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Legion of Honor Museum and Lincoln Park



San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum, standing majestically in Lincoln Park and overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, is a beacon of art and history that beckons visitors from around the globe. This temple of culture, dedicated to the memory of Californian soldiers who perished in World War I, is not just a museum; it’s a journey through 4,000 years of ancient and European art, enriched with stories, beauty, and inspiration.

Rodin Thinker Scupture at Legion of Honor Museum
Rodin Thinker Scupture at Legion of Honor Museum


Legion of Honor Museum History 

Inaugurated in 1924, the Legion of Honor Museum, also known as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, is a three-quarter scale adaptation of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris. Funded by Adolph Spreckels, a sugar magnate, and his wife Alma, the museum was conceived as a tribute to Californian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. A significant renovation between 1992 and 1995 not only strengthened the museum seismically but also added six special exhibition galleries and a striking glass pyramid skylight. Interestingly, the renovation unearthed Gold Rush-era remains and artifacts, adding a layer of historical intrigue beneath its foundations.

Legion of Honor Museum Today

Today, the Legion of Honor stands as a pivotal cultural institution in San Francisco, offering a vast array of ancient and European artworks, including masterpieces by Rodin like the iconic Thinker in the Court of Honor. The museum’s location in Lincoln Park affords visitors breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands, making it a must-visit destination.

Lincoln Park

A 100-acre park in the city’s northwestern corner offers superb views of downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin Headlands. Its main features are an 18-hole public golf course and the Legion of Honor museum, with its fine collections of European paintings, European decorative arts and sculpture — including a series of masterworks by Auguste Rodin — and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the largest repository of works of art on paper in the western United States.

Sculptor George Segal’s moving Holocaust Memorial is in a grove of trees across the street from the Legion of Honor.

Hikers can pick up the California Coastal Trail here and travel west along the steep cliffs of Land’s End, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, to the ocean; or east to Baker Beach and the Presidio.

Not to be Missed

  • Rodin’s Thinker: A visit to the Legion is incomplete without marveling at Rodin’s contemplative sculpture.
  • Current Exhibitions: Engage with the museum’s dynamic exhibition schedule, which includes a range of ancient to modern artworks. 
  • Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts: Explore the largest collection of works on paper in the western United States.

Location, Address, Website, and Hours

  • Location: Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
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  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:15 pm; Closed most Mondays and holidays. General admission starts at $15, with free admission for youth 17 and under. Free admission is available the first Tuesday of every month.

Why You Should Visit

The Legion of Honor Museum is a sanctuary of art and history that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply seeking a beautiful place to spend the day, the museum’s stunning architecture, expansive collections, and breathtaking views provide an enriching, educational, and enjoyable experience.

Legion of Honor Museum Facts

  • Did you know? The museum’s renovation unearthed remains from the Gold Rush era, revealing a hidden layer of San Francisco’s history.
  • Did you know? The Legion of Honor is a three-quarter scale adaptation of a Parisian palace, directly connecting San Francisco to French art and culture.

Exploring the Legion of Honor Museum offers a unique glimpse into the past, present, and future of art and culture. Its historical significance, combined with an impressive collection of artworks and an unbeatable location, makes it a cornerstone of San Francisco’s cultural landscape. This museum is not just a place to visit; it’s an experience to remember.


Nearby Points of Interest

 arguably one of the world’s most beautiful bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge is an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco. Over 45 million vehicles cross the bridge annually!
 Where else can you see carnivorous plants, a herd of bison, centuries-old artwork, and year-round concerts? Golden Gate Park has something to offer everyone. Rent a paddleboat on Blue Heron Lake, bike on a surrey around the park, or take an E-scooter GPS-guided tour and learn the park’s history. Whatever activity you choose, you are sure to have a blast!
 is located at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge and contains Fort Point, Crissy Field, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. Once a U.S. Army post, today the Presidio is a national park unlike any you have experienced before. Home to museums, restaurants, recreational destinations, art installations, trails, and the best views of the Golden Gate.

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