Chapter 16. M.H. de Young Museum

M.H. de Young Museum

The M.H. de Young Museum taken on a cloudy autumn afternoon. Taken at ISO 200, f/11, 1/80 second with a 70–200mm lens.

Why It's Worth a Photograph

The M.H. de Young Museum has been a favorite of both San Francisco locals and visitors since 1895 and is an integral part of San Francisco culture. Originally housed in a building from an international exposition, the De Young, as it's commonly called, was rebuilt and reopened in 2005 as a state-of-the-art facility that integrates art, architecture, and the natural landscape in one multifaceted museum. Designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the De Young provides San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase priceless collections of American, African, and Pacific art from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. The ultramodern museum, constructed of copper, stone, and glass, complements its natural surroundings.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The De Young Museum is located in Golden Gate Park (see A on the map), and its dramatic copper facade is the showcase for any photographer.

Where Can I Get the Best Shot?

The best location from which to photograph the M.H. de Young Museum: (A) the grounds of the museum. Other photo ops: (2) California Academy of Sciences, (6) Conservatory ...

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