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September 25, 2015

6 Arts & Culture Neighborhood Maps to Help You Explore San Francisco

If you’re an astute traveler (and just the least bit curious), maps can be more than the shortest route between Point A and Point B. In the right hands, they are laced with history and filled with layers of information that you might have missed otherwise. 

With that in mind, we have created a series of Arts & Culture Explorer Maps that share with vislocal expertise on six arts- and culture-centric neighborhoods. Informed by neighborhood know-how and input from a number of resources, the maps highlight 90 “brick and mortar” points of interest ranging from major cultural institutions to small independent arts groups. 

Take a look, save them to your mobile device, print them out or pick up a copy of all six maps at Visitor Information Centers and dig a little deeper into San Francisco’s rich cultural diversity. 

Civic Center/Central Market
San Francisco’s professional opera, symphony and ballet companies are all located in historic venues opposite City Hall; the arts found here are as resplendent as the area’s Beaux Arts architecture.

One of the most lively entertainment districts in San Francisco, the Fillmore is frequented by jazz, blues and rock-and-roll luminaries. Take advantage of the rich cross culture with the adjacent Japantown, the oldest of only three in the U.S.

Golden Gate Park
With more than 1,000 acres to explore, Golden Gate Park starts where the Haight-Ashbury ends and continues to Ocean Beach on the edge of the Pacific. Explore museums and landmarks, giant redwoods, trail, lakes, windmills and gardens.

The Mission
Featuring a culturally diverse and vibrant range of San Francisco’s art scene, the Mission offers murals, galleries, cafes, bookstores and boutiques with eclectic wares as well as Mission Dolores, one of the oldest structures in San Francisco.

Union Square
Often thought of as the retail heart of the city, Union Square has more theatres than any other neighborhood in San Francisco. Many were built not long after the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Yerba Buena/SOMA
With the highest concentration of arts west of the Hudson River, this neighborhood is filled with museums, galleries and renowned architecture. There are 11 museums within three blocks and many of them house gift shops featuring unusual souvenirs and locally made items.

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