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5 Free San Francisco Museums Walk

  • Nov 17, 2012 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks

Now open for RSVPs. This walk is one of our rain resistant 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 $2. 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 $2 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 70 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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  • Howard S.

    The "Yes" RSVPs went as high as 110, but only 26 showed up. Scores of people were scared off by a weather forecast of rain, but our walk had almost no rain and the sun even came out. We arrived at our endpoint at 3:15 PM, 15 minutes early because of the small group.

    November 17, 2012

  • Stanley

    Good walk and nice locations

    November 17, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We will start walking at 10:40 AM or a little later. As the ground will be wet we will probably not take our group photo in the usual place of the park close to our starting point. People who are too late to meet us at our starting point should go to the back stairs of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the East side of the hotel, which is where we will be going to stop, collect the $2, & perhaps take our group photo.

    November 16, 2012

  • 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.

    November 16, 2012

  • Karina

    Hello Howard, I'm coming by ferry which arrives at 10-30am.Could you and the group be kind to wait till 10-40am?

    November 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really looking forward to (possibly) finding new secret spots in SF!

    November 15, 2012

  • Cassie

    I can't wait to meet some new people and experience museums in sf!

    2 · November 12, 2012

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