Visiting the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor, San Francisco’s most beautiful museum, displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building located in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is most noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include Rodin’s Thinker, which sits in the museum’s Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.


I had the pleasure of visiting the Legion of Honor, located in Lincoln Park in San Francisco, for the first time just a few weeks ago. We had a family outing at the museum to see the Monet: the Early Years exhibit. That’s right our toddler came with us, and she did better than expected. We flew through the Monet exhibit, apparently she’s not a fan of his early work. Once outside of the Monet exhibit, the little one enjoyed exploring the rest of the museum on her own terms with her grandparents. Speaking of kids and special exhibits, strollers aren’t always allowed in these areas. While in the Monet exhibit we were able to easily check the stroller at the coat check.

The Legion of Honor currently has the following exhibitions:

  • Monet: the Early Years through May 29, 2017
  • Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation through April 9, 2017
  • The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine through August 26, 2018

This museum of fine art, also has the following collections:

  • European Painting
  • European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
  • Ancient Art
  • Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
  • Photography
In addition to the permanent collection and special exhibits, the museum offers a café under the direction of McCall’s Catering and Events, a museum store, and tours.

Regular Hours for the museum are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30am to 5:15pm, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Admission is surprisingly affordable for such a renowned art museum:

  • Adults: $15
  • Seniors 65+: $10
  • College students with valid ID: $6
  • Members: Free
  • 17 and under: Free
  • First Tuesday of the month: Free
  • Audio tours: $8/$7 Members.
Additional fees apply for special exhibits. Also, your Legion of Honor Tickets will allow you same-day general admission to the de Young in Golden Gate Park. Two extraordinary art museums for the price of one!

Now that you know the basics, please enjoy some of the photos I took during our most recent visit. We didn’t even come close to seeing all that the museum had to offer, simply because we had a toddler in tow, but I greatly enjoyed what we did see and look forward to visiting again to see everything. The museum is large, but not too big to see it all in one day.

The Legion of Honor in San Francisco

 Rodin The Thinker in the Legion of Honor
 The Gates of Hell in San Francisco

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The View at the Legion of Honor
If you’d like to learn more about the museum, click here to explore their website.
Do you enjoy art museums? If so, which one is your favorite?
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  1. April 16, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Yay! Wonderful photos! I live in CA too! I go to UC Berkeley! I just followed you so let’s connect! Yay? My london, Italy and Switzerland travel posts are now up on the blog. Hope to hear from you soon! XOXO

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