I look forward to the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit at the Fine Arts (DeYoung) Museum located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every year. It’s an exhibit which fills almost the entire museum with floral arrangements, transforming it into a delightful attraction for both art and flower lovers. It’s an absolute delight to visit the museum during this exhibit, and to me, it’s the best time to visit!
Each flower arrangement is created by a different floral artist and is inspired by a specific work of art. They are often very creative, clever and beautiful at the same time. I love flowers and I love art, and this exhibit brings the two together in such a memorable and fun way! If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, this is a must see! It typically occurs in March, and due to the nature of cut flowers, the show runs for less than a week.
This year’s show was wonderful as always. My favorites were the climber bear made of baby roses with hands made of buds (so cute!!), and the black and white arrangement with orchids in the modern art section of the museum, which I feel complements the artwork very well and is a work of art itself.
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The DeYoung Fine Arts Museum
The DeYoung Fine Arts Museum is one of the premier art museums in San Francisco. It’s located in the beautiful Golden Gate Park.
For 2019, adult admissions fee for the Bouquets to Art exhibit was $28. Typical admissions fee to the museum is $15 (2020 pricing). It’s a great time to join as a member to get unlimited free admissions for yourself and a guest to both the DeYoung Museum and the Legion of Honor museum!
Due to the popularity of this exhibit, be prepared for crowds. Large crowds. Despite my hopes, the members-only hours are not any less crowded. Perhaps the only way to see the exhibit with less crowds is to book one of the VIP events. Regardless of the crowd size though, the exhibit is always worth it!
From my experience, while the flowers are most fresh during the beginning of the exhibit, the crowds are typically heavier then also.
After the exhibit, treat yourself to panoramic views of the city and beyond from the 9th story glass-walled observation deck of the Hamon Observation Tower! The onsite cafe is very convenient and good too.
There are many other wonderful attractions in Golden Gate Park near the DeYoung Museum that I highly recommend visiting if you have time:
- The California Academy of Sciences, a world-class natural history museum just across the Music Concourse. The modernist building is designed by famed architect Renzo Piano.
- The lovely and tranquil Japanese Tea Garden next to the DeYoung Museum.
- The 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden just a few minutes walk away. I love visiting this garden especially in January and February when the magnificent magnolias and camellias are in bloom!
- The Conservatory of Flowers in the famous white glass building, a 15-minute walk away
By the way, if you love flowers as much as I do, you might be interested in my post on the Most Beautiful Flower Books – it’s one of my most popular posts!
Hi, I’m Pansy!
Hello, thanks for stopping by! I’m Pansy, California-based travel + lifestyle blogger, photographer and lover of ALL the pretty flowers! If you browse through my blog, you may notice that most of my travels, DIY and photography center around flowers and nature! 🌸🌼🌿