Legion of Honor: Visiting for Free on First Tuesday
On Tuesday, January 6th, My Person and I decided to take advantage of the free day at the Legion of Honor.
Now we live around Civic Center, so normally, we'd take the 38 bus. I've been on this bus. Once. It takes forever to traverse across the city. And the view out the window is less than stellar.
So Tuesday afternoon we hopped onto the 49 up Van Ness to Sacramento Street, and caught the 1, which took us through Pacific Heights and Laurel Heights.
Very fancy pants neighborhoods!
At 33rd and Geary, we caught the 18 for the last little jaunt into the Legion of Honor. Our route was a bit more circuitous, but the city scenery was much more enjoyable. Even if you're not entirely comfortable navigating public transportation, I would recommend this route. You'll see some beautiful million dollar homes, and some tiled staircases.
Once we arrived at Lincoln Park and the Legion of Honor, we were struck by the view of downtown. Everything, including the Transamerica Pyramid, looked so far away. We didn't even feel like we were in the city any more.
As we walked toward this museum, which was built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, we were immediately struck by the beauty of Rodin's Thinker. This particular bronze cast was commissioned and signed by Rodin within his lifetime.
My Person took a few photos, but was frustrated by the light. An hour later, he was back outside capturing better shots.
I'm not certain how many people visit the Legion of Honor on regular days, but this free day was quite reasonable. People were there, but it wasn't overly crowded. There were a few people within the ticketing area and their procedures weren't completely clear.
We decided to get in line just in case the museum required a complimentary ticket for keeping track of the number of visitors. One of the cashiers announced that it was the free day and anyone who did not want to purchase tickets for the special exhibits could go in.
No restrictions on being a resident.
No ID check.
Even the security guard was incredibly pleasant and efficient!
We started walking around the various galleries. One of my favorites housed art from the Impressionists.
After making our way around the various galleries, we did visit the museum gift shop. I was disappointed here. Sure everything is overpriced; it's a museum gift shop, but their selection of books, kids' items, and other memorabilia was limited. When we visited the deYoung a while ago, they had more variety of items and much more space.
However, if you're visiting San Francisco at the beginning of any month, you can't beat FREE admission to this stunning museum collection and the views from the grounds.
Tomorrow I'll have pictures from our walk along the Lands End Trail from the Legion of Honor to the Cliff House. I hope you come back to check out those pictures.