In a city full of must-see museums, these are the exhibitions you can't miss in 2019.

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June 12, 2019

The 6 San Francisco Museum Exhibitions You Can't Miss in 2019

San Francisco has a prized collection of must-see museums. Each is worth a visit (and sometimes, it's free); but to make planning your cultural experience a little easier, we've singled out the six can't-miss exhibitions that will be on display in San Francisco in 2019.

"Self, Made" at the Exploratorium

"Seld, Made" explores the universe of you. This bold and playful exhibition encourages all to explore the converging facets of identity and our journeys to find ourselves. So come as you are and don't be afraid to discover yourself.

On display May 23 - Sept. 2, 2019



“Tattoos in Japanese Prints” at Asian Art Museum

Uncover the interplay between ink on paper and ink on skin at Asian Art Museum's exhibition, "Tattoos in Japanese Prints". This exhibition underscores how the popular culture of late Edo-period Japan has continued to influence how we express ourselves today. Prints by Utagaza Kuniyoshi featuring tattooed heroes and warriors will be displayed.

On display May 31 - Aug. 18, 2019

"Daria Martin: Tonight the World" at The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Discover Daria Martin's multimedia exhibition, "Tonight the World," which artfully combines computer gaming technology and film to explore the memories of Martin's grandmother. This exhibition was brought to life using original dream diary entries from Martin's grandmother during her escape from Nazi occupation.

On display Jul. 27 - Feb. 19, 2020

"Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again" at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Iconic artist Andy Warhol is featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in an exclusive West Coast presentation of "Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again." Featuring more than 300 works, this collection provides new insight into Andy Warhol himself by examining the complexities of this enigmatic artist more than 30 years after his death.

On display May 19, 2019 - Sept. 2, 2019


"Early Rubens" at the Legion of Honor

This exhibit traces the artist Peter Paul Rubens’s rise to celebrity as a defining painter of the 17th century, showing the early development of his unique gift for depicting seductive and shocking narratives. More than 30 paintings and 20 works on paper will explore the artist’s meteoric rise through a series of social and artistic choices that laid the groundwork for his international fame.

On display Apr. 6 - Sep. 8, 2019


"Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World" at The Walt Disney Family Museum

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents “Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World,” a celebration of animation’s most beloved and recognizable character. This special exhibition chronicles Mickey’s impact and influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades, and tells the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal, juxtaposed with Walt Disney’s inspiring and parallel story.

On display May 16, 2019 - Jan. 6, 2020


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