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San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2206
+1 415-749-4545
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Finally found it

For sometime I couldn't find the school. Kind of like a hidden gem. I was trying to follow google... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
pixiedreamer
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Columbus, Ohio
via mobile
Amazing Art Stop Inside and Out

This is a very cool art institute with a huge Diego Rivera mural in their main gallery space. You... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
Duygu A
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New York City, New York
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This is the oldest art school in the West, and the alma mater of some of the nation's most acclaimed artists.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good51%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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800 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94133-2206
Russian Hill
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

For sometime I couldn't find the school. Kind of like a hidden gem. I was trying to follow google maps from the bus stop, it was quite confusing, so I finally just started walking around. The place looks like an old church, which I'm guessing...More

Thank pixiedreamer
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is a very cool art institute with a huge Diego Rivera mural in their main gallery space. You can just drop by without tickets or any pre-planning. Check out their rooftop cafe for a coffee break and some killer views of the bay.

Thank Duygu A
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The forecourt with its fountain and greenery are so serene, and the art on the surrounding walls very interesting. Upstairs their is a cafe / canteen and also great views across SFO. On the lower level the students were working on their projects. A very...More

Thank gary w
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The rooftop deck of the S.F.Art Institute is a fantastic place to photograph San Francisco night or day. You also get to view the atrwork of the students on display there.

Thank Martin94109
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Great school to visit and check out the art on the walls from all the students Big mural by Diego Rivera inside the court yard Great views of the bay and Alcatraz Make sure you visit

Thank Elias B
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Located in the quiet residential area of Russian Hill, the institute is an arts college with exhibition spaces open to the public and free. The building is interesting architecturally because you enter an Italianate (?) courtyard with decorative fish pond, arched walkways and tiled roofs...More

Thank WineLoverBanbury
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We went there specifically to see the large Diego Rivera mural. In a room off to the left as you enter. Free but almost no information given. Just a couple minutes from the crookedest street. If you walk back towards the new addition area, you...More

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed 15 February 2016

A beautiful school in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful students creating beautiful works of art. Not to mention the beautiful Diego Rivera mural inside. Be sure to go to the roof, so you can get beautiful views and enjoy the cafe as well.

Thank JDZatSF
Reviewed 15 December 2015

A very special building and wonderful art show. Diego Rivera mural and wonderful Spanish style building from the 1930's.

Thank Vivi486
Reviewed 6 December 2015

The San Francisco Art Institute is amazing accepting. While we casually walked through its "campus", we enjoyed the artworks on display. The gem of the place is the roof top where you can have a stunning panorama view of the city.

2  Thank Phil Y
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Russian Hill
Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential
neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner.
Combined with several great cafes, restaurants,
antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any
visitor would gladly leave their heart in San
Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down
Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world,
and make the slow creep downhill past charming period
...More
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