The National AIDS Memorial Grove, located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. It is also in support of those who are living with AIDS and their loved ones and caregivers. The grove was designated a national memorial in 1996.
San Francisco's unique botanical garden features a spectacular array of over 7,500 varieties of plants from around the world. The Botanical Garden inspires visitors with the extraordinary diversity of rare and unusual plants that can be grown in coastal California. Through its programs and displays, the Garden celebrates the bond between people and plants, and instills a deeper understanding of the necessity to conserve Earth's biological diversity.
Engage your mind with a trip to the California Academy of Sciences, a world-class scientific and cultural institution, as well as one of the greenest museums in the world. The Academy houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one living roof. We are home to a staff of world-class scientists, an education department that provides a wide range of student and teacher services, and an extensive science library with over 26 million specimens and artifacts.
The Conservatory of Flowers is a large botanical greenhouse in Golden Gate Park, constructed in 1878. The Conservatory is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants including palms, orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants, and much more. It is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and the oldest municipal wooden conservatory remaining in the United States.
Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young museum has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for millions of residents and visitors to the region for over 100 years. After five years of closure, on October 15, 2005, the de Young inaugurated its new building--a state of the art facility that integrates art, architecture, and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that inspires from around the world. Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco, the new de Young provided San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Originally developed as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition, the Tea Garden is now one of the most visited attractions in San Francisco. The garden boasts many beautiful monuments, buildings, statues, and bridges, in addition to native Japanese and Chinese plants.