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De Young Museum

In California on January 23, 2009 at 11:12 am

Being the world traveler that I am, I thought I’d mention the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. I’ve only ever been to San Fran a few times, but this last time I was in the area we made a point of spending a solid afternoon in the De Young. And let me say, I was very impressed with both the content of the museum and the overall flow of the building. It is a highly recognizable Herzog and De Meuron building in the middle of a really lovely park. The California Academy of Science is across the way (there was a great article in the NY Times about this museum the other day)

We has just missed a giant Chihuly exhibit (if you’re like me, you’ve seen Chihuly EVERYWHERE but still enjoy him. I am absolutely fascinated by his character and work structure) which I would have enjoyed and mostly stuck to their permanent collection. On the whole, I had a really excellent time. It was just so nice to get outside in the sunshine in such a wonderful park as Golden Gate Park that by the time we got to the museum I was in such a good mood it was hard not to enjoy it tremendously. And I found that the art was really only half the fun – the building is ridiculously beautiful and unusual and interesting, there is a nice courtyard right around the restaurant (where you can get overpriced nibbles), and the sculpture garden was splendid. I am always a bit of a sucker for a nice sculpture garden though.

 

If you are in the bay area this museum (and the whole Golden Gate complex) is not to be missed. 

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