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.

January 2020 | February 2020 | March 2020

April 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020

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January 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

>> Find tips to visit this museum

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

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art -- Oxossi Ayofemi and Risa Wechsler -- 7/26 - 1/14

>> More about visiting the Contemporary Jewish Museum

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 -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

Lisa Reihana: In Pursuit of Venus [infected] -- 8/10 - 1/5

>> More about visiting the de Young

Legion of Honor

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

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

Curious and Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault -- 11/16 - 3/15

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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

Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene -- 8/31 - 1/5

Hannah Collins: I Will Make Up a Song - 8/31 - 1/5

Richard Mosse: Incoming - 10/26 - 2/17

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

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 2/17

A Powerful Force: Working to End Homelessness Through Art -- 9/25 - 1/6

>> More fun things to do in January

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.

February 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

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

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

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 -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

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

Legion of Honor

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

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

Curious and Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault -- 11/16 - 3/15

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

Soft Power -- 10/26 - 2/17

Richard Mosse: Incoming - 10/26 - 2/17

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

Elad Lassry -- 1/4 - 5/10

Dawoud Bey -- Opens February 15

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

Walt Disney Museum

Mickey Mouse: From Walk to the World -- 5/16 - 2/17

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

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

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 -- 8/31/2019 - 11/15/2020

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

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving -- 3/20 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

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

Curious and Wonderful: Selections from the Achenbach Vault -- 11/16 - 3/15

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

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

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 -- 3/20 - 7/26

Legion of Honor

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

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

May 2020

Asian Art Museum

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

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 -- 3/20 - 7/26

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

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 -- 3/20 - 7/26

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

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