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Museum of Craft + Design, San Francisco

550 Sutter Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 773 0303's insider take:

This museum, sandwiched between the boutique hotels, bars, and shops just off Union Square, is much cooler than it sounds. Enter through a magnificent wrought-iron gate to a charming courtyard garden. Inside the unpretentious museum—the size of a gracious one-bedroom apartment—unexpected traveling exhibitions speak to the art of handmade design. Past showings have included a collection of artworks composed of common tools, as well as a study of wine label art. Pick up unique gift items—a "bubble wrap" vase or homespun scarf—at the funky museum store.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm.

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