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The mission of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor) is to provide, through the development and utilization of the collections, exhibitions, education, and community outreach programs, a rich and diversified experience of art and culture for the Bay Area, Northern California, and national and international audiences. More specifically, our mission encompasses the following goals - to: maintain two museums outfitted to deliver exceptional visitor safety, comfort, and access, as well as the environmental conditions necessary to preserve, conserve and protect art; attract, present and initiate a range of exhibitions of high quality which serve and engage broad audiences, exposing visitors to diverse artistic styles and cultures; continue to enhance and refine the collections through purchase and gift, by acquiring works of art of the highest quality and from a world art history spectrum that is broad geographically and chronologically; play a central role in art education by engaging in original research and providing extensive and innovative educational programs, publications, and learning opportunities for people of all ages and interests; involve a diverse public in all of the museums' activities, to ensure broad participation from both traditional and new audiences; and serve as a vital force in the economy and culture of San Francisco.
FAMSF's holdings of over 110,000 objects is one of the most important art collections in the Western US. The de Young Museum is home to the most important American Art collection west of the Hudson River, at the core of which is the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III collection of American Art. The museum also houses outstanding collections of Ancient and Native American Art, Art of the Pacific Islands, African Art, textiles, and Contemporary Art. The Legion of Honor houses European Art from the middle ages to the 20th century, as well as Ancient Art and the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, one of the largest and most important collections of prints and drawings in the country. The museums host a diverse range of exhibitions. Four conservation labs (paintings, objects, textiles, and works on paper) serve the museum collections as well as the greater western US. The Museums' education programs are nationally-renowned, including Museum Ambassadors, Get Smart with Art, the Teacher Resource Center, the Artist Studio residency program, hands-on programs combining the processes of looking at art and making art, and ongoing partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District and Bay Area colleges and universities. Centrally located in one of the nation's most diverse regions, FAMSF is committed to serving all audiences and serving as a cultural common ground for the Bay Area. FAMSF's website also reaches an international audience of over 4 million annual users who have access to one of the world?s largest online art databases containing over 80,000 works.
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