Travel: de Young Museum, The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

Years after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged the original de Young structure beyond repair, the new de Young Museum, on the original site, was the largest copper clad building in the world.

Set in Golden Gate Park, designed by Swiss based design firm Herzog & de Meuron, the new structure is 293,000 square feet with a 144 foot observation tower, a sculpture garden, Children’s garden, a huge Museum Store and an indoor/outdoor cafe.

The Summer of Love took place primarily in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.  It was ground zero for political, social and musical commentary with a focus on sex, drugs and rock & roll.

The Summer of Love exhibit runs until August 20, 2017.

The world as then defined by a San Francisco mapmaker.
An interesting poster of the political climate in 1967.


One of several galleries of poster art accompanied by music and light shows.


Pins of all topics were popular at the time, now vintage collectors items.


Several galleries of fashion of the time.


Jerry Garcia Hat


Album cover, note the hat!


Social commentary on a lamp post in front of the museum.

Note:  The museum courtyard, cafe, lobby, sculpture garden and tower are all accessible free of admission.  The special exhibits and the permanent collection require admission.

Also of note, the California Academy of Sciences including the Steinhart Aquarium are directly across the concourse.

Tower at the de Young Museum. Photo: SF Chronicle
Amazing 360 view from the tower. Photo: SF Chronicle

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