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In keeping with the previous post(s) of museums in the city that’ve undergone dramatic transformations, I’d like to muse on the California Academy of Sciences.  Located in Golden Gate Park, the Academy sits directly across from the de Young Museum.  At 157 years old, the Academy is California’s oldest museum.  My first exposure to the museum was through class field trips.  I think I was in third grade when I first went.  I went a handful of times while in grade school, stopping when I entered middle school.  (more…)

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The last museum I’d like to discuss is the Asian Art Museum.  Back in the day, it was a wing of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.  Outside, adjacent to it, was the Japanese Tea Garden, which seems rather appropriate.  Whereas my memories of the “old” MOMA and de Young are rather lukewarm, my memories of the old Asian are quite favorable.  I was able to see some amazing exhibits, performances, and shows.  From 1990 to 2003, when it closed in the park, the museum went through a kind of golden age, at least for me it did.  (more…)

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The de Young Museum is another museum that has been radically transformed.  While its location remains the same, in Golden Gate Park, the change in the architecture, the building itself, has been like night and day.  The memories I have of the old de Young are lukewarm at best.  The art collection was a mishmash of different objects, styles, and eras.  I’d go occasionally to see some interesting exhibit, perhaps some blockbuster show, and to see its modern/contemporary art collection, which was very small.  As someone who really enjoys modern art, their collection was really somewhat disappointing.

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Three of San Francisco’s most well known and largest museums have undergone major upgrades and overhauls, or to be more precise, transformations, all within the past fifteen years.  The first one to undergo such a profound change, and the first I’d like to discuss, is the SF Museum of Modern Art.  Before it’s current incarnation, I remember when the museum was located in the War Memorial Veterans Building on Van Ness Avenue.  Back then, the museum was located on the third and fourth floors, above Herbst Theater.  (more…)

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