Fun After Oracle OpenWorld, Part 4
By jack.flynn on Aug 06, 2008
What Happens When San Francisco Returns to the Natives
In this fourth of four posts on what to do after Oracle OpenWorld 2008 ends, we offer you some highbrow diversions: San Francisco museums. There are art, history, culture, and science museums in this great city, and best of all, many of them have stellar cafés where you can sip espresso and enjoy a huge variety of gourmet snacks and instructive people watching.
Check it out.
IN SAN FRANCISCO
Asian Art Museum: "One of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history."
California Academy of Sciences: The all-new natural history museum/aquarium/planetarium reopens on September 27, 2008 after a multiyear, multimillion-dollar renovation.
Cartoon Art Museum: Admit it, you're curious. Satisfy your desire to immerse yourself in cartoon art while feigning academic detachment.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: Brand-new space, with exhibits that "explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas."
The de Young Museum: Houses "priceless collections of American art from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, and art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific."
Exploratorium: Knobs to pull, switches to throw, prisms to observe, electricity that arcs, and (mini) tectonic plates that shift—all in the name of science. Give in to your inner 12 year old and have fun.
Legion of Honor: Features a huge and eclectic collection of ancient and contemporary art, including the largest collection of sculpture by Rodin outside Paris. It's a beautiful building on a stunning site, with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Museum of the African Diaspora: "Drawing from the collections of museums, institutes, organizations, universities, and private citizens, MoAD is a collector of stories."
Cable Car Museum: See the inner workings of San Francisco's cable car system. Pretty cool.
San Francisco Fire Department Museum: San Francisco has burned to the ground six times (not recently). In learning to deal with such disasters, the SFFD invented firefighting tools that were adopted by firefighters around the world. Who knew?
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Devoted solely to twentieth-century art. It's across the street from Moscone Center. Check out its Web site for the most current exhibits. The museum's Caffé Museo is also an excellent option for lunch.
There are more museums in town than are on our list. Here's a map. If museums aren't your scene, there are countless other things to do in San Francisco. Let your time, budget, and affinity for kitsch guide you.
If you have some insight or experience with one of the museums on or off this list, please leave comments and let us know. Or, if you decide to visit one of San Francisco's museums, definitely share your experiences. That includes the café scene. We just L-O-V-E museum cafés.