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  • de Young Museum

    The Legion's magnificent Skinner pipe organ was built in 1924 by the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Company in Boston. Public organ concerts are presented at the Legion on Saturdays and Sundays at 4 pm, with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin to musical thunderstorms, Sousa marches, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the great film music of Hollywood.

  • William Coale

    The console of the beautiful Skinner organ in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. We service this amazing instrument on a regular basis.

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