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NADA 2015

What to Experience: Culture Fanatic


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Whether you're intersted in museums, science, beautiful gardens or want to completely immerse yourself in a different culture, San Francisco has you covered.

Here you will find the most popular cultural attractions and communities to add a little more flavor to your NADA 2015 visit.


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California Academy of Sciences


California Academy of Sciences on Yelp

Explore an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum - all under one living roof. California Academy of Sciences is home to engaging exhibits and shows, charismatic live animals from around the world, and a fascinating team of scientists and presenters working to explore, explain, and sustain the diversity of life.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118 (4.6 miles from NADA 2015)

Daily:  9:30am – 5pm
Sundays: 11am – 5pm
Phone: (415) 379-8000




Exploratorium on Yelp

The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness and can increase your confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages. The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place—in San Francisco and online—to explore how the world works. For 40-plus years, we’ve offered creative, thought-provoking exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Pier 15
San Francisco, CA 94111 (1.9 miles from NADA 2015)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm (6pm 10pm for ages 18+)
Friday: 10am 5pm
Saturday: 10am 5pm
Sunday: 10am 5pm
Phone: (415) 528-4444


Palace of Fine Arts


Palace of Fine Arts on Yelp

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented there. One of only a few surviving structures from the Exposition, it is the only one still situated on its original site. It was rebuilt in 1965, and renovation of the lagoon, walkways, and a seismic retrofit were completed in early 2009. In addition to hosting art exhibitions, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals, and is a favorite location for weddings and wedding party photographs for couples throughout the San Francisco bay area.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123 (4.5 miles miles from NADA 2015)

Daily 11:30am - 2:00am
Phone: (415) 567-6642




Chinatown on Yelp

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. Since its establishment in 1848, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. While recent immigrants and the elderly choose to live in here because of the availability of affordable housing and their familiarity with the culture, the place is also a major tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

Grant Ave. & Bush St.
San Francisco, CA 94101(1.8 miles from NADA 2015)


Asian Art Museum


Asian Art Museum on Yelp

The Asian Art Museum's mission is to lead a diverse global audience in discovering the unique material, aesthetic, and intellectual achievements of Asian art and culture. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.

Artistic and educational programs empower visitors to discover the relevance of great artworks in profoundly personal ways. Immersed in our galleries, visitors ponder the universal values found in human expression. Through the bustle of daily programs, students of the world steep in cultures through art, music, dance, and tradition. In the clamor of our classrooms, children build bridges to old and new worlds.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102 (1.3 miles from NADA 2015)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Phone: (415) 581-3500


Japanese Tea Garden


Japanese Tea Garden on Yelp

The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Originally created as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the site originally spanned about one acre and showcased a Japanese style garden. When the fair closed, Mr. Hagiwara expanded the garden to its current size of approximately 5 acres. Today, the Japanese Tea Garden endures as one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, featuring classic elements such as an arched drum bridge, pagodas, stone lanterns, stepping stone paths, native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds and a zen garden.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118  (5.0 mile from NADA 2015)

Daily 9am - 4:45pm
Phone: (415) 752-1171


Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


de Young Musuem on Yelp
Legion of Honor on Yelp

The de Young Museum originated as the Fine Arts Building, which was constructed in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition in 1894. Over the years, the de Young has grown from an attraction originally designed to temporarily house an eclectic collection of exotic oddities and curiosities to the foremost museum in the western United States concentrating on American art, international textile arts and costumes, and art of the ancient Americas, Oceania and Africa.

High on the headlands above the Golden Gate - where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay - stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building. The Legion of Honor was accepted by the city of San Francisco as a museum of fine arts dedicated to the memory of the 3,600 California men who had lost their lives on the battlefields of France during World War I.

Locations, Hours & Contact Info.

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118 (4.8 miles from NADA2015)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30am - 5:15pm
Phone: (415) 750-3600


Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121 (6.7 miles from NADA 2015)
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30am - 5:15pm
Phone: (415) 750-3600