So many people travel all over the world and yet never visit places near their homes. And I have to confess that I am guilty as well. The San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park is awesome. But its proximity to the ticky tackiness of Fisherman’s Wharf keeps most of us locals away. Yesterday was a quiet and sunny day in San Francisco and a good day to sneak over there and play tourist-at-home. This was my first time in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse – an art deco landmark that is now part of the museum. It features interesting exhibits, Sargent Johnson sculpture and beautiful WPA era murals by Hilaire Hiler. Hiler had a fascinating biography that begs to be a movie. As well as an artist he was a color theorist. The ceiling of one of the large rooms in the bathhouse has his Prismatarium mural – a giant color wheel on the ceiling!
So there you have it, waiting for me to discover after a MUNI ride across town, a really nice museum with one of the most unique murals I have ever seen. And, it is even free admission.