The de Young Museum celebrated its $200 million rennovation and its reopening in October, 2005. Among the most distinctive features of the new building, which is located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, is its texturized copper facade and this 144-foot spiraling tower.
The building's copper "skin," conceived by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, is meant to complement its natural surroundings and evoke dappled sunlight filtered through trees. But some city residents are not all that fond of the design.
Ashwin Giri, age 2, gets an introduction to ancient American art in the de Young's Kimball Education Gallery, where these high-tech touch screens are grabbing the attention of young visitors.
The Collection Icons combine advanced video projection, infrared and audio technologies and are among the de Young's numerous high-tech efforts to enrich each visit to the museum.
A de Young representative, Alexandra Quinn, demonstrates the musuem's Art on Demand kiosk, an online store for ordering custom art prints.