Touring the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco

If you ever find yourself in San Francisco, do yourself a favor and visit the Autodesk Gallery. Over the years, I have had a chance to visit the Autodesk Gallery several times, and from interviewing a robot to seeing how Autodesk helped capture the hallowed grounds of the USS Arizona, the sights inside are nothing short of exceptional. Not only does Autodesk offer tours for free, but the exhibits will also open your eyes to the world around you.

So what is the Autodesk Gallery? In the simplest of terms, it is where Autodesk showcases the many incredible things people imagine, design, and create with its software. With tools like AutoCAD being synonymous with buildings and bridges, you might expect The Gallery to be little more than a building museum. Although you will find both bridges and buildings inside, you will also see:

  • How movies are made…
  • How cars may one day be grown in a garden (not manufactured in a factory)…
  • How a soccer ball can let kids learn at night…
  • Even digitally peel back the layers of a mummy that are part of the Smithsonian collection.


Attending the AutoCAD Influencer Event last month, Scott Sheppard known for the It’s Alive in the Lab blog was kind enough to give our group a tour of the Gallery. During our tour, Scott was also kind enough to let me record a video of the visit. Thanks to his generosity, you can experience a tour of the Autodesk Gallery without leaving your desk.

Have a look at the video above, and let me know what your favorite exhibit was in the comments below.

Donnie Gladfelter
Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

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