Plan a Day Trip to a Bay Area Museum

Thought-provoking exhibitions await in galleries and museums that are just a short trip away from San Francisco. Following are a handful of destinations in the larger Bay Area and just beyond that are worth a visit.

“Natural Affinity: California Women Sculptors in the Landscape” at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art


A selection of works by established female sculptors is installed on Sonoma Plaza near City Hall—a short walk from the museum—addressing humanity’s relationship to the natural world. (Through October 21)  See details.

“Rise Up! Social Justice in Art” at San Jose Museum of Art


“Rise Up! Social Justice in Art” surveys a century of politically engaged, mostly figurative work. The show’s diverse artists touch on a range of issues, from racial identity and gender equality to LGBTQ rights. (Through September 30)  Learn more.


“Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment” at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento


This exhibition of French art is inspired by the words of French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir: “One is not born but becomes a woman.” (Through August 19)  See details.

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