de Young Café

de Young Café Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Lunch menu 11 am–3:30 pm

Reservations not accepted.

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Take a break from viewing the exhibitions with a meal or snack at the Museum Cafés, which feature a variety of dining options created by McCalls Catering & Events, San Francisco’s leading purveyor of exceptional catering and museum dining.



The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are committed to offering services that make its collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to all visitors. Programs and visiting options for individuals with disabilities as well as other underserved populations in the community are crucial for creating equity in access to the arts.


Public Transportation

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Phone: 311

Golden Gate Park Shuttle

Additional public transportation information may be found at

Muni to Golden Gate Park

Muni riders save $2 on adult museum admission. Simply present your valid Muni FastPass or transfer to the cashier when purchasing your admission ticket.

44-O'Shaughnessy Bus

Stops near the front of the museum on Tea Garden Drive (southbound) and on Concourse Drive near the Academy of Sciences (northbound).

5 or 5L-Fulton Bus

Stops at 8th Avenue and Fulton Street, just outside of the park. From 8th, walk into the park and turn right on John F. Kennedy Drive to reach the museum's tower entrance.


Kiki Smith: Near, 2005


Kiki Smith’s large-scale sculpture Near, a gift of Dorothy and George Saxe and the Friends of New Art, reinterprets David, Joanna, and Abigail Mason (1670), attributed to the Freake-Gibbs Painter, a holding of the de Young’s American Paintings Collection. Elements of the piece also evoke the unconventional layout and dramatic copper skin of the de Young building itself.

Andy Goldsworthy: Drawn Stone, 2005


In 2003, the Fine Arts Museums asked Andy Goldsworthy to develop a proposal for a site-specific work that could be incorporated into the new de Young Museum. Like the intersecting diagonals of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the museum building, Goldsworthy’s work is inspired by the unique character of California’s tectonic topography. Working with the Appleton Greenmoore stone imported from Yorkshire, England, that will surround the new de Young building, Goldsworthy is creating a continuous crack running north from the edge of the Music Concourse roadway in front of the museum, up the main walkway, into the exterior courtyard, and up to the main entrance door.

James Turrell: Three Gems, 2005


Also commissioned for the de Young is a new work of art by renowned California artist James Turrell (b. 1943), best known for his visionary work with light. Created specifically for a site in the new de Young’s Osher Sculpture Garden, it is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osher. This "skyspace," titled Three Gems, is the first work by Turrell to enter the museum’s collections. It is a subterranean installation that will feature a view of the sky altered by L.E.D. lighting effects, and that highlights changing light and weather conditions outside.

Site-specific Art Commissioned for the de Young


The de Young has commissioned several leading contemporary artists, including Gerhard Richter, James Turrell, Andy Goldsworthy, and Kiki Smith to create site-specific works for the new building.

For the de Young German artist Gerhard Richter has produced a large-scale mural from digitally manipulated photographs that together form a geometric black-and-white motif. The monumental piece, titled Strontium, is constructed of 130 digital prints mounted on aluminum with Plexiglas coating. It is installed in Wilsey Court, the central public gathering space of the new de Young.


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