California has a ton of art museums available to the public.

On a trip there, I made sure to visit as many art museums as I could and I ended up visiting around ten.

There are three museums that really stood out and I want to talk about them today.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA)

The SF MOMA was easily my favorite museum and it actually wasn’t because of the art they displayed there.

The really cool thing about SF MOMA is that they aren’t just a building that displays art. They are on a mission to “transform people’s lives” by showing them modern art pieces in a very intrinsic way.


I really love that and that is why it’s my favorite. Many art museums just try and get the most rare, unique, and famous pieces while this museum focuses more on the effect art pieces have. It’s more about art than the people behind it, which is great.

You can find all kinds of modern art pieces showcased here – over 26,000 pieces in total. They have everything from paintings, sculptures, architecture, photography and so much more.

If you’re ever in the San Francisco area, make sure to check the SF MOMA out. They have free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.

They are located at:

151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Located in Malibu, this museum is beautiful.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice this isn’t any ordinary museum. It’s an elegant estate that looks fit for the Queen of England. It was built by a man named Getty who apparently was one of the richest men who ever lived.

He had the museum built for the public to be able to access beautiful art conveniently and easily.

This museum features very rare artwork and even includes an unseen piece from Michelangelo that they bought in 1992 for $6.3 million. This is a great museum to see rare works of art for free. Entrance is free, but there is a $15 parking fee.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

Asian Art Museum

Also in San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum doesn’t look like anything special from the outside (well compared to The Getty), but on the inside is some magnificent pieces that are often overshadowed by European art.

Because of this shadow, the Asian Art Museum doesn’t only just display art. They have permanent art and often have unique exhibitions where they feature a certain theme of pieces.

Additionally, they are also focused on educating their patrons through films, lectures, workshops, and more… for free!

I really liked this museum because it is very peaceful and they have a lot of reading material for their patrons about each piece. I was in here for hours and time as flying by. I could days in this museum learning about all different cultures throughout Asia.

If I lived in San Francisco, I would be sure to see each of the new exhibits when I can.

The Asian Art Museum is located at:

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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