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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
May June July August
September October November  

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.

2016 Event Calendars
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November  

Museum Exhibits by Month

May 2016

Alcatraz Island

  • Prisoners of Age Exhibit
    • July 10, 2015 - June 31, 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
  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 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

Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants
    • May 6 - October 16, 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
  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 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
  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

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

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

June 2016

Alcatraz Island

  • Prisoners of Age Exhibit
    • July 10, 2015 - June 31, 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
  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants
    • May 6 - October 16, 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
  • The Sumatran Ship Cloth
    • Through February 12, 2017
  • Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist
    • Through November 6, 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
  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

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

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

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
  • Mother-of-Pearl Lacquerware from Korea
    • April 29 - October 23, 2016

California Historical Society

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

Conservatory of Flowers

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
    • Mar 17 - July 5, 2016
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • California BookWorks
    • May 7, 2016 - October 16, 2016
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine
    • May 14, 2016 - August 26, 2018

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

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

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
  • 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

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

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

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

California Historical Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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