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Palace of the Legion of Honor

Palace of Legion of Honor
San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor
Legion of Honor
San Francisco Legion of Honor

 

Description

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor is one of San Francisco’s fine arts museums, perched atop the cliffs of Lands End in the Outer Richmond neighborhood. The Legion of Honor building is a replica of the Palais de la Legion d'Honneur in Paris, and was completed in 1924 as a memorial to the Californian soldiers who died in WWI.
 
In the 90s, major renovations expanded exhibit and restaurant space, and added seismic upgrades. The Legion Café, which also hosts special events like Sunday Jazz Brunch and Cinema Supper Club, has a view to the grounds and opens onto a large patio.
The first and most prominent exhibit as you enter the Legion is Rodin’s Thinker in the courtyard. This bronze cast of the original was purchased by Alma Spreckels -- San Francisco Arts Patron -- along with the other Rodin sculptures now exhibited at the Legion of Honor.
Collections at the Legion span the centuries: Near East antiquities, European painting from the 14th century onward, six centuries of prints and drawings, 18th century porcelain from England and France, and, of course, the Rodin sculptures.