Thursday, December 29, 2005

New Museums Near Yerba Buena Gardens

Two museums have recently joined the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood. The Museum of Craft and Folk Art moved from its long-time space at Fort Mason to 51 Yerba Buena Lane, a walkway that runs from Market to Mission Streets behind the San Francisco Marriott. "Folk Art for the Soul," the opening exhibit at this new locale, features a fine array of items from private collections in the Bay Area. The museum store has been revamped to feature jewelry and other crafts from local artists. The Museum is open Tuesday - Friday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

The other newcomer to this district is the Museum of the African Diaspora. This new museum showcases art from throughout the African Diaspora. The inaugural exhibits include "Linkages and Themes from the African Diaspora," "Dispersed: African Legacy/New World Reality," and "Made in Africa." This Museum is a part of the new St. Regis Hotel building at 685 Market Street (at Third Street). Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and major holidays.

These two museums join the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cartoon Art Museum, and California Historical Society in this great arts community. The Mexican museum and Contemporary Jewish Museum are scheduled to move nearby within a few years to create an even more vibrant neighborhood.

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