Art & Culture on The San Francisco Peninsula

Museums, historical sites, art galleries—even cemeteries—abound here!

The San Francisco Peninsula is home to numerous historic sites spread out across our diverse cities. With miles of coastline, The San Francisco Peninsula is home to two historic lighthouses along Highway 1, Pigeon Point Light Station, and the Point Montara Light Station. Both with their own history and unique flare. Our area is also home to beautiful historic houses such as the Filoli Historic House & Gardens and the Gamble Gardens Historic Home & Gardens. Both feature enormous and gorgeous gardens that you must definitely include in your itinerary. Need help planning your trip? The San Francisco Peninsula has you covered! Check out our Plan page to assemble your dream trip!

Perhaps, you're looking for something out of the ordinary? Go grave hunting in the city of Colma! Also known as the “City of Souls”, Colma has more dead people than living within its borders and some of the gravestones go back as far as 1887. So, spend a quiet afternoon visiting the graves of people like Wyatt Earp and Levi Strauss. Learn more about the historic sites on The San Francisco Peninsula. While you're in the area, be sure to check out our Things to Do page to make the most of your visit!
The San Francisco Peninsula is also home to many museums that offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the region's history and culture while visiting. The San Mateo County Museum in Redwood City narrates how the Peninsula has developed throughout the years, especially after the 1906 earthquake, while Silicon Valley museums such as the Computer History Museum display how computers and technology have evolved so rapidly. Learn more about some of the best art, history, and tech & science museums in our area. If you'll be staying overnight, be sure to check out our Hotels page for finding the perfect place to rest your head - you'll have a full day tomorrow! 

Did you know that the location where the Spaniards first saw the San Francisco Bay is located on the Peninsula? Back in 1769, a Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay led to the accidental sighting of the San Francisco Bay from atop Sweeney Ridge, located in Pacifica, California! It has now been more than 250 years since this discovery and local historical organizations are telling the story of the expedition and of the native people who greeted the Spanish and whose lives and culture were nearly eradicated within a few years. Learn more about this historical occurrence.





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