San Francisco’s Best Private Collections

Some of San Francisco’s greatest private art collections will be open to the public in March.

Attention all art connoisseurs of San Francisco – an exclusive opportunity is coming your way.

Beginning March 9 with the Niles Masterpiece Collection, and concluding March 16 with an individual collection of your choosing, Private Collections 2016 is a rare chance to view the art and private luxury real estate of some of San Francisco’s greatest and most passionate art collectors.

Since 2000, this small, vibrant group has opened up their homes to the public each spring. By doing so they not only share their remarkable collections with the world; they simultaneously raise awareness for Enterprise for High School Students, a youth development program guiding teenagers to learning and career opportunities.

Each ticket to the event acts as a donation to this worthy cause. Included in your donation is a visit to a private collection (as for which one, the decision is left in your hands) and an invitation to the Private Collections post-party celebrated alongside the other participants. Some ticket packages offer more than others, particularly to those who cherish fine art.

San Francisco doesn't just boast beautiful luxury real estate. It houses incredible artwork too.
San Francisco doesn’t just boast beautiful luxury real estate. It houses incredible artwork too.

More than just a tour
Seeing each collector’s exquisite art and antiques is only a small part of the Private Collections experience. Participants who have been doing this for years return each spring for the magic of talking to collectors about the personal relationships they’ve developed with famous artists, curators and gallerists on the path to building their collections.

This year, the eclectic Carlevaro Collection in Russian Hill – featuring such names as Milton Avery and Jeff Koons – will join the contemporary Fraze/Loeb Collection, boasting artists like Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein. There’s also the Hatch/Discoe Collection displaying modern and contemporary works by Picasso and Yoko Ono.

Put together, these collections form an incomparable engagement with the city by the bay’s best art.

Visit the Private Collections Website