Jan 28

The Painted Ladies of San Francisco are a row of vibrant Victorian houses located at 710–720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park, in San Francisco. Designed between 1892 and 1896, these Victorian-style houses are one of the countless numbers built in San Francisco during its growing at the end of the 19th century. While many of these old houses were lost during the 1906 San Francisco Earth quake, a large number of the mass-produced, moderate houses live through in the European and southeast communities of the city.

Between 1849 and 1915, about 48,000 houses in the Victorian and Edwardian styles were built in San Francisco, and many were painted in bright colors to accentuate their architectural details. Red, yellow, chocolate, orange, and other bright and loud colors were in fashion – These became known as The Painted Ladies of San Francisco.

In 1963, San Francisco artist Butch Kardum began combining intense blues and greens on the exterior of his Italianate-style Victorian house.

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Jan 21

California Academy of Sciences is one of the largest and well designed natural history museums in the world. From planetarium shows on the formation of the universe to getting up close with sharks and stingrays, much of the museums is hands-on and interactive.

1. Aquarium: Watch sharks and stingrays cruise beneath your feet, check out the Philippine Coral Reef, and learn about the life-sustaining role that water plays on Earth.

2. Planetarium: Fly through space and time in the world’s largest all-digital planetarium and gain a new perspective on the planet we call home.

3. Rainforest: Step inside a living four-story rainforest that is hot, humid, and teeming with life. Experience a flurry of butterflies, and a symphony of croaking frogs and chirping birds.

4. Natural History Museum: Explore how life evolved on Earth, and what we can do to help sustain it. Meet Academy scientists and share in their discoveries from research expeditions around the world.

5. Living Roof: Get a unique 360 degree panoramic view of Golden Gate Park from the Academy’s iconic undulating roof, complete with over 1.7 million native plants.

The California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park, directly across the Music Concourse from the de Young Museum.

Hours: 9:30am to 5pm Monday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm Sundays

Admission: Adults $29.99, Youth, Seniors and Students $24.99

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Jan 14

Octagon House in San Francisco was built in 1861 by William McElroy. An eight-sided structure with a cupola on top, it is said that McElroy and others of his era chose to build a house in this shape because it was believed that living in an octagonal home resulted in a longer, healthier life, sort of a 19th century feng shui.

Now, this small museum allow patrons to view a variety of decorative arts from the Colonial and Federal periods as well as documents from Colonial and early American history, including one signed by 54 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Tours of the Octagon House in San Francisco are free but donations go towards the upkeep of the home are much appreciated. Group tours are available with reservations.

Stay at the Adante Hotel in San Francisco, just around the corner from Union Square when you tour the Octagon House in San Francisco.

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Jan 07

Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum offering contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. It is around 63,000-square-feet and provided space for temporary exhibitions committed to galleries, performances as well as public and educational programs, and is itself a symbol dedicated to the history and revitalization of Jewish life in San Francisco.

Hours: Mon-Tue, Fri-Sun 11 am – 5 pm, Thu 1 pm – 8 pm
Admission: $12 for adults

The Contemporary Jewish Museum makes visible relationships between new and old, between tradition and innovation, bringing together 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture into one building.

Stay at Adante Hotel in San Francisco, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.adantehotel.com/

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