Around Moscone Center, Part 1
By stephen.fox on Sep 29, 2009
10 Temptations Within 10 Minutes and Under $10As President and CEO of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau located just steps from Moscone Center, guest blogger Joe D'Alessandro has some insider tips on exploring the neighborhood immediately surrounding Moscone. Even the most serious convention goers need a break every now and then, so he's compiled a list of 10 temptation all under $10 just for Oracle OpenWorld attendees. Here are 1 through 5, all located just across the street from Moscone Center and Yerba Buena Gardens:
1. A San Francisco treasure, the Zeum carousel was hand-carved in 1906 by Charles Looff. At the entrance to Zeum at Yerba Buena Gardens, the carousel features 65 jumping horses with real horsehair tails, galloping camels, rams, giraffes, and gilded chariots. Tickets are $3 (two rides per ticket).
2. Thursday evenings are half-price from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. At less than $8, admission provides access to the West Coast's vibrant center for modern and contemporary art, plus the new Rooftop Garden, a great place to relax if you need a pick-me-up.
3. The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, located on the lane connecting Market and Mission between Third and Fourth, is relatively small (and that's one of the things I like about it), but packs a lot of panache into its elegant gallery. Check out the "Open Source Embroidery" exhibit this month featuring artwork using embroidery and code as a tool for participatory production and distribution. Admission to the Museum's galleries is $5; $4 for seniors; children under 18 are free.
4. The admission fee to the new Contemporary Jewish Museum is $10, just within our budget; however, every Thursday after 5 p.m. it drops to half-price, even better. For the young and the young-at-heart, I highly recommend the Maurice Sendak show which opened on September 8., highlighting the career of the famed author and illustrator of more than 100 picture books including Where the Wild Things Are.
5. The Museum of the African Diaspora is the first major museum in the world to focus on the African Diaspora (the movement, migration, or scattering of people away from their homelands), reminding us that Africa is the birthplace of humankind. There's also a great gift store here offering merchandise from Fair Trade companies and organizations.
(Photo by Thor Muller, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.)