Local Favorites at the Powell Hotel
San Francisco, CA Hotel near the de Young Museum & Academy of Sciences
Culture, art, and nature lovers who stay at our downtown pet-friendly San Francisco, CA hotel put themselves within easy reach of the renowned M.H. de Young Fine Arts Museum and the California Academy of Sciences natural history museum and aquarium, which are known around the world for their unique exhibits and daring designs.
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum.
The city’s first art museum, established in Golden Gate Park less than 50 years after the Gold Rush, began as homage to the California Midwinter International Expo of 1895. Early collections included an eclectic assemblage of American Indian artifacts, bird’s eggs, and polished tree slabs, along with paintings and objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Over the next century, the museum grew into an important center for American art and central Asian textiles. In 2005, the museum reopened in a new home designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron featuring a bold copper facade and 144-foot observation tower. A sculpture garden and a delightful cafe complete the experience.
California Academy of Sciences.
The new California Academy of Sciences, which opened in 2008, is considered the world’s “greenest” museum - a marvel of eco-conscious design and spectacular natural displays. The Academy features a four-story indoor rainforest complete with free-flitting butterflies, an acrylic tunnel that takes you under the Amazon River, an all-digital Planetarium, the country’s biggest coral reef display, and a living roof covered with thousands of native plants.
Visiting San Francisco’s de Young Museum & California Academy of Sciences.
The de Young Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., and offers extended hours for the King Tut show through March 2010. The museum offers free admission the first Tuesday of each month. The Academy of Sciences is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with free admission the third Wednesday of each month.