Legion of Honor: Inside and Out

By Ann Heath Karlstrom

Situated dramatically at the edge of San Francisco, overlooking the skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Legion of Honor is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. The museum showcases works spanning four thousand years: European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts join with ancient art from the Mediterranean and Near East as well as one of the country’s largest collections of works on paper from all over the world. Tour through the history, collections, and unique spaces of this landmark museum and discover why the Legion of Honor has become one of the city’s best-loved places.

To learn more about the history and holdings of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, see also the companion publication, de Young: Inside and Out. These books may be purchased individually or as a boxed set.


Ann Heath Karlstrom, former director of publications for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is an independent author and editor.

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