Coit Tower Murals

Neighborhood: Telegraph Hill


Tucked away in an unpainted tower on a hill, one of the greatest works of Social Realist art in America lies hidden away. A set of murals created by 26 of California’s best artists, it documented California life in the 1930s from a socialist perspective: romanticizing workers, illustrating inequality, and sometimes even winking at the Soviet Union. It was controversial, sure. But as a work of art? Nobody could deny that it was stunningly gorgeous.

Discover how Californians lived, worked and played in the 1930s, rendered in an evocative style that’s inspired artists for decades. Climb the stairs to see murals not usually open to the public. See the tower funded by local legend Lillie Coit and hear about how her love for San Francisco manifested in a massive donation to beautify the city. Learn about the passionate “rounds man” who took care of the tower for so many years. Splendid art and rich history — what more could you ask for?

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Coit Tower has a tour walker limit.

Next Tours

  • Wednesday, March 6 at 10:00 am given by David P.Sign Up
  • Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 am given by Bernard C.Sign Up
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 am given by David P.Sign Up
  • Saturday, March 16 at 10:00 am given by Maria C.Sign Up
  • Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 am given by Richard R.Sign Up
  • Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 am given by Juliet K.Sign Up
  • Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 am given by Janice L.Sign Up
  • Saturday, March 30 at 10:00 am given by David D.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet at the main entry of Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. No parking. Public transportation: MUNI line 39.

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Please note: Private group tours required for groups of 8 or more.