6 Wacky and Weird Things to See in San Francisco
Enjoy the Music of the BayLocated on the shore of San Francisco Bay, the Wave Organ is a massive wave-activated sculpture containing a series of pipes that play with the movement of the water. Best heard at high tide, the carved granite and marble sculpture includes 25 PVC and concrete organ pipes found at different elevations at the site, allowing for the rise and fall of the water to produce the fascinating sound.
Play in a Penny ArcadeLocated on Pier 45, Musee Mecanique allows guests to experience arcades before the age of video games. This museum houses more than 200 coin-operated antique arcade games, dioramas, and musical instruments in their original working condition. All the games in the privately-owned collection can be played by visitors for a small fee.
Experience Japanese CultureOriginally founded after the 1906 earthquake, when many Japanese and Japanese-Americans relocated to the area, Japantown allows visitors to experience Japanese culture in this small neighborhood. Visitors can enjoy Japanese cuisine at the many restaurants then browse specialty shops. Japantown also hosts the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, where attendees celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms.
View Art With a MessageLocated in the inner Mission District, the 560-foot long Clarion Alley Mural Project houses murals painted by volunteer artists. The alley celebrates San Francisco's activist history by representing political, economic, and social justice and environmental messages in the murals that cover nearly every surface. This project was started in 1992 and has created over 700 murals.
Relax in the Bard's Garden
Photo by Ed Bierman
Explore the Movement of SoundThe Audium is a one-of-a-kind theater that lets visitors explore space in music. This 49-seat theater equipped with 176 speakers provides an immersive experience for listeners by using the entire environment to "sculpt" sound through movement, direction, speed, and intensity on multiple planes in space -- all in complete darkness.
No matter the reason for your visit, you are sure to enjoy many unique sights, sounds, and experiences in the City by the Bay.
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April 9, 2018