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. Add Balmy Alley Murals to your San Francisco travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Francisco trip builder tool .
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  • Worth knowing the art exposed to open in the streets of the Latin quarter. Many panels have expressed the point of view of migrants and their descendants on the discriminatory treatment they receive from the police.
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  • Balmy Alley is located at Mission District and it is quite interesting to stroll through the short alley. Some of the paintings are bright and colorful really amazing. It is lovely to see. A living ar...  more »
  • When planning my trip to San Francisco, I had this on my list of things to do. With time running short I forgot about Balmy Alley and prioritized other sites, however our group happened past it. I was...  more »
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  • If you're looking for amazing art free of charge, this is the place to go! The pieces are large, beautiful and all stand for a cause or purpose. Not being native to San Francisco, this alley gave me more perspective on the city dynamic than any museum could ever. Pieces cover everything from the drug epidemics to the homeless situation to cultural issues. The people that live in the alley are very kind, some even have put out dishes of water for dogs and a bench to sit on and enjoy the art. This was honestly my favorite part of SF!ï
  • I don't think I would make a special trip to see the art here but it's definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. A lot of the work is political and some of it is just a bit bizarre. I would get dropped off at the South side and walk North to end up closer to shops.
  • Really cool alley filled with mural after mural, dripping with local talent. I loved the variety of artistic styles and messages. Worth the stop if you're in the area.
  • How could this be given any lower a rating?? The art is beautiful and thoughtful. A powerful expression from an inspiring community.
  • It was really interesting to look at the various murals and to try to understand the messages being conveyed. Would recommend to check it before the area is totally gentrified.
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