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Legion of Honor Museum- tickets, prices, discounts, what to expect

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The Legion of Honor is an art museum in San Francisco, founded in 1924, to honor Californians who died while serving in World War I.

It was once known as the California Palace of Legion of Honor and is now a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Legion of Honor Museum is renowned for its coveted permanent collections, Beaux-Arts architecture, and Lincoln Park location with city views. 

Along with antique art, European decorative objects, and beautiful prints and drawings, it boasts a wonderful collection. 

It has over 70 sculptures by Auguste Rodin, including a bronze replica of The Thinker, the artist’s most famous work.

This article shares everything you should know before booking tickets for the Museum of the Legion of Honor.

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What to expect at Legion of Honor Museum?

The Legion of Honor houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and has a collection of over 6,000 years of ancient and European art.

Ancient artworks from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome are on show in the Hall of Antiquities, together with sculptures, figurines, vases, jewelry, and carved reliefs. 

A 4,000-year-old wood carving of the Egyptian royal scribe Seneb is one of the notable pieces.

The museum houses a diverse collection of European artwork, with French works making up the majority. 

Its most notable collection consists of Auguste Rodin sculptures.

Casts of several of his most well-known works, including The Thinker in the Court of Honor, are on exhibit. 

Other artists in the collection include El Greco, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Gainsborough, and many of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists—Degas, Renoir, etc.

The European Decorative Arts collection at the museum includes:

  • A gilded Spanish ceiling from around 1500.
  • Numerous pieces of furniture, such as Horace Walpole’s commode from Strawberry Hill House, west of London.
  • Three-period rooms, the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille, Paris, are considered the only example of a Pre-Revolutionary Parisian salon to be displayed anywhere.

The museum has a research and study center, the Gunn Theater (formerly the Florence Gould Theater), where performances, plays, and lectures take place.

Your ticket to the Palace of Legion of Honor grants you access to this neoclassical museum’s huge art collection. 

The setting (overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in Lincoln Park) could hardly be more spectacular.

Where to buy Legion of Honor Museum tickets

Legion of Honor San Francisco tickets are available online and at the attraction ticket booth.

However, we recommend that you book your tickets online because it provides you with several perks.

– By booking tickets online, you can save money since you receive an online discount.

– You don’t have to travel to the attraction and exert yourself by waiting in long lines at the ticket counter.

– The tickets usually get sold out quickly. But you can prevent last-minute disappointments if you buy tickets online.

– Reserve now to keep your travel plans flexible.

How online ticket works

When you book your Legion of Honor Museum tickets, on the booking page, select your preferred date and the number of tickets and purchase them right away.

You will receive an email with your tickets as soon as you purchase them. 

There is no need for you to bring printouts.

On the day of your tour, show your Legion of Honour smartphone ticket with a valid ID at the Admissions Ticketing Desk, and you’ll receive the next available time slot for your visit. 

Special exhibition upgrades can be purchased at this time.

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Cost of Legion of Honor Museum tickets

The Legion of Honor tickets cost US $14 for all visitors aged 18 years and above.

Students with valid IDs get a US $8 discount and pay only US $6 for entry.

Tickets for seniors 65 years and above are also discounted and priced at US $12.

Children under 18 years can get into the museum for free.

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With this ticket, you get access to the Legion of Honor and De Young Museum and its collection of American art from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

The museum has over 124,000 works of art, from sculptures to European decorative arts, and the museum’s emblem.

You can examine two embalmed mummies at the museum on a virtual dissection table at The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine exhibition.

For impaired visitors, audio guides are available for free. 

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (18 to 64 years): US $14
Student Ticket (with valid student ID): US $6
Senior Ticket (65+ years): US $12
Child Ticket (up to 18 years): Free

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How to reach Legion of Honor Museum

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The Legion of Honor in San Francisco is located at Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

Address: Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue (at Clement Street), San Francisco, CA 94121. Get Directions.

We encourage you to take public transport to the museum, but you can also bring your personal vehicle.

By Bus

The nearest bus stop is Legion of Honor (available bus: 18), a 2-minute walk from the museum.

Another bus stop is Geary Blvd & 39th Ave (available buses: 38, 38R), 1.4 km (0.9 miles) away.

You can hire a cab or taxi or take a 10-minute walk.

By Car

Get in your car, open Google Maps, and proceed to your destination as you see fit.

Free accessible parking spaces are available on site.

Click here to view the nearest parking lots.

Legion of Honor Museum timings

San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 5.15 pm.

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How long does Legion of Honor Museum take

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If you are in a hurry, it will take two hours to explore the Legion of Honor Museum.

However, if you plan to see every exhibit, artifact, and collection, you’d need at least three hours. 

Best time to go to Legion of Honor Museum

The best time to visit the Legion of Honor San Francisco is as soon as it opens at 9.30 am.

You can experience and enjoy your tour when fewer visitors are around in the morning.

Since the museum can get busy on weekends, weekdays are better for visiting and exploring the place.

Things to Remember

– The museum and all entrances are wheelchair accessible.

– You will receive the next available entry time upon arrival due to crowd management.

– Free, regular guided tours are available on Tuesday – Sunday; no reservation is required.

– A touchless bottle filling station is available on the lower level of the de Young.

– The café at the Museum is open from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm for limited indoor dining and outdoor dining on the Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden Terrace.

– The museum has accessible bathrooms, gender-neutral bathrooms, and nursing / changing rooms.

– Sketching with pencils on a small (9″ x 12″ or smaller) hand-held pad is permitted exclusively in the permanent collection.


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