The California Palace of the Legion of Honor –- commonly shortened to “Legion of Honor” -- is one of San Francisco’s fine arts museums, perched atop the cliffs of Lands End in the Outer Richmond neighborhood. The Legion of Honor building is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris, and was completed in 1924 as a memorial to the Californian soldiers who died in WWI.
In the 90s, major renovations expanded exhibit and restaurant space, and added seismic upgrades. The Legion Café, which also hosts special events like Sunday Jazz Brunch and Cinema Supper Club, has a view to the grounds and opens onto a large patio.
The first and most prominent exhibit as you enter the Legion is Rodin’s The Thinker in the courtyard. This bronze cast of the original was purchased by Alma Spreckels -- San Francisco Arts Patron -- along with the other Rodin sculptures now exhibited at the Legion of Honor.
Collections at the Legion span the centuries: Near East antiquities, European painting from the 14th century onward, six centuries of prints and drawings, 18th century porcelain from England and France, and, of course, the Rodin sculptures.
Special exhibits have included (among many others) “Georgia O’Keeffe: The Poetry of Things,” “Monet in Normandy,” “Eternal Egypt,” “Picasso as Book Illustrator,” and “Masterpieces of French Jewelry.”
Source: Legion of Honor
Docent tours are available everyday and are free with museum admission. In addition to regular exhibits and collections, the Legion of Honor offers lectures and musical performances, as well as special art and entertainment events like Cinema Supper Club and a Jazz Brunch. (See additional San Francisco Jazz Brunch selections.)
For updated listings, check the Legion of Honor's calendar of events.
- Muni Fast Pass or transfer receives a $2 discount
- Tickets to the Legion may be used on the same day for free entrance to the de Young
First Tuesday of each month is free. See complete list of Free Museum Days in San Francisco
See the San Francisco Museum Map for precise street location.
Parking: In front of the museum, on Legion of Honor Drive, and on El Camino del Mar