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Best Art Galleries in San Francisco

May 19, 2021 (Last updated)

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San Francisco's fresh art scene is a major draw to the city. History bristles in this wonderful city and there are some splendid institutions scattered around that offer visitors the chance to explore San Francisco's opulent cultural heritage. However, many do not know where to begin when it comes to finding the best galleries. 

Here's a list of the galleries where you can browse the work of some of the top talents in the city. 

The Midway Gallery

The Midway Gallery is a vast space that features technology, music, a range of performing arts, as well as culinary arts. The Gallery creates a platform for emerging artists to exhibit their talents to San Francisco's art audience. The Midway is a must-see if you visit San Francisco. 

Berggruen Gallery

This gallery presents American and European works of art from the 20th century. The Berggruen Gallery has created a reputation for itself for impressive contemporary pieces. Located right around the corner from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, you can spend the whole day hopping from one museum to the next. 

Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Attached to the California College of the Arts is the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, founded in 1998. The institute serves both as an exhibition space and research center for unknown artists. The institute also features art by the famous Sotheby and Julia Heyward. The 2nd floor of the institute often highlights performance art and other idiomatic experiences. Wattis Institute is free to the public, so stop by! 


When you are wandering through SoMa, step into ArtHaus for cocktail receptions surrounded by sensational pieces. Featuring prominent Bay Area and New York-based artists, the gallery remains familiar enough that you'll likely run into the founders James Bucchi and Annette Schutz. 

Creativity Explored

Everyone knows that art derives from a deep human desire for self-expression. Creativity Explored displays pieces created by artists with disabilities to highlight their voices by sharing their work. Operating as both a studio and gallery space, the Mission District headquarters serves their community by glorifying the impact of art on the human heart.

Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Set in a beautiful 1900's mansion, Anthony Meier Fine Arts' space is as magnificent as the pieces that are housed within. Arising as an art dealer in the 1980s, Meier has spent 40 years smoothing his craft of curating fine art from all over the world. His specialty is post-WWII contemporary. The gallery hosts five shows per year which are constant in showcasing artists such as photographer Erica Dememan and contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama. 

Serge Sorokko Gallery

Serge Sorokko opened its doors on Geary Street back in 1984. Serge is an internationally recognized victor of contemporary and post-war artwork. His gallery displays a spectrum of mediums including paintings, sculpture, photography, and paper drawings. 

Hashimoto Contemporary

Hashimoto Contemporary exhibits contemporary art that is eye-catching and distinguished. They display a variety of artists and vary creatively with every presentation. As an example, for Crystal Wagner's solo show, the gallery's walls were the backdrop for elevated paper installations. 

DeYoung Museum

Established in Golden Gate Park, the deYoung has been a part of San Francisco's vibrant culture since 1895. The modern building houses American art collections from the 17th through the 20th centuries, as well as textile arts and works from Africa, and the Americas. 

Catharine Clark Gallery

Catherine Clark Gallery is a well-celebrated San Francisco gallery that was founded in the early 1990s. A variety of media is represented in the gallery's program. It was one of the earliest art galleries in San Francisco that began offering new media art. The gallery artists are shown at famous international institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2013, Catherine Clark Gallery moved to a new location at 248 Utah Street between 15th and 16th Streets. 

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