Rich with culture and diversity, San Francisco is a metropolitan hub of art and history located practically in our backyard. Taking advantage of ND’s close proximity to the city, sophomore students piled onto busses and eagerly departed to explore two museums in Golden Gate Park. Students viewed exhibits that connect to the topics studied in their world history classes this year. This trip allowed sophomores to connect the ideas from the classroom to real life, and gave them a much needed break from the endless hours of sitting in their desks. Learn more about each museum below:
De Young Museum
Most would say that the most exciting aspect of this museum is the breathtaking 360 degree view of the entire city from the 9th floor. However, the De Young Museum also houses a large collection of art from Mayan, Aztec, New Guinea and African cultures. These exhibits brought the civilizations and cultures students have been reading about in their textbooks to real life.
A view from the 9th floor (left), and a piece by Frank Stella (right).
Legion of Honor Museum
Unlike the modern architecture of the De Young museum, the Legion of Honor museum’s elegant appearance is inspired by the classical era. Inside this more traditional museum, students explored a variety of paintings and sculptures, many with religious themes. Some highlights include “The Assuaging of the Waters” by John Martin, and the well known “Water Lilies” by Monet.
Water Lilies (left), and a view of the courtyard (right).