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.

BAMPFA, Berkeley

One of the newest pieces of public art in Berkeley is downtown on Addison Street where an outside wall of the new BAMPFA building has become a giant LED screen broadcasting new and archived material to passersby. With hundreds of hours of archived footage, the museum promises to make full use of this public portal to share new and vintage media from its collection. Staff also envision this outside gallery as a perfect spot for family movie nights. Roll on summer! Addison Street (at Oxford) Berkeley, Ca Online: http://bampfa.org Photo credit: Emily Myersfuck

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

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez