Legion of Honor: Visiting for Free on First Tuesday

Legion of Honor: Visiting for Free on First Tuesday

Rodin's The Thinker sits prominently in the Court of Honor outside of the Legion of Honor. 

Rodin's The Thinker sits prominently in the Court of Honor outside of the Legion of Honor. 

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.

This little girl had a whimsical step that beautifully illustrated how excited she was to be at the museum.

This little girl had a whimsical step that beautifully illustrated how excited she was to be at the museum.

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.

No hassle.

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. 

Another adorable kiddo enjoyed her day trip to the museum. I'm sure this pose in front of Monet's Water Lilies will get plenty of Likes!

Another adorable kiddo enjoyed her day trip to the museum. I'm sure this pose in front of Monet's Water Lilies will get plenty of Likes!

My favorite painting was this Renoir. I'm a sucker for landscapes that highlight fall colors. 

My favorite painting was this Renoir. I'm a sucker for landscapes that highlight fall colors. 

The museum's collection of Rodin sculptures is second only to the Musee Rodin in Paris. There are more than 80 sculptures covering all periods of his career.

The museum's collection of Rodin sculptures is second only to the Musee Rodin in Paris. There are more than 80 sculptures covering all periods of his career.

Plenty of places to sit if you get tired. Although when I see benches in museums, I don't think about sitting. Instead, I am reminded of The THomas Crown Affair.

Plenty of places to sit if you get tired. Although when I see benches in museums, I don't think about sitting. Instead, I am reminded of The THomas Crown Affair.

Notice how many people are making their way around. Nothing too crowded. Plenty of time to see everything! And it's the free day!

Notice how many people are making their way around. Nothing too crowded. Plenty of time to see everything! And it's the free day!

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.

Lands End Trail: A Scenic San Francisco Walk

Lands End Trail: A Scenic San Francisco Walk

Meandering through the Seattle Central Public Library

Meandering through the Seattle Central Public Library