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San Francisco, CA | Legion of Honor-Van Gogh and Monet!

September 4, 2015
legion of honor san francisco

  Located in beautiful Lincoln Park, the Legion of Honor is a must see if you are visiting San Francisco. If you aren’t interested in art then the breathtaking views this place gives of the ocean and the Golden Gate are enough reason to visit. This museum was dedicated in 1924 for the 3,600 California men who had lost their lives during World War I in France. With the wishes of the donors being to “honor the dead, while serving the living.” outside legion of honor san francisco

   Upon arrival expect to see lots of wedding parties taking photos–I enjoyed seeing this. The large fountain outside is gorgeous!

outside legion of honor san francisco

The museum’s architect was George Applegarth but the museum was a copy of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris from 1786. The detail in this structure is simply captivating–be prepared to plan accordingly to spend some time out front before you even enter the museum.

outside legion of honor san francisco

outside legion of honor san francisco

outside legion of honor san francisco

Below is the The Thinker by Rodin.

the thinker by rodin

legion of honor san francisco

This is the plaque you see right before walking in.

donors of the legion of honor

Here is what you see upon entry and the current admission prices.
admission legion of honor san francisco  There really was not enough time in a day to explore this museum! It is huge! There is so much to see and read. I wished I would have come a lot earlier–I was one of the few that security was trying to usher out after hours-haha!

inside legion of honor san francisco

  I had no idea they had Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh paintings at this museum! Wow! These gave me chills to be able to stand next too! There is more of them to see but I don’t want to spoil it for everybody!claude monet water lilliesvincent van gogh still life   It was refreshing to see a museum that did not sway away from religious paintings. There were so many Biblical art pieces that were just truly touching and amazing to see in person. This painting of Jesus was heart wrenching.head of christ oil on canvas manetI am a huge Jane Austin fan and this painting below reminded me so much of the films made from her books-lovely!baron francois gerard comtesse de morel-vide and her daughter (the music lesson) 1799This is their current special exhibitions on display.

luminous worlds british works on paper 1760-1900

   Be ready to see a lot of sculptures. They have rooms filled with them. I thought the one below was very thought provoking.
severed head of john the baptist by rodin    It was also so interesting to see so much furniture on display through out. I was not expecting that. Oh the detail that they used to put into pieces-it’s just mind blowing!rolltop desk legion of honor   And just when you thought you had already seen so much you wander down stairs–where you will run into Egyption artifacts! Be ready to be amazed! So cool to see this mummy coffin from so long ago!

mummy coffin at the legion of honor

mummy coffin at the legion of honor

The Salon Dore below–like walking through a palace!

salon dore at the legion of honor

salon dore at the legion of honor

The Louis the XV Room Below–You can read about each piece in the room.

louis the XV room at the legion of honor

louis the XV room at the legion of honor

 Don’t miss the Holocaust Memorial. Let’s never forget.holocaust memorial at the legion of honorholocaust memorial at the legion of honor

 

My Quick Take: I took a lot more photos but I don’t want to spoil the experience for everyone! If you love art then this is a must for you! Be prepared to spend a lot of time here. One day is simply not enough time! I have only scratched the surface for you–when you go be sure to stop by the Constance and Henry Bowles Porcelain Gallery downstairs and English Book Illustrations room-also located downstairs.

Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30-5:15

Address: 

100 34th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

Phone number: 415.750.3600

Tip: There is free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month! And if you have a large group, save $1 per person if you order tickets in advance online–click here to do so.

Happy Art Exploring!

Xx,

Goldie+James

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