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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Unconventional Museums for an Unconventional City

San Francisco has an alternative kind of vibe. So why not check out some of San Francisco's alternative attractions? No, nothing on the dark side. I'm talking about museums.

The Beat Museum (540 Broadway): You probably know that North Beach is the home to City Lights Bookstore, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. History remembers him for standing trial for obscenity, after publishing Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl.” You can see a signed first edition of the book he published at the Beat Museum, also in North Beach. Along with it, you’ll find a wacky collection of memorabilia from Beatniks like Jack Kerouac, including Kerouac bobble heads, old issues of Playboy that feature Kerouac, and a 1961 check Kerouac wrote to a liquor store. Plus, you have to love a museum with a phone number like this: 800-KER-OUAC.

Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission Street): While many people might not view cartoons as “high art,” drawing them takes a special talent and some attract a cult-like following. Whether or not you’re following the plotlines of Batman or know the difference between Japanese Manga and Anime, you’ll enjoy the range of styles found at the Cartoon Museum. Kids will get a kick out of seeing cartoons hanging on the wall (and sometimes they have cartoon drawing classes for kids). And, by the way, the museum’s phone number is 800-CAR-TOON.

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1 comment:

  1. I'll bet kids will feel right at home at the cartoon art museum. Comic strips also promote literacy, so this sounds right on the mark.