Built in commemoration of Californians who gave their lives in WWI, the French neoclassical Beaux-arts building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge houses a collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art. Collections include Rodin's Thinker, housed below the museum's distinctive pyramid skylight and surrounded by six additional galleries. The collection also focuses on European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and a large collection of prints and drawings. Formerly known as the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
The museum guide, Legion of Honor: Selected Works--Legion of Honor, is a useful handbook of this major regional collection of European art. It contains full color reproductions on glossy stock with brief, but scholarly entries. It opens with a very short history of the museum including some images to serve to prepare or as a reminder of one's visit.
State-of-the-art scientific techniques explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies.
Pre-Raphaelites and their inspiration: Italian and Netherlandish paintings, decorative arts, and tapestries
Explore themes of influence and exchange between India and Europe through precious works of art
Major international loan exhibition highlights Rubens' most innovative work
Images record the sudden transformation of a modern American metropolis