Museums Without Walls: Public Art to See for Free

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The Bay Area is home to some world-class art, some of it housed in big name institutions. But you don’t necessarily have to fork out any entrance fees to get your culture fix with the kids. Over the years millions of dollars have been spent on public art, executed by both international artists and critically acclaimed home grown talent. Think Richard Serra, Diego Rivera and Leo Villareal to name a few. It’s kid-friendly, free and just waiting to be discovered. Click through for the best of the Bay Area’s public art for pint-sized patrons.

555 Mission St. Sculpture Garden

This smartly-designed plaza sports stylish benches, a living wall made of planters and a series of sculptures that will delight you and your youngster. "Human Sculptures"' by Jonathan Borofsky is a colorful tower comprised of 62 pixelated figures that look they were taken from your old Atari 2600. Immediately opposite, three massive, goofy Play-Doh heads by Ugo Rondinone could be distant cousins of Jack Skellington. Pack your reusable lunch bag full of food art and enjoy a fun lunch downtown.

555 Mission St.(between 1st & 2nd Sts.)

Photo credit: Garrick Ramirez

What is your favorite piece of public art? Let us know in the comments below.

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez

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