Salon Doré Conservation

For 18 months, from 2012 to 2014, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco conservators and technicians worked to conserve and restore the 18th-century period room known as the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor. This complex project brought together a diverse team of experts, from architects to electricians, each with a unique skill set necessary for the project’s successful execution. Throughout the entire process, conservators worked in an open gallery that allowed the public to observe their work in action.


Salon Doré Map

Although the Legion of Honor’s new presentation of the Salon Doré is the first of its kind in an American museum, there are several other similar French period rooms in Europe, the United States, and beyond. Compare the Salon Doré’s new installation with other 18th-century period rooms around the world in this interactive map.



The Salon Doré: History

Since its first known installation in 1781, the Salon Doré has been moved seven times, including its most recent renovation. Following the fortunes of aristocrats, collectors, and art dealers, the period room finally made its way into the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1959.


Slow Art Day Discussion

Legion of Honor
April 12, 2014 - 11:00am12:00pm

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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