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.
60 paintings and pastels and 40 period hats examine the significance of the millinery trade in Paris, from 1875 to 1914.
18th century Europe: paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, and clothes
Classical works swathed in their original vibrant colors
Sculpture and ceramics by Rodin’s chief marble carver
33 works by Klimt and 25 Rodin sculptures & works on paper explore connections