de Young Museum, San Francisco

San Francisco's stunning de Young Museum, designed by Swiss Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, is located in the city's beautiful Golden Gate Park.

The museum describes the architectural concept: 'Constructed of warm, natural materials including copper, stone, wood and glass, the new de Young blends with and complements its natural surroundings. Ribbons of windows erase the boundary between the museum interior and the lush natural environment outside, and four public entrances segue naturally from the park’s pathways, welcoming visitors from all directions. The building’s dramatic copper facade is perforated and textured to replicate the impression made by light filtering through a tree canopy…'

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The northeast corner of the building features a 144-foot tower that spirals from the ground floor and aligns at the top with the grid formed by the streets of the Richmond and Sunset neighbourhoods surrounding the park. A public observation floor offers panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.

Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, talks and more. The café offers a special Friday Night dinner menu and a no-host cocktail bar offers drinks.

To help launch the forthcoming Picasso exhibition there will be a performance of Flamenco dancing on Friday 17 June.