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

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April 2019 | May 2019

June 2019 | July 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019

October 2019 | November 2019 | December 2019

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April 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

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

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 - 6/30

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

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 6/23

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

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

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

>> More about visiting the de Young

Legion of Honor

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

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

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

>> More about visiting the Legion of Honor

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 6/2

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

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

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

Public Knowledge, Take Part -- 1/25 - 4/28

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

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

>> Tips for visiting the SF MOMA

>> Pick up tickets in advance

>> More April events around SF

>> Additional fun things to do this month

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May 2019

Asian Art Museum

Kimono Refashioned -- 2/8 - 5/5

Lifting Barbells -- 9/28 - 5/12

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

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

Tanabe Chikuunsai IV Collection -- 5/31 - 8/25

California Historical Society

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

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 - 7/14

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

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 6/23

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

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

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 6/30

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

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

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

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 6/2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California Historical Society

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

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

de Young Museum of Fine Art

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

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

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

Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey -- 11/17 - 6/23

Fans of the Eighteenth Century -- 3/31/18 - 6/30

Legion of Honor

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

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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

The Sea Ranch -- 12/22 - 6/2

Paul Klee & Anni Albers -- 3/23 - 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

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

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

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

California Historical Society

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

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

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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Tonight the World -- 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

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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

Stephen 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

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: Tonight the World -- 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

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

Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

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

Stephen 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

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: Tonight the World -- 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

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

Walt Disney Museum

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

>> Additional things to do in December

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