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Site-specific Highlights

The Spreckels Organ

The Legion of Honor's magnificent pipe organ was built in 1924 by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company of Boston. It was given to the Legion for its opening in 1924 by John D. Spreckels in honor of his brother Adolph who co-founded the museum with his wife Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.The... View More

The Thinker

Rodin's Thinker is perhaps his best known monumental work, first conceived circa 1880–1881 as a depiction of the poet Dante. The image evolved until it no longer represented Dante, but all poets or creators.The work was designed to occupy the center of the tympanum of The Gates of Hell, which were... View More

The Book of Gold

San Francisco’s Legion of Honor was inspired by the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, which houses Napoleon’s order of merit. Dedicated on Armistice (Veteran’s) Day, November 11, 1924, the Legion of Honor was given by Adolph and Alma Spreckels to the people of San Francisco to honor the... View More