San Francisco Museum Exhibits

Top Traveling & Temporary Shows for 2018

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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August 2018

Visit these museums for the top San Francisco museum exhibits in August 2018.

Asian Art Museum

Traces of the Past & Future: Fu Shen's Paintings and Calligraphy -- Dec. 5 - Sept. 16

A Guided Tour of Hell: April 20 - Sept. 16

>> Pick up advanced tickets to the Asian Art Museum

>> Find tips to visit this museum

California Historical Society

¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege -- 4/7 - 9/16

>> 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 - 12/2

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 Fine Arts Museum

Cult of the Machine --3/24 - 8/12

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

Judy Dater: Only Human -- 4/7 - 9/16

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

The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay -- 6/17 - 9/4

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

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

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

>> More about visiting the de Young

>> Pick up tickets in advance

Exploratorium

Inflatable, Expanding Works of Art -- May 6 - September 3

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Legion of Honor

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

Julian Schnabel: 4/21 - 8/5

Paris 1913: "La Prose du Transsiberien" and the Flowering of the Avant Garde -- 3/10 - 8/12

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters -- 6/30 - 9/30

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

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louise Bourgeois Spiders -- 10/7 - 9/4

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

Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner -- 3/3 - 9/16

Nothing Stable under Heaven -- 3/3 - 9/16

Selves and Others: Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein -- 3/24 - 9/23

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

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

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

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

Walt Disney Museum

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane - 3/8 - 9/3

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

>> More on visiting the Disney Museum

>> Things to do in SF in August

>> Event calendar this month

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September 2018

Top San Francisco museum exhibits for September 2018.

Asian Art Museum

Traces of the Past & Future: Fu Shen's Paintings and Calligraphy -- 12/5 - 9/16

A Guided Tour of Hell: 4/20 - 9/16

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

California Historical Society

¡Murales Rebeldes!: L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege -- 4/7 - 9/16

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

Judy Dater: Only Human -- 4/7 - 9/16

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

The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay -- 6/17 - 9/4

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

Ana Prvacki: In Residence -- 9/22 - 2/1

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

Exploratorium

Inflatable, Expanding Works of Art -- May 6 - September 3

Legion of Honor

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

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters -- 6/30 - 9/30

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louise Bourgeois Spiders -- 10/7 - 9/4

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

Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner -- 3/3 - 9/16

Nothing Stable Under Heaven -- 3/3 - 9/16

Selves and Others: Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein -- 3/24 - 9/23

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

Walt Disney Museum

Make Believe: The World of Glen Keane - 3/8 - 9/3

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

>> More things to do in September

>> September events calendar for SF

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

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

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

Ana Prvacki: In Residence -- 9/22 - 2/1

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

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

Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe -- 10/5 - 2/23

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

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

Walt Disney

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

>> More things to do in October

>> Calendar of October events in SF

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

Ana Prvacki: In Residence -- 9/22 - 2/1

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

Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe -- 10/5 - 2/23

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

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

Ana Prvacki: In Residence -- 9/22 - 2/1

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

Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe -- 10/5 - 2/23

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

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

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

Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe -- 10/5 - 2/23

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

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

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

Apocalypse 1906: Photographs of the San Francisco Earthquake by Arnold Genthe -- 10/5 - 2/23

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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

Legion of Honor

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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

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

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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