Although it looks like an ordinary office building from the outside, the 49 Geary Street Art Galleries are an extraordinary gathering of visual treats. The top four floors of this five-story structure contain no fewer that 21 different art galleries, architecture and design offices, and antiquarian books dealers. All of the shops are commercially oriented for retail sales, and they offer a broad variety of artists and styles.
Among the many galleries one can visit here are Altman Siegel Gallery, Bekris Gallery, Brian Gross Fine Art, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, Fraenkel Gallery, Gregory Lind Gallery, Jack Fischer Gallery, and Micaela Gallery. Also included are Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, Michael Shapiro Photographs, Modernbook Gallery, Robert Koch Gallery, and Robert Tat Gallery, among others.
The 49 Geary Street Art Galleries are perhaps best-known among local residents for a monthly event called the "First Thursday Art Walk." It provides visitors an opportunity to socialize, and many of the galleries offer wine. The event begins around 5:30pm and runs till 8pm. It can be a bit crowded, and the wine sometimes runs out rather quickly, so getting there early is highly recommended. The 49 Geary Street Art Galleries are located between Grant Avenue and Kearny Street at 49 Geary Street, San Francisco, California 94108.