Monday, February 23, 2009

The Legion of Honor


The Legion of Honor is a fine arts museum in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. The neoclassic building was built to honor the California soldiers who died in World War I. It features a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor was completed in 1924 and houses a fantastic collection of ancient and European art, including an impressive array of Rodin sculptures. The Thinker, arguably Rodin's most famous work, is featured in the Legion's outdoor Court of Honor. The sculpture was acquired from the sculptor my the museum's original patron.

Auguste Rodin's The Thinker.

The Legion of Honor is a relatively small museum, so it won't take a very long time to see the collection on display; however, I would allow a couple of hours. You will certainly want to allow some time to take in the view from outside, as well. You might want to plan your day so that you can take advantage of the dual admission with the de Young Museum. Your ticket for the Legion of Honor will gain you free admission to the de Young on the same day...so if you plan ahead, you should be able to take advantage of this (or vice versa, visit the de Young first and use that ticket for free admission to the Legion of Honor). If not, the first Tuesday of each month is free at the Legion, except for admission to special exhibits.

Georgian era portraiture from the Legion of Honor's collection.

View from the Legion of Honor.

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