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SF’s Brand New Pop-Up “The Museum at The Cliff” Opens

The 157-year-old Cliff House reopens as a 6-month pop-up museum through April 2022 dedicated to the history of Cliff House and Sutro Baths.
By - posted 10/25/2021 No Comment

It’s officially open! After the Cliff House shut down in 2020, Come visit a brand new 6-month pop-up museum The Museum at The Cliff to learn about the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, and the surrounding area 1090 Point Lobos Ave in the former Cliff House Gift Shop.

The Museum at The Cliff
October 23, 2021 to April 15, 2022
Open Fridays to Mondays*, 11am to 4pm
The Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos, San Francisco – Map

*please note the official website says the museum is open Fridays to Mondays, but we’ve had reports that the sign on the museum door says Thursday through Sundays. We’ll reach out to the museum to try to get clarifcation.

The Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) is opening a temporary museum in the former Cliff House Gift Shop, in partnership with ACT Art Conservation and The Great Highway gallery, and with support from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Park Archives and Records Center (PARC) and the Global Museum at SF State.

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This pop-up exhibition will showcase a selection of art and artifacts WNP recently saved from an auction that liquidated historical holdings of the Hountalas family–longtime proprietors of the iconic Cliff House restaurant, which closed in December 2020–and will support an exhibition currently on display at the WNP Office + Gallery at 1617 Balboa Street in the Richmond District. Both are free to the public.

The Museum opens to the general public on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and will welcome visitors to the western edge of San Francisco until mid-April 2022.

Museum hours are Fridays through Mondays, 11:00am until 4:00pm.

What’s on Display?

The Save the Cliff House Collection rescued 58 items from auction in March of 2021.

At this new pop-up museums you’ll see historic photographs of the area, bathing suits from the Sutro Baths, charming vintage Cliff House souvenirs, and more from WNP will be displayed alongside archaeological remnants of Sutro Heights statuary, a taxidermied monkey from the Sutro Baths Museum, and other pieces rarely seen from the PARC collection.

Selections from the Egyptian collection amassed by Adolph Sutro, stewarded by the Global Museum, will also be on display in addition to works from local artists. Rounding out the exhibition will be kid-friendly interactives and friendly volunteers to welcome you.