San Francisco, like most cities, is a bit of a cultural hub between the Victorian architecture, museums, street art, natural landscape, and Golden Gate Bridge.
Basically, you have a million options for how to spend a day. And no surprise, we opted for some museums starting with the Legion of Honor.
The Legion of Honor sits above the Lands End lookout points and trail.
While it was sunny down by our breakfast spot, as we climbed up the hill to the museum we entered a world of fog and mist.
A pretty and dramatic setting for this marble colonnaded building.
Currently, there's a special exhibition on early Rubens — which I recommend getting a ticket for as it was included with the regular price.
Special exhibitions are on the lower level, but let me first tell you about the main collection and I'll give Rubens his own post.
The main galleries are set up in a U shape that encircles the building so we worked our way from one far end to the other.
Starting chronologically with the medieval and Renaissance objects (the perfect place to start in my book!)
Their collection is pretty incredible and you'll spot a few names you know well while discovering artists you wish had been in your life sooner.
I was surprised to find the central sculpture hall filled with Rodin's work. Sculpture after sculpture depicting the grace and beauty of his work.
The museum isn't gigantic so you never feel overwhelmed, and the layout doesn't feel like you'll get lost.
The collection goes all the way up to the modern period.
I definitely suggest adding this to the list for when you're next in SF — besides, you can pop down for a short 20minute walk to Lands End and try to sneak a peak of the Golden Gate!