San Francisco Museum Exhibits

Top Traveling & Temporary Shows for 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

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

July 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019 | October 2019 | November 2019 | December 2019

January 2020 | February 2020 | March 2020 | April 2020

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July 2019

Asian Art Museum

The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien -- 5/31 - 8/18

Tattoos in Japanese Prints -- 5/31 - 8/18

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Connection -- 5/31 - 8/25

>> Find tips to visit this museum

California Historical Society

Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire -- 3/21 - 9/8

>> More about visiting this museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

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

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

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

>> More about visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Ordinary Objects/Wild Things -- 12/15 - 7/14

Spectors of Disruption -- 8/15/2018 - 11/10/2019

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin -- 7/13 - 10/6

Ana Prvacki: Detour -- 6/11 - 9/29

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

>> More about visiting the de Young

Legion of Honor

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 7/14

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

Fantaisie Francaise: Prints from the Vanderryn Collection -- 5/25 - 8/4

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book -- 7/20 - 11/10

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louise Bourgeios: Spiders -- 10/7 - 7/14

Mythos, Psyche & Eros -- 3/30 - 10/14

snap+share: trasmitting photographs from mail art to social networks -- 3/30 - 8/4

Paul Klee & Anni Albers -- 3/23 - 8/4

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here -- 4/20 - 8/4

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Pat O'Neill: Three Answers -- 4/20 - 8/4

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again -- 5/19 - 9/2

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

New Work: Erin Shirreff -- 7/20 - 10/27

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> SF events this July

>> More SF activities this month

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 2-day tour here.

August 2019

Asian Art Museum

The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien -- 5/31 - 8/18

Tattoos in Japanese Prints -- 5/31 - 8/18

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, Connection -- 5/31 - 8/25

California Historical Society

Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire -- 3/21 - 9/8

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Spectors of Disruption -- 8/15/2018 - 11/10/2019

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin -- 7/13 - 10/6

Ana Prvacki: Detour -- 6/11 - 9/29

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

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

Fantaisie Francaise: Prints from the Vanderryn Collection -- 5/25 - 8/4

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book -- 7/20 - 11/10

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Mythos, Psyche & Eros -- 3/30 - 10/14

snap+share: trasmitting photographs from mail art to social networks -- 3/30 - 8/4

Paul Klee & Anni Albers -- 3/23 - 8/4

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here -- 4/20 - 8/4

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Pat O'Neill: Three Answers -- 4/20 - 8/4

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

Andy Warhol, From A to B and Back Again -- 5/19 - 9/2

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

New Work: Erin Shirreff -- 7/20 - 10/27

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> More events this month in SF

>> Additional fun things to do in August

September 2019

Asian Art Museum

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan -- 9/27 - 12/8

California Historical Society

Mark Ruwedel: Westward the Course of Empire -- 3/21 - 9/8

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Spectors of Disruption -- 8/15/2018 - 11/10/2019

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin -- 7/13 - 10/6

Ana Prvacki: Detour -- 6/11 - 9/29

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

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

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book -- 7/20 - 11/10

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again -- 5/19 - 9/2

Mythos, Psyche & Eros -- 3/30 - 10/14

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

New Work: Erin Shirreff -- 7/20 - 10/27

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> More September events

>> Additional things to do this month in SF

October 2019

Asian Art Museum

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan -- 9/27 - 12/8

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Spectors of Disruption -- 8/15/2018 - 11/10/2019

Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin -- 7/13 - 10/6

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith -- 10/12 - 2/9

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book -- 7/20 - 11/10

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

Mythos, Psyche & Eros -- 3/30 - 10/14

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

New Work: Erin Shirreff -- 7/20 - 10/27

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> More fun things to do in October

November 2019

Asian Art Museum

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan -- 9/27 - 12/8

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Spectors of Disruption -- 8/15/2018 - 11/10/2019

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/8

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith -- 10/12 - 2/9

Strange Days: Dada, Surrealism and the Book -- 7/20 - 11/10

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

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

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> More fun things to do in November

December 2019

Asian Art Museum

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan -- 9/27 - 12/8

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/8

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith -- 10/12 - 2/9

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

April Dawn Alison -- 7/6 - 12/1

Don't! Photography and the Art of Mistakes -- 7/20 - 12/1

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

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

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

>> Additional things to do in December

January 2020

Asian Art Museum

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped -- 7/25 - 1/19

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

Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle -- 7/25/19 - 1/19/20

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject -- 3/9 - 1/26

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/8

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith -- 10/12 - 2/9

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

Stephen ESPO Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space -- 7/20 - 1/20

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

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 1/6

February 2020

Asian Art Museum

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin: Tonight the World -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/8

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Prints from the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection -- 7/27 - 2/2

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Legion of Honor

James Tissot: Fashion & Faith -- 10/12 - 2/9

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

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

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

March 2020

Asian Art Museum

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

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

Soul of the Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power -- 11/9 - 3/8

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

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

April 2020

Contemporary Jewish Museum

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

The Turkman Storage Bag -- 8/31 - 7/5

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Elemental Calder -- 2/16/2019 - 6/28/2020

JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco -- 5/23 - 4/27 (2020)

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

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