Slow Art Day

slow art day
April 11, 2015 -

One day each Spring people all over the world visit museums and galleries to look at art slowly.

The structure of Slow Art Day is simple: visit a museum, choose a work of art, and spend five to ten minutes engaging with it. Discuss your experience with friends or join the online conversation using #SlowArtDay. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the practice of seeing.

Looking with a Soft Gaze with Stephen Holtzman
2–3 pm | de Young

Opening Celebration: "High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection"

Charles James, "Tree" ball gown
March 14, 2015 -

Join us for the opening day celebration of High Style: The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection featuring live music, art making for all, lectures, and more.

11 am–noon
Florence Gould Theater
Lecture by Jan Reeder, consulting curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mixed-Media Art-Making Station

Image Asta Karalis
March 14, 2015 -

In celebration of the opening of the special exhibition, High Style: the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, Legion of Honor teaching artists offer exhibition-themed art-making activities.

Visitors are invited to make their own cocktail hats and fascinators inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli's surrealist works, including the patterns, colors, motifs, and imagery seen in the exhibition.

Artists encourage everyone of all ages to participate and tap into their creativity.

Veterans Day Celebration and "Downton Abbey" Screening

The Cast of Downtown Abbey
November 11, 2014 -

In honor of all of those who have served the country, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission on Veterans Day to all veterans and active military personnel with military ID.

Book of Gold

On Armistice Day in 1924, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor opened its doors to the public. Dedicated to the 3,600 California soldiers, sailors, and marines who gave their lives during World War I, the Legion of Honor pledged to “honor the dead while serving the living.”

Tango de la Turca

La Milonga de Paris
October 5, 2014 -

Come to La Milonga de La Turca, celebrating Parmigianino's illustrious portrait Schiava turca. Sensuous Argentine tango music will fill the courtyard leading into the museum to the delight of tango dancers and museum visitors. 

Bank of America "Museums on Us"

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Bank of America is a proud a supporter of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. During Museums on Us weekends, the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders receive complimentary general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor. Tickets are available on site on the day of visit only and are subject to availability. It is recommended that visitors arrive early for best assurance of entry. Learn more at

Slow Art Day Discussion

Legion of Honor
April 12, 2014 -

One day each year—April 12 in 2014—people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

Please join us in the museum café for an unguided group discussion of your Slow Art Day observations.


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