5 Free San Francisco Museums Walk

  • February 23, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks

Now open for RSVPs. The cost of the walk is now $3 per adult. This walk has the most rain shelter of all of our walks.

Our starting point now is the Starbucks on the corner of Davis & Jackson. This is better than the Starbucks that we used to start at on Drumm Street. We will have a lot of room at Davis & Jackson plus 2 extra restrooms in the nearby Safeway Store.

At about 10:40 AM we will walk to the nearby Sidney Walton Park to take our group photo. Then we will walk up the big stairway and then South to 2 Embarcadero and then we turn East and walk through 2, 3 & 4 Embarcadero to the Hyatt Regency Hotel's back stairs where I will collect the $3. We will probably not walk through the hotel this time, but at end of the walk some of us could have a drink and or food in the hotel's bar.

We will walk to FREE museums and any other enjoyable FREE thing around downtown San Francisco that we can find. We will visit inside (for about 15 minutes each) 5 free museums and galleries that deal with history. We will see other museums that are free, but unfortunately are closed during the weekend. If we get heavy rain I may change the route including possibly cutting out the last two free museums and adding a closer free museum. The only cost is $3 cash per adult for the walk.

Attendees should bring a sack lunch or buy one at or near our starting point. I know an indoor place where we can usually eat our sack lunches if it rains. Do not be concerned if a large number of people say they are coming because usually only about half really show up. We expect to return to the starting point about 3:30 PM. We may change the route some if we get serious rain.

If you are not on our "Yes" RSVP list please do not show up because at least one of the 5 museums cannot hold more than 65 people. Usually only about half of the "Yes" RSVPs show up, but we never know before the event what the turnout will be.

This walk is about 4 miles. The first 2 miles is flat and one may leave at any time without penalty. The last couple miles goes up Nob Hill and then down and flat to return to our starting area. To get to our starting point using BART get off at the Embarcadero Station. Then walk North on Davis Street for 5 short blocks where you will reach Jackson where the Safeway and the Starbucks are.

I encourage attendees to not drive there. If driving one could park at the Embarcadero Center garage. One of the garage's entrances is on Davis Street between Clay and Sacramento. One can get validated parking for the first 4 hours with purchase of $10 at a retail store there. Here is a link: http://www.embarcaderocenter.com/ec/about/d...

Photos below are in the order of places on this walk's route, except for the bottom photo of a bike riding naked fat man on this route.

Group photo (03/13/10) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's back door.

Photo below is of free outdoor art, a fake spaceship.

Photo below is of Ferry Building with a couple of old street cars.

Photo below is of free big outdoor art, "Cupid's Bow."

Photo below is of free big outdoor art, "Cupid's Bow."

I was walking this area one day and a signal light kept calling out my name "Howard" over and over. I thought it was because of GPS, computers and the internet, but it was just Howard Street.

Below I photograph the group before we enter the 1st museum.

Photo below is in one of the 5 free museums/galleries we will visit.

Photo below is in one of the 5 free museums/galleries we will visit.

Photo below is in one of the 5 free museums/galleries we will visit.

Photo below is one of the things we will pass on this walk.

Photo below is one of the things we will pass on this walk.

Photo below is in one of the 5 free museums/galleries we will visit.

Photo below is in one of the 5 free museums/galleries we will visit.

We will visit a photo gallery and see many historical photos such as the one below taken in a mine showing President U. S. Grant.

Below is one of the naked bike riders we saw (6 fat men & 1 lovely woman) on our lunch break,[masked], in Justin Herman Plaza when the St. Patrick's Day Parade was happening on Market St.

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  • Thomas C.

    I think Howard did an outstanding job presenting a 5 hour+ walk featuring the highlights of San Francisco!

    I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to capture all that San Francisco has to offer!

    February 24, 2013

  • Howard S.

    We arrived at our endpoint only 15 minutes late despite having to do 2 detours one of which was to walk around Chinatown to avoid the celebration crowds. We had a funny moment when we reached a big water fountain that was unexpectedly not on. I started to explain how great it looks when it is on and the fountain at that very moment turned on.

    2 · February 24, 2013

  • Geetha

    Very interesting walk with a group of friendly people.

    February 24, 2013

  • Debbie

    Can't make it next time for sure.

    February 23, 2013

  • Rebecca F.

    So Sorry can't make it . Having trouble with my car.

    February 23, 2013

  • Maisy

    hi, apologies, i can't make it. have a good walk.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I've got the flu :-(

    February 23, 2013

  • Howard S.

    Carpooling in Meetup is much more dangerous than it looks. To new members especially it looks like everybody knows everybody in Meetup when the reality is the opposite. Both, the organizers & Meetup.com do not know who the members are. 80% of my members have not shown up to even one of my events. Members post fake photos, fake names, fake everything. Meetup is just as dangerous as Craigs List where people were robbed, raped & murdered. The only difference is Craigs List is bigger.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Magda R.

    Hoping for good weather

    February 22, 2013

  • Justin W.

    are kids allow to come. And if anyone is come from our going thru oakland and they are carpooling call me at [masked]-8691. I need a ride and will help pay for gas

    February 22, 2013

  • Priya

    Looking for a carpool, anyone driving down from south bay mountain view/ san jose/ santa clara.

    February 21, 2013

    • David

      I have a SUV that could hold 5 from Sunnyvale if there are other who would like to car pool? That should be a safe number, David

      February 22, 2013

  • Nikki

    have to work

    February 22, 2013

  • Debbie W.

    Sorry to miss the walk this week, but visiting my mom for the weekend.

    February 21, 2013

  • Diane

    Next time.

    February 21, 2013

  • Heather

    Dang. I have a last minute magic show in Los Gatos for a 56th birthday party. I look forward to joining you at some other point.

    February 21, 2013

  • Roberta

    I will be in LA

    February 20, 2013

  • Vivian W.

    Hello there,
    I am excited about join with you.

    February 14, 2013

  • Heather

    Looking forward to the adventure.

    February 14, 2013

  • erichan l.

    yes

    February 11, 2013

  • Diane

    This will be my first event attended with this group. So happy to have found a time that works for me. Dragging a friend along.

    February 10, 2013

  • Vicky

    sounds fun!

    February 10, 2013

  • Debbie W.

    My sister

    February 10, 2013

  • JoAnne T

    I am new to the group and looking forward to meeting everyone.

    February 6, 2013

  • Flavia

    Sounds really nice :o)

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks really great, I am looking forward to my museum walk.

    I will, of course, miss the naked man on a bike!! :-)

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a qlot of fun, Exercize

    February 4, 2013

  • Bob E.

    sounds like fun. We love SF

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will be in Hawaii..but cannot wait to do one of your walks. They sound like Fun!

    February 2, 2013

  • susan

    Thank you Howard for scheduling this additional walk! I was so disappointed that I couldn't make the other ones!

    February 2, 2013

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