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Guided Tours of Coit Tower Murals 

When: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Price: Free

Radical Murals

Coit Tower has its history, and it's definitely got its views -- and some of the best of each is inside the tower itself. The murals, commissioned during the beginning of the New Deal in the 1930s as a way to get artists back to work were painted by some masters in modern art history. After Diego Rivera's Man at the Crossroads was defaced at Rockefeller Center for including leftist ideas, these same artists picketed Coit Tower. Ultimately, their work in the tower included similar ideas, but are right at home in modern-day San Francisco. These murals offer an ideal complement to our city's monument to Lillie Hitchcock Coit -- a radical in her own right. Tours are offered Wednesdays and most Saturdays.
— Chris Torres

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