San Francisco Museum Exhibits

Top Traveling & Temporary Shows for 2020

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

Click the links below to jump ahead to the month you plan to visit.

March 2020

April 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020

July 2020 | August 2020 | September 2020

October 2020 | November 2020 | December 2020

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March 2020

Asian Art Museum

Lost at Sea: Art Recovered from Shipwrecks -- 11/26 - 3/22

Chang Dai-chien: Painting from Heart to Hand -- 11/26 - 4/26

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment -- 1/17 - 5/3

Jean Shin: Pause -- 2/6 - 5/24

>> Find tips to visit this museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

What We Hold: A Youth Audio Project -- 4/14/19 - 3/15/20

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

>> More about visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/15

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/21 - 7/26

>> More about visiting the de Young

Legion of Honor

Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale -- 9/7 - 4/12

Curious and Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault -- 11/16 - 3/22

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 5/3/2020

2019 SECA Art Award: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury, Marlon Mullen -- 11/16 - 4/12

New Work: Nevin Aladag -- 12/7 - 6/7

Elad Lassry -- 1/4 - 5/10

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

>> Fun events in March

>> What to pack for your March visit

Hop On Hop Off Bus: One of the best ways to explore the city and these San Francisco museum exhibits is with the Hop On Hop Off Bus. It will take you directly from attraction to attraction with ease. Learn more about the tour options here.

April 2020

Asian Art Museum

Chang Dai-chien: Painting from Heart to Hand -- 11/26 - 4/26

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment -- 1/17 - 5/3

Jean Shin: Pause -- 2/6 - 5/24

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/21 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

Alexandre Singh: A Gothic Tale -- 9/7 - 4/12

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave -- 4/18 - 8/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 5/3/2020

2019 SECA Art Award: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury, Marlon Mullen -- 11/16 - 4/12

New Work: Nevin Aladag -- 12/7 - 6/7

Elad Lassry -- 1/4 - 5/10

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

>> Best April events in SF

>> Free activities in April

May 2020

Asian Art Museum

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment -- 1/17 - 5/3

Jean Shin: Pause -- 2/6 - 5/24

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective -- 5/9 - 9/6

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/21 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave -- 4/18 - 8/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 5/3/2020

New Work: Nevin Aladag -- 12/7 - 6/7

Elad Lassry -- 1/4 - 5/10

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> More May events

>> Free things to do in May

June 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective -- 5/9 - 9/6

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/21 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave -- 4/18 - 8/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

New Work: Nevin Aladag -- 12/7 - 6/7

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> More June events around SF

>> What to pack for your stay in June

July 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective -- 5/9 - 9/6

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/21 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave -- 4/18 - 8/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> More July events

>> Free things to do in July

August 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Predicting The Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years -- 3/12 - 8/23

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style -- 2/13 - 8/9

Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area -- 2/13 - 8/9

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Uncanny Valley, Being Human in the Age of AI -- 2/22 - 10/25

Judy Chicago: A Retrospective -- 5/9 - 9/6

Legion of Honor

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave -- 4/18 - 8/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Thought Pieces: 1970s Photographs of Lew Thomas, Donna-Le Phillips and Hal Fischer -- 1/4 - 8/9

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Tatiana Bilbao: Architecture from Outside In -- 3/21 - 8/16

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> Additional events in August

>> Free things to do in August

September 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything -- 9/17 - 1/24

Legion of Honor

The Book of Now: Dieter Roth and Ed Ruscha -- 3/28 - 9/2

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

David Park: A Retrospective -- 4/11 - 9/7

David Park and His Circle: The Drawing Sessions -- 4/11 - 9/7

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> September events calendar for SF

>> What to pack for your stay in September

October 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything -- 9/17 - 1/24

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> More events this October in SF

>> What to pack for your upcoming stay in October

November 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything -- 9/17 - 1/24

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith -- 4/25 - 11/1

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Unstable Presence -- 4/25 - 11/1

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> November events calendar for SF

>> Fun free ideas for your November stay

December 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything -- 9/17 - 1/24

Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Studios and World War II -- 5/13 - 1/11

>> More December and holiday events

>> Free ideas for your December visit

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