For me, the crown jewel in the string of museums around San Francisco is The Palace of the Legion of Honor. It sits on the farthest northwest corner of the city, in Lincoln Park overlooking The Golden Gate. A more dramatic setting is hardly possible, surrounded as it is by the greens of a wooded golf course and hills that give breathtaking views of the entire breadth of San Francisco. Its collection of Rodin sculpture is reason enough to visit.
Add an unparalleled selection of European masterworks, vibrant special exhibitions, a classical facade with light touches of 21st Century elements (the low pyramid of glass in the courtyard mimics the I.M. Pei's work at The Louvre) and you have a major urban asset. Membership also includes The New de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. For a Benjamin you get a year's worth of unlimited access to masterworks in palatial galleries; the best of all priceless worlds.