The reopening of the SFMOMA in 2016—the largest modern art museum in the country—cemented San Francisco’s reputation as an arts destination. That reputation extends back to the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915, when millions of people from around the world came to appreciate the thousands of works of art on display. Today, the city is home to numerous world-class museums and fine-art galleries showcasing works from just about every period and style you can think of.
But you don’t have to go to a museum to experience the arts in San Francisco; a myriad of public art installations are scattered throughout the city’s many neighborhoods. Three Diego Rivera frescos are permanently installed around town, and several locations, including Coit Tower, are home to murals commissioned by the Works Progress Administration (a New Deal agency employing millions of unskilled workers to carry out public works projects) in the 1930s. Read on for a look at the best of San Francisco’s art scene.