Let’s be hopeful this Monday morning.
Welp, this is a bummer.
Smithsonian Magazine offers a free ticket (you can bring one guest) to visit any participating museums or cultural institutions annually. This year Smithsonian Museum day will fall on Saturday, April 4, 2020! How cool is that? If you’re a museum junkie like me, this would be the best time to visit a participating museum of your choice for FREE. But make sure you get there early. The lines can be crazy!
I took my son to the U.S.S. Hornet Museum in Alameda, California last year and it was awesome!
Here’s the link to search for a museum near you and print out your ticket:
This photo was taken from one of the alleyways off 24th Street. Throughout the Mission, you will find murals and graffiti art painted on walls and fences.
I grew up down the street near Dolores Park. My family rented an an apartment off 16th and Dolores. In the early 1970’s to early 80’s, my family paid roughly around $300 a month for rent. But since the tech boom in the 90’s and recent years, young professionals moved into the neighborhood initiating gentrification, raising rent and housing prices. I was browsing on YouTube and found this video describing gentrification in the Mission District. The neighborhood has changed a lot since I moved out of San Francisco. Check it out!
PLACES TO VISIT
- Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission Dolores Church), the oldest standing building in San Francisco, located on 16th and Dolores
- Dolores Park (located near the Mission Dolores Church) I will cover more about Dolores Park another day
- Precita Eyes Muralists
- Alley Cat Books, 24th Street and Treat
- Dianda’s Italian Pastry (My personal recommendation), 2883 Mission Street
- Clarion Alley and Balmy Alley for the street art enthusiasts
- “I hate food.” said no one ever! Dozens of taquerias are located throughout the neighborhood. If you’re craving tacos, the Mission District is the epicenter of authentic Mexican Food. It is also know to have a high concentration of Guatemalan, Salvadorean, and Nicaraguan restaurants. If you want to try a really good burrito, I highly recommend Papalote SF off 24th and Mission – don’t leave the restaurant without taking home a jar of their Roasted Tomato Salsa!
- Public Transportation is highly recommended to avoid spending countless minutes looking for a parking spot. If you plan to travel by BART, you can either get off at the 16th Street Bart Station or 24th Street Bart Station. By bus, you can take the 14 MISSION.
I will be posting a lot about the de Young Museum on my blog in the future since it’s one of my favorite fine arts museums to visit in San Francisco. The de Young is located in Golden Gate Park next to the very kid friendly California Academy of Sciences.
- Take public transportation, it’s a lot cheaper than paying for parking. The muni bus stops less than a block away from the museum.
- Admission is $15 for adults, FREE for the youngsters 17 years and under
- Take the elevator up to the Observation deck and catch a 360° view of the Golden Gate Park and parts of the city.
- Don’t forget your camera!
The life-sized “Delilah” white marble sculpture by William Wetmore Story is shown on display at the de Young.
“Delilah” was a character in the Hebrew Book of Judges. She was known as the ‘woman in the valley of Sorek’ whom Samson loved and who was his downfall.
Samson was one of the last judges of the Ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges. It has been said that Samson loved Delilah yet she betrayed him and she did it for money. Delilah was known to be one of the dangerous temptresses in the Hebrew Bible.
In 1950, the film “Samson and Delilah” was released.