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There's always something new coming to San Francisco's museums, with some of the top exhibits in the world wanting to stop in San Francisco for a while. Who can blame them? Check the websites regularly and mark your calendars.
Currently (as of early 2013) at San Francisco's Fine Arts Museums---the de Young and the Legion of Honor--- there are two exhibts offering visitors a rare look at old Europe.
At the de Young, the Dutch Golden Age is on display in a stunning exhibit called Girl With The Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis that includes 35 paintings from Rembrandt, Hals, Steen and other, plus the eponymous painting by Johannes Vermeer. The exhibit runs through June 2 and tickets for specific dates and times can be purchased online. Beginning March 29, the de Young will stay open later on Fridays, until 8:45pm.
Over at the stunning Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, visitors can spend a day in Paris at the Royal Treasures of the Louvre. But hurry, the exhibit closes March 17. The collection of decorative arts takes you through the French monarchy from Louis XIV to the French Revolution in 1789. This is the first time these pieces have been on exhibit in the USA.
Though it’s called the Financial District, this bustling area of San Francisco is a great place to explore the city’s diverse museums and their fascinating new exhibits.
Look up in the sky — is that a bird, a plane or is it Superman? Explore 75 years of the iconic Man of Steel at the Cartoon Art Museum from May 11 to Sept. 8, 2013. As the 100th birthday of Gordon Parks, the seminal African-American photographer approaches, the Museum of the African Diaspora in the Financial District displays some of his most moving photos from May 31 to Sept 29, 2013. Besides being an accomplished photographer, Parks was a composer, writer and filmmaker whose works chronicled America’s changing social and cultural structure, often through the eyes of African Americans. A micro exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores works by French modernist painter Henri Matisse. The 23 paintings, drawings and bronzes that chart the course of Matisse’s career will be on display from Nov. 9, 2013 through Sept. 7, 2014.