Are you looking for the Best Mission District Murals in San Francisco?
As a Bay Area local, I love to share this part of San Francisco with visitors.
This cultural adventure should be part of any visit to the beautiful city by the Bay.
This guide to the murals is just one of the many things to do in San Francisco.
Not only is the Mission District famous for its amazing food, world renowned musicians, and street festivals, but it’s the center of some of the most brilliant, colorful, and powerful murals in the world.
The Mission District murals in San Francisco portray social injustices, political issues, cultural themes, and are street art at its finest.
A lot of the art changes frequently so you can keep going back for more!
The Mission Dolores Basilica was built in the 1770’s as one of the northern California catholic missions established by Mexican colonists.
It’s San Francisco’s oldest building and the neighborhood surrounding it is home to the vibrant Latin community known as The Mission.
Enjoy this DIY Guide to the best Mission District Murals in San Francisco to get a feel for the roots of San Francisco.
A DIY Guide to the Best Mission District Murals in San Francisco
The Clarion Alley Murals
The Women’s Building Mural
The building, a community arts and education center for women, was painted by 7 female artists in 1994 and is called MaestraPeace or “Woman teacher of peace.”
Look for artist Georgia OKeefe, a pregnant goddess holding up the sun, nobel peace prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, and other famous women poets, musicians, and healers.
Balmy Street Alley Murals
Balmy Street Alley is the oldest of the mural projects dating from the 1970’s.
Businesses began asking local artists to paint the sides of their buildings because the murals became so popular.
The Precita Eyes Muralists have been painting and maintaining murals on Balmy Street Alley since the 1970’s and continue to provide arts education dedicated to the cultural heritage of the district.
Lilac Street Alley, Cypress Street Alley, Osage Street Alley, Lucky Street Alley Muras
An organization called MissionArt415 established a safe solution for graffiti artists by providing space and art supplies for muralists to create.
These alleys are home to the evolving artist community that San Francisco is famous for.
~ St. Peter’s Church at Mission Street and Alabama Street.
~ 24th & York Mini Park murals and mosaic snake
~ House of Brakes murals above the garage at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue
~ Once Upon A Time in the Mission mural at 24th Street and Shotwell Street
~ The Carnival mural at 24th Street and Folsom Street
~ Cesar Chavez Elementary School mural at Folsom Street between 23rd and 22nd Streets
~ Santana mural at 19th Street and Capp Street
~ La Familia Santana mural at 24th Street BART station
~ La Llorona Sacred Waters mural on 24th Street and York Street
A Fun Mission District Murals Tip
At 280 Orange Alley, amidst the mural scene of the Mission, is a Peephole Cinema playing silent films 24/7!
The tiny theater, started in 2013, is the work of animator artist Laurie O’Brian.
See if you can find it on Orange Alley between 24th and 26th Streets.
Where To Stay In San Francisco
As a favorite tourist spot for families and conventions, San Francisco has innumerable budget friendly choices.
I recommend you choose your location based on your transportation preferences. Consider if you are up for a lot of walking on hills? How comfortable are you with navigating a public transportation system? Are you renting a car? Will you be using rideshare services?
*If you are renting a car, please know that parking can be a bit of a hassle!
4 of the Best Boutique Hotels in San Francisco
In an excellent location, the 1 Hotel San Francisco is across from the Ferry Building and has views of the city skyline and the Bay. Known for its style with local and reclaimed natural materials and sustainably sourced linens.
This luxury boutique hotel sits at the top of San Francisco’s prized Pacific Heights neighborhood. A turn of the century, Edwardian style hotel is known for its beautiful decor, superb service, complimentary breakfasts and generous wine time.
This is a great bargain in the beautiful Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The Zeppelin features a celebration of the city’s avant garde era with a bold style. Known for being a comfy, funky, and affordable spot in a great location.
When is the best time to visit
The Mission tends to be more sunny and warm than other parts of the city. But the weather in San Francisco is always unpredictable due to the Bay, the hills, and the many microclimates.
Not to worry, there’s plenty to do rain or shine. Just think layers and comfortable shoes!
The official warm months are June through October and cold months are December through February.
Where should I eat in the
Here are some recs from a trusted local:
~ Bon Nene
~ West of Pecos
~ Taqueria El Castillito
~ La Espiga de Oro
~ Papolote Mexican Grill
~ Gracias Madre
How do I get to the Mission District in San Francisco?
If using a ride share, get dropped off at the 16th Street BART Station.
You’ll be on foot for your tour, so if you do drive, remember where you parked the car!
Now you’re ready to tour the best Mission District Murals in San Francisco!
In a nutshell…
I was astounded by the artistry and history as I explored The Mission with a focus on the murals. You’d be here all day if I shared all the photos I took!
Get yourself there on your next visit to SF, bring your camera, grab a taco, and enjoy!