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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)

Last updated: 07 April, 2024

With seven floors and more than 33,000 works of modern and contemporary art, including design, photography, and media arts, the SF MoMA boasts one of the largest holdings of 20th- and 21st-century works on the planet.

The Mario Botta-designed building is a sight in itself, but inside you’ll find Picassos and Pollocks galore, as well as works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol’s self-portraits, and photography by Ansel Adams. Also look out for artwork by abstract painter Mark Rothko, and master of 20th Century Realism, Edward Hopper, as well as the 30-foot-tall Living Wall made up of over 19,000 plants.

The museum’s store features everything from sunburst clocks to Warhol ‘Soup Can’ skateboards, and a gourmet cafe serves up tasty seasonal eats.

 

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MOMA’s Fisher Collection showcases the once private works of Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of SF-based GAP Inc. From American Pop to German postwar pieces, it spans floors one-through-three.

Logistics

Price from: £20
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

SF MOMA is located in the city’s industrial SOMA neighborhood, just a four-minute walk south of Market Street via 3rd Street – located between the Powell and Montgomery stops on both Muni and BART trains.

Tickets are required for both general admission and special exhibitions and can be purchased onsite or online.

Downloadable visitor guides/maps are available on the website, and the museum’s audio app provides enriching stories and unique takes on the art and exhibits that you might otherwise miss.

Stop for refuelling at the fifth-floor Cafe 5, overlooking a rooftop sculpture garden. It serves up tasty, seasonal cuisine like curried squash bisque and sweet potato hummus tartine.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, Thursday to Tuesday. Closed Wednesday. Open late on Thursdays, and free admission on the 1st Thursday of the month.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • San Francisco

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. Our remarkable collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts is housed over seven gallery floors in an LEED Gold-certified building designed by the global architects Snøhetta and Mario Botta. SFMOMA believes the art of our time is vital and shares it with passion and purpose, and that art and the creative process can open minds and help build a better world. For that reason, we assemble unparalleled collections, create exhilarating exhibitions, and develop engaging public programs that connect with our community. Welcome!

Price $30

Min age 0

Rating 4.28 / 5 [118 ratings]

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