Arts & Culture

Public Art
in San Francisco

From your first steps off the plane at SFO to our biggest and brightest bridge, you'll discover that San Francisco has public art everywhere.

Cupids Bow on the Embarcadero
Cupid's Bow is a popular outdoor spot alongside the Embarcadero.

Mosaic stairs that scale our steep hills, sky-high illuminated installations along large buildings, and murals that tell forgotten or overlooked histories—these are just some examples of the art that surrounds you in San Francisco. The entire city is a gallery for acclaimed artists, including Andy Goldsworthy, Joseph Kosyth, Jenny Holzer, and Leo Villareal, to name just a few.

San Francisco works hard to ensure that all city residents, workers and visitors have access to world-class art in everyday and spectacular settings. Find your new favorite piece of art in the City by the Bay!

Pied Piper Mural at Palace Hotel

14 San Francisco Hotels With Museum-Quality Public Art

Not all great works of art are encased behind museum walls or exhibited at conventional galleries in San Francisco. Many are gracing the halls of the hotels you're staying at.

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Van Ness Avenue Installation

Your Guide to San Francisco's Public Art This Spring

In San Francisco, the city is our canvas. No matter which neighborhood you’re exploring, you’re bound to find some breathtaking—and free—art.

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