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The Best Arts & Culture Hidden Gems in San Francisco


Looking for stunning architecture and all kinds of ways to immerse yourself in art? Look no further than San Francisco. Despite its reputation as a hub for tech startups, the Golden City boasts a laundry extensive list of enriching attractions and fascinating exhibits. What’s more, SF’s head-spinning selection of unique museums covers everything from motion pictures to optical illusions and is sure to satisfy even the most niche interests.

Whether you’re visiting for a business meeting or a weekend getaway, Club Quarters San Francisco serves as the perfect place to explore the city from. Plan your stay with our local’s guide to San Francisco.

Cultural Centers, Exhibits & Events

Head to the Yerba Buena Cultural Center (YBCA, for short), for exhibits covering contemporary art, film, civic engagement, performance and public life — all by artists that are at the heart of social and cultural movements. It’s also less than a 20-minute walk from Club Quarters San Francisco. The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is also a must-visit. This multicultural, multidisciplinary arts organization aims to make Latino art accessible through fascinating rotating exhibits. It’s also just 20 minutes away from the hotel by light rail. If your visit to the city coincides with the Chinese New Year, you’re in for a treat. San Francisco’s Chinese New Year celebration is one of the biggest in the world. Usually held in January, February or March, it features an unforgettable Grand Parade and an entire month of activities.

 

Museums & Gardens

San Francisco brims with interesting museums covering all kinds of subjects. Spend the morning perusing European, American, African and Oceanic Art at the De Young in Golden Gate Park, where collections also include photography, costumes and textiles. The De Young is also home to the lovely Queen Wilhelmina Garden, known for its stunning tulip garden and many meadows, groves and lakes. The best part? It’s just a 20-minute drive away from Club Quarters San Francisco. Once you’ve spent some time exploring both, walk three minutes south to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for a bit of fresh air and some beautiful flora. If you’re into ancient artifacts, you’ll find items from around the world at Lincoln Park’s Legion of Honor Museum, less than a 30-minute drive across town from the hotel. In the mood for something quirky? Add San Francisco’s Museum of 3D Illusions to your list. Finally, no visit to San Francisco is complete without a stop at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum on Mason Street. Located in a historic cable car barn and powerhouse, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s transportation history.

Already getting ideas for your next visit to San Francisco? Browse our San Francisco destinations page or book now and let Club Quarters serve your home in the Golden City.

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