San Francisco art legacy is placed among the most significant in the world. The city has over thirty FREE arts events weekly, which celebrate all genres of music, literature, painting, drama and cinema. San Francisco annually holds the annual West Coast's Largest Arts & Crafts Show and Sale, scheduled for August 12 - 13, this year. The show includes lectures and tours, such interesting exhibits as arts and crafts antiques, vintage Native American artworks and western art collections.
The cultural and ethnical diversity of San Francisco has found a direct reflection in San Francisco art and is represented in artworks and masterpieces, created by different cultures and nations as well as in ethnic festivals and celebrations. For instance, San Francisco Japan Town will celebrate the Japantown Fun Fest and Craft Fair on April 1, 2006, which will highlight many unique crafts, gift items and clothing vendors for an exciting shopping experience as well as children arts and crafts, carnival games, entertainment food and a silent auction. The admission to the festival is free.
Numerous ethnic and national American art collections are contained in a variety of San Francisco art museums, some of the finest museums in the world. The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest Asian art collections in the Western world with over thirteen thousand art objects, spanning six thousand years of history. This spring, the Asian Art Museum presents the Elegant Gathering, an exhibition, containing eighty majestic examples of Chinese painting and calligraphy, dating back to the seventeenth century, selected from the Yen Family collection and donated by the famous Cantonese family. The collection is considered the first collection of Chinese educated elite.
For the experience of contemporary San Francisco art exhibits and collections, visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, featuring the 20th century art in a variety of media. The museum's current photo exhibition 1906: A Disaster in Pictures is an awesome display of 1906 San Francisco earthquake that ruined much of the city's architecture and took thousands of lives.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which include the de Young in the Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in the Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in the City of San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in the United States. The de Young is the oldest museum in San Francisco. Its collections include American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, and arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, as well as western and non-western textiles.
The Legion of Honor's collections includes European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country. In addition, this San Francisco art museum is especially notable for its spectacular architecture, beautiful setting and wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and entire San Francisco.
Wander for a while from the diversity of San Francisco art and visit also the Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to over six thousand and five hundred specimens of the Marine life, indigenous to the Monterey Bay, the Lawrence Hall of Science with interactive exhibits in geology, animal behavior and plant life and the San Francisco Zoo that houses about two hundred and fifty species of animals. These places are great playgrounds for families with children!