists' Books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation
    • Through October 23, 2016

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change
    • May 14 - September 25, 2016
  • Art of Northern California: Three Views
    • May 14 - November 2016
  • Paul Klee in Color
    • May 14 - September 2016
  • New Work: Leonor Antunes
    • May 14 - October 2, 2016
  • Model Behavior: Snohetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • The Campaign for Art: Contemporary
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • Alexander Calder: Motion Lab
    • May 14, 2016 - September 10, 2017
  • Film as Place
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • Learning to Love You More
    • May 14 - August 21, 2016
  • The Campaign for Art
    • May 14 - September 18, 2016
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection
    • May 14 - November 27, 2016
  • California and the West Photography from the Campaign for Art
    • May 14 - September 5, 2016
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

September 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
    • June 17 - September 18, 2016
  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 2016
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

California Historical Society

  • Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew
    • July 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants
    • May 6 - October 16, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016
  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art -Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017
  • Pour Crever by Trimpin
    • September 24, 2015 - September 1, 2016

Walt Disney Museum

  • Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback
    • January 13, 2016 - September 12, 2016
  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

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
  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 2016
  • Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating Twenty Years
    • July 16, 2016 - October 23, 2016
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • Wild West: Picturing America's Frontier
    • June 18, 2016 - September 11, 2016
  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • A Gift of Artists' Books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation
    • Through October 23, 2016

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change
    • May 14 - September 25, 2016
  • Art of Northern California: Three Views
    • May 14 - November 2016
  • Paul Klee in Color
    • May 14 - September 2016
  • New Work: Leonor Antunes
    • May 14 - October 2, 2016
  • Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • The Campaign for Art: Contemporary
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • Alexander Calder: Motion Lab
    • May 14, 2016 - September 10, 2017
  • Film as Place
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • Learning to Love You More
    • May 14 - August 21, 2016
  • The Campaign for Art
    • May 14 - September 18, 2016
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection
    • May 14 - November 27, 2016
  • California and the West Photography from the Campaign for Art
    • May 14 - September 5, 2016
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

October 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 2016
  • The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
    • October 21, 2016 - January 15, 2017
  • Chinese Lacquerware
    • November 10, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Japanese Lacquerware
    • December 9, 2015 - October 23, 2016
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

California Historical Society

  • Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew
    • July 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Stanley Kubrick
    • Jun 30 - Oct 30, 2016
  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017

Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants
    • May 6 - October 16, 2016

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • Ed Ruscha and the Great American West
    • July 16, 2016 - October 9, 2016
  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 2016
  • Paulson Bott Press: Celebrating Twenty Years
    • July 16, 2016 - October 23, 2016
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • A Gift of Artists' Books from the Reva and David Logan Foundation
    • Through October 23, 2016
  • The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France
    • October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • Art of Northern California: Three Views
    • May 14 - November 2016
  • New Work: Leonor Antunes
    • May 14 - October 2, 2016
  • Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • The Campaign for Art: Contemporary
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • Film as Place
    • May 14 - October 30, 2016
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection
    • May 14 - November 27, 2016
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

Walt Disney Museum

  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

November 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
    • October 21, 2016 - January 15, 2017
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

California Historical Society

  • Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew
    • July 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017
  • From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
    • November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 2016
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Frank Stella: A Retrospective
    • November 5, 2016 - February 26, 2017
  • Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
    • November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France
    • October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017
  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
    • November 19, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Walt Disney Museum

  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • Art of Northern California: Three Views
    • May 14 - November 2016
  • Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection
    • May 14 - November 27, 2016
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

December 2016

Asian Art Museum

  • The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
    • October 21, 2016 - January 15, 2017
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017
  • From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
    • November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Frank Stella: A Retrospective
    • November 5, 2016 - February 26, 2017
  • Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
    • November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France
    • October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017
  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
    • November 19, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Walt Disney Museum

  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

January 2017

Asian Art Museum

  • The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe
    • October 21, 2016 - January 15, 2017
  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Negev Wheel: Ned Kahn
    • July 28, 2016 - January 8, 2017
  • In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - Kota Ezawa and James Kirby Rogers
    • July 28, 2016 - January 17, 2017
  • From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
    • November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Frank Stella: A Retrospective
    • November 5, 2016 - February 26, 2017
  • Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
    • November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018
  • The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France
    • October 8, 2016 - January 29, 2017
  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
    • November 19, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Walt Disney Museum

  • Wish Upon a Star: The Art of Pinocchio
    • May 18, 2016 - January 9, 2017

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • Model Behavior: Snøhetta’s First Concepts for SFMOMA
    • May 14, 2016 - January 16, 2017
  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

February 2017

Asian Art Museum

  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
    • November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Frank Stella: A Retrospective
    • November 5, 2016 - February 26, 2017
  • Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
    • November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

March 2017

Asian Art Museum

  • Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
    • June 28, 2016 - March 26, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art
    • November 25, 2016 - April 2, 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
    • November 5, 2016 - March 12, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

April 2017

de Young Fine Arts Museum

  • On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism
    • July 23, 2016 - April 2, 2017
  • Frank Stella's Prints
    • November 5, 2016 - June 25, 2017

Legion of Honor

  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ( SFMOMA)

  • British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection
    • May 14, 2016 - Fall 2017
  • Claudy Jongstra
    • May 14, 2016 - April 2, 2017

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