Balmy Alley Murals, San Francisco

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Colorful scenes line a block-long alley affectionately known as Balmy Alley Murals. The first murals popped up in 1972, and the collection expanded throughout the 1980s as part of a foundation-funded project with emphasis on Central American cultures. The colorful illustrations depict a number of social and political issues, including human rights outrage, gentrification, the Nicaraguan revolution, the Guatemalan civil war, and Hurricane Katrina; scenes are always changing. Walk the alley on your own or with a local touring company. Nearby you'll also find many restaurants and stores. To visit Balmy Alley Murals on your trip to San Francisco, use our San Francisco tour planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Taking a Balmy Alley Mural Walk guided tour with Patricia Rose of the Precita Eyes Home Studio in the heart of the Mission district is well worth your time! Patricia, who is a talented mural artist he...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    See, a stretch of street whose facades are completely covered with paint style StreetArt
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  • August 2, 2017
    So if you want to see street art it is better to go to Clarion Alley as Balmy it is difficult to Park, cars can circulate on the streets and it is subjective but I found less attractive designs
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  • June 26, 2017
    Love the street arts along here, unfortunately the area is not well taken care of. I am pretty sure the homeless are camping here as u can smell urine and etc as you walk along here. I believe the authority to should look into this and make this place a real tourist attraction.
  • May 7, 2017
    One of my favorite stops in the city. I love the messages of the murals. There is so much that is expressed in this little alley. It represents the richness of the mission culture and how it wont go down without a fight. From the old to the new this alley is forever a beautiful gem!
  • May 10, 2017
    This was a pleasant surprise, a lot of culture in one place, the murals are (some) very well made and can even make you really emotional! Beautiful place, also be sure to check out the whole neighborhood, it is truly one of a kind, bars, restaurants, cafés have so much going on!
  • July 9, 2017
    Great alley and art without the "this place is someone's toilet" smell.
  • January 4, 2017
    Some of the immigration/civil rights murals were too deep for me, but my fave was definitely Where the Wild Things Are. My friend loved the one with the juxtaposition between rich and poor. (Probably a good idea to not take us to art museums.) Anyway, Balmy Street kind of feels different because part of it is painted on people's garages. Feels safe during the daytime, idk about nighttime. Plus, I don't know how illuminated it would be.

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