San Francisco Museum Exhibits

Top Traveling & Temporary Shows for 2018 & 2019

Discover a full calendar of current and upcoming San Francisco museum exhibits. My schedule offers a monthly look at the top upcoming shows at popular museums such as the de Young, the SF Museum of Modern Art, and the Asian Art Museum.

The calendar includes traveling and temporary exhibits with the dates they will be open to the public. For many of the art exhibits, you will need to buy a ticket in addition to the general admission tickets. You can pick these up when you arrive or in advance online.

San Francisco Museum Exhibits: Asian Art Museum

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October 2018 | November 2018 | December 2018

January 2019 | February 2019 | March 2019 | April 2019 | May 2019

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October 2018

More top San Francisco museum exhibits for October 2018.

Asian Art Museum

Haroon Mirza, Painting Is My Everything: Art from India's Mithila Region: 9/7 - 12/9

>> Find tips to visit this museum

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

>> More about visiting this museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem -- 8/30/18 - 1/6/19

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 7/27 - 11/3

>> More about visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

Weapons of Mass Seduction: The Art of Propaganda -- 5/3 - 10/7

First Impressions: Prints from the Anderson Collection -- 6/2 - 12/8

Ranu Mukherjee: A Bright Stage -- 7/14 - 1/20

Contemporary Muslim Fashion -- 9/22 - 1/6

Native Artists of Western North America -- Through 12/31

Anna Halprin: Body Radical -- 10/20 - 10/28

>> More about visiting the de Young

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

Islam and the Classical Heritage -- 8/25 - 1/27

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season -- 5/19 - 10/28

Donald Judd: Specific Furniture -- 7/16 - 11/4

Susan Meiselas: Mediations -- 7/21 - 10/21

New Work: Etel Adnan -- 9/1 - 1/6

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Alexander Calder -- 10/21/2017 - 1/13/2019

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, The Masters of Animation -- 5/17 - 1/7

>> More on visiting the Disney Museum

>> More things to do in October

>> Calendar of October events in SF

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November 2018

Current San Francisco museum exhibits on display in November 2018.

Asian Art Museum

Haroon Mirza, Painting Is My Everything: Art from India's Mithila Region: 9/7 - 12/9

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem -- 8/30/18 - 1/6/19

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 7/27 - 11/3

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

First Impressions: Prints from the Anderson Collection -- 6/2 - 12/8

Ranu Mukherjee: A Bright Stage -- 7/14 - 1/20

Contemporary Muslim Fashion -- 9/22 - 1/6

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Native Artists of Western North America -- Through 12/31

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection -- 11/3 - 2/24

Islam and the Classical Heritage -- 8/25 - 1/27

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Donald Judd: Specific Furniture -- 7/16 - 11/4

New Work: Etel Adnan -- 9/1 - 1/6

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Alexander Calder -- 10/21/2017 - 1/13/2019

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

Art & China After 1989: Theater of the World -- 11/10 - 2/24

Brassai -- 11/17 - 2/18

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, The Masters of Animation -- 5/17 - 1/7

>> More things to do in November

>> This month's event calendar

December 2018

Current calendar of San Francisco museum exhibits for December 2018.

Asian Art Museum

Haroon Mirza, Painting Is My Everything: Art from India's Mithila Region: 9/7 - 12/9

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem -- 8/30/18 - 1/6/19

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

First Impressions: Prints from the Anderson Collection -- 6/2 - 12/8

Ranu Mukherjee: A Bright Stage -- 7/14 - 1/20

Contemporary Muslim Fashion -- 9/22 - 1/6

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Native Artists of Western North America -- Through 12/31

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection -- 11/3 - 2/24

Islam and the Classical Heritage -- 8/25 - 1/27

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

New Work: Etel Adnan -- 9/1 - 1/6

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Alexander Calder -- 10/21/2017 - 1/13/2019

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

Art & China After 1989: Theater of the World -- 11/10 - 2/24

Brassai -- 11/17 - 2/18

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory -- 12/15 - 3/31

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 4/28

Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, The Masters of Animation -- 5/17 - 1/7

>> Top things to do every December in SF

>> Best events this month in SF

January 2019

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem -- 8/30/18 - 1/6/19

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

Ranu Mukherjee: A Bright Stage -- 7/14 - 1/20

Contemporary Muslim Fashion -- 9/22 - 1/6

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection -- 11/3 - 2/24

Islam and the Classical Heritage -- 8/25 - 1/27

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

New Work: Etel Adnan -- 9/1 - 1/6

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Alexander Calder -- 10/21/2017 - 1/13/2019

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

Art & China After 1989: Theater of the World -- 11/10 - 2/24

Brassai -- 11/17 - 2/18

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory -- 12/15 - 3/31

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 4/28

Walt Disney

Walt Disney's Nine Old Men, The Masters of Animation -- 5/17 - 1/7

February 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Show Me As I Want to Be Seen -- 2/7 - 7/7

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Monet: The Late Years -- 2/16 - 5/27

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection -- 11/3 - 2/24

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

Art & China After 1989: Theater of the World -- 11/10 - 2/24

Brassai -- 11/17 - 2/18

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 4/28

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory -- 12/15 - 3/31

March 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

California Historical Society

California Boomtowns: Photographs of San Francisco and Los Angeles -- 10/13 - 3/10

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: Youth Voices on Roots and What Matters Most -- 3/25/18-3/25/19

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Show Me As I Want to Be Seen -- 2/7 - 7/7

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Monet: The Late Years -- 2/16 - 5/27

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 4/28

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory -- 12/15 - 3/31

April 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Contemporary Jewish Museum

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Show Me As I Want to Be Seen -- 2/7 - 7/7

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 4/28/19

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 4/7

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Monet: The Late Years -- 2/16 - 5/27

Legion of Honor

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine -- 5/14/16 - 4/7/19

The Early Celebrity of Peter Paul Rubens -- 4/6 - 9/8

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 4/28

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

May 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Contemporary Jewish Museum

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26/18-7/30/19

Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo -- 7/26 - 6/9

Show Me As I Want to Be Seen -- 2/7 - 7/7

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 6/23

Monet: The Late Years -- 2/16 - 5/27

Legion of Honor

The Early Celebrity of Peter Paul Rubens -- 4/6 - 9/8

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/27

Johannes Brus: New to the Collection -- 10/27 - 5/27

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