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.

February 2019 | March 2019 | April 2019 | May 2019

June 2019 | July 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019

October 2019 | November 2019 | December 2019

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February 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Lifting Barbells -- 9/28 - 5/12

>> 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

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

>> More about visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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

Specters of Disruption -- 8/15 - 4/30

Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites -- 9/29 - 3/31

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

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

>> More about visiting the de Young

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

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 6/30

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/26

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

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

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

New Work: Rodney McMillian -- 2/9 - 6/9

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

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon -- 2/23 - 4/28

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

>> More events in February

>> Additional things to do in February

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.

March 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Lifting Barbells -- 9/28 - 5/12

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

Specters of Disruption -- 8/15 - 4/30

Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites -- 9/29 - 3/31

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

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

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

Legion of Honor

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

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 6/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Wayne Thiebaud -- 9/29 - 3/10

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

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/26

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

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

New Work: Rodney McMillian -- 2/9 - 6/9

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

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon -- 2/23 - 4/28

>> Events in March

>> Other things to do this month

April 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Lifting Barbells -- 9/28 - 5/12

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

Specters of Disruption -- 8/15 - 4/30

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

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

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

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

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

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 6/30

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/26

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

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

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

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

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

New Work: Rodney McMillian -- 2/9 - 6/9

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

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon -- 2/23 - 4/28

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

>> More April events around SF

>> Additional fun things to do this month

May 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Lifting Barbells -- 9/28 - 5/12

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

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

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

Legion of Honor

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

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 6/30

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light -- 10/27 - 5/26

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

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

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

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

New Work: Rodney McMillian -- 2/9 - 6/9

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

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

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> Events in SF in May

>> More fun things to do all around town this month

June 2019

Asian Art Museum

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

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

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

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

Legion of Honor

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

Small Inventions: Artist's Books by Charles Hobson -- 2/2 - 6/30

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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

New Work: Rodney McMillian -- 2/9 - 6/9

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

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

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> SF events calendar for June

>> More things to do in SF in June

July 2019

Asian Art Museum

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

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 -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

snap+share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks -- 3/30 - 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 Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> SF events this July

>> More SF activities this month

August 2019

Asian Art Museum

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

snap+share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks -- 3/30 - 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 Powers: Daymaker -- 5/18 - 1/1

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

Legion of Honor

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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

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

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> More fun things to do in October

November 2019

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> More fun things to do in November

December 2019

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Daria Martin -- 6/27 - 2/19

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> Additional things to do in December

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