Friday, February 27, 2009

The de Young Museum

The de Young Museum is a fine arts museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and has been in existence since 1895. It features American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. It re-opened in 2005 in a new, state-of -the-art facility after construction was completed on the completely new facility designed to fit into its park setting.

The deYoung frequently features special exhibits from collections around the world. Currently, the de Young is hosting a retrospective of Yves St. Laurent through April 5. The de Young is the only museum in the U.S. hosting this exhibit. Coming this summer, the de Young will be host to "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" through March of next year. The de Young was the last museum in the U.S. to host "The Treasures of Tutankhamun" exhibit in the late 70's.

On my 2007 visit to the de Young I saw the special exhibit "Vivienne Westwood: 36 Years in Fashion." The museum was the only U.S. stop for the exhibit which featured more than 150 items from the British designer's personal archive and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I'm a total fashion junkie and costume collections are one of my favorite museum exhibits. I've seen the outstanding costume collection at the V&A and was very impressed by the Vivienne Westwood exhibit.

To date, I've only visited the museum once and I only saw the Vivienne Westwood exhibit. I definitely plan to go back. I was hoping I would be able to see the Yves St. Laurent exhibit, but it opened the last day of my most recent visit to San Francisco and I don't think I'm going to make it before the closing date on April 5. If I'm lucky, I will get to see the Tutankhamun exhibit.

Your admission ticket for the de Young will gain you free admission to the Legion of Honor on the same if you plan ahead, you should be able to take advantage of this (or vice versa, visit the Legion of Honor first and use that ticket for free admission to the de Young.) If not, the first Tuesday of each month is free at the de Young, except for admission to special exhibits. The de Young is located across from the California Academy of Sciences and near the Japanese Tea Garden. There is an underground parking garage adjacent to the museums.

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