Where are we going?

September 11 - de Young Museum, J.M.W. Turner, Painting Set Free

One of the greatest English painters of the nineteenth century,  experience the first major survey of Turner’s late career, when the artist displayed a fierce engagement with grand themes of nature, history, and religion. There is a docent tour of the collection at 11:30 am and several other tours of deYoung exhibits available throughout the day.  Lunch in the Museum cafe.  

October 9 - Museum of the African Diaspora,  Portraits and other Likenesses from the SFMOMA

SFMOMA Organized in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), this exhibition exploring how portraiture has evolved from a form of personal identification to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and fantasy as it is in the description of physical traits. The carefully selected artworks — many exhibited for the first time as part of SFMOMA's collection — encompass paintings, sculptures, photography, media art, and installation.  We will arrange for a docent tour.  Buffet lunch in the neighborhood at Amber India on Yerba Buena Lane. 

November 13 - de Young, Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama Pacific Exhibition

2015 marks the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. To mark this anniversary, Jewel City revisits this vital moment in the inauguration of San Francisco as the West Coast’s cultural epicenter. The landmark exhibition at the de Young reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event, with examples that signal the key artistic trends of 1915.  Lunch in Museum cafe.

December 11 - San Francisco City Hall Centennial Tour Join us for a very special holiday trip!  We have booked a docent-led Building Centennial Tour.  Tour Fee is $5. Lunch will be a LuLu's (same as last December).

 January 8 - Asian Art Museum, Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists

Drawn from and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston — world renowned for their Japanese, American and European collections —Looking East consists of more than 170 objects, including decorative arts, paintings, prints, drawings and textiles. The Asian Art Museum is the final stop on this exhibition’s international tour and your last chance to witness the iconic results of an invigorating cross-cultural moment. 

February 12 - Anderson Collection, Stanford

Although most of us have viewed this collection, every time we see it we discover something new.  We will arrange for a docent private tour. Lunch either at Cool Cafe at the Cantor or catered in the Anderson Collection.

Extra fees may apply, depending on lunch decision.

March 11 - Pier 24 Photography
Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale

Lunch at the Hi Dive

April 8 - de Young,  Oscar de la Renta

This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades. Thematic sections will trace de la Renta’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic; the rise of his career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th century.

May 13 - SFMOMA (hopefully!)

Your suggestions for future programs are welcome.


Museum Friday adventures!  NEW 2015-2016 Schedule!   

Once a month on the 2nd Friday, we will take a private bus to a special exhibit.  Your Museum Fridays organizers (Eileen Brooks, Ginny Bechtold and Donna Bohling) have planned trips and in some cases, a special lunch!

The facts .....

  • Museum Fridays are always the 2nd Friday of each month, September through May.
  • We hire a bus – no one has to drive, park or “ready” your vehicle for carpooling.  Round-trip cost of the bus will be $28.
  • Each excursion will depart from the Cal Ave train station, easy parking or walking.  Most trips leave at 9am sharp and return at 3pm.  Occasionally, this time changes depending on museum hours.  You will get the correct time in an email before the trip.
  • Whenever possible, a lunch reservation will be made for our group either at the museum or a nearby restaurant.  Cost of lunches in restaurants will vary.
  • Museums and venues will have an admissions charge.  If you are a member, bring your card!  Many museums will also let you take a guest in for free.

 If this interest group is for you, please email Donna Bohling to be added to our list.  


  • The bus fare to museums is $28 per trip and covers both getting to the museum and getting back to Palo Alto (round-trip). 
  • Bus fare must be paid 1 month in advance of the Museum Friday date (always the 2nd Friday of the month - put on you calendar!).  This is a requirement of the bus company to book the vehicle.  We cannot refund cancellation less than 30 days from the trip.
  • Make checks payable to Eileen Brooks, NOT to The Woman’s Club..  This is not a “money-maker”.  Eileen will be charging the bus on her personal credit card.  We are reimbursing Eileen, not the Woman’s Club.
  • Mail or drop checks off at Eileen’s house - 780 Montrose Ave, PA 94303.  Montrose Ave is across the street from Cubberly, on the other side of Middlefield.
  • Include a note with your check specifying which Museum Friday dates you are buying your bus set.  You can buy on a month-by-month basis or you can sent a check to cover multiple dates.  We need to know your dates so you will have a seat on the bus.