The Legion of Honor

San Francisco, United States


  • 100 34th Avenue
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • 94121
  • United States

Opening times

9:30 am–5:15 pm

Closed most Mondays and select holidays


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The Legion of Honor was inspired by the French pavilion, itself a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, at San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. The museum opened in 1924 in the Beaux Arts–style building designed by George Applegarth on a bluff overlooking the Golden Gate. Its holdings span 4,000 years and include European painting, sculpture and decorative arts; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and the largest collection of works on paper in the American West.