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.

Yoda Fountain

You needn’t debate the artistic integrity of a bronzed 80s fantasy character with your budding jedi. Get over it, you must. Have them toss a penny in hopes that the next batch of films will be better than the last, then use the force to snap their pic in front of the pointy-eared master. Come during the week when you can pop into the LucasFilm lobby and go toe-to-boot with a life-size Darth Vader and Boba Fett. The Presidio 1 Letterman Dr. Photo credit: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10542471@N06/4719099665/in/photolist-b2hDV6-b2bJjB-b2bJWz-8wBDyq-8wyCKz-574Wgn-574WAx-578Zum-578YW9-574Ma4-578YD7-578Y4d-574Xwc-au85Vy-8c1zRt-8c4S9W-578Yom-5798TS-7QmVak-7QmV6g-7QqfnA-535BVm-8adQg5-8adPRf-53iB3d-8adQXC-531nkc-ahitnk-58XKqt-aiq8Cq-aiq8P9-auYqb-9fSHy3-6fYeUe-535BHf-531n5g-531m6c-5798oq-574X3B-7TLSLS-7TLT9w-8c1DZg-8c4XAu-8c1zdK-8c1ECg-8c4Wiy-8c1xUt-8c1BVk-8c4TBA-4FpMyr">dougsawyer</a>fuck

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

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez