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The artwork aside, the new building itself is a sight to behold. The expansion, overseen by celebrated
architecture firm Snøhetta, features airy, smartly designed galleries that allow plenty of space for appreciating art, and also taking breaks. One of the best places to do that is the seventh-floor sculpture terrace, which features great views of the city skyline.
The Pritzker Center for Photography, on the third floor, deepens the museum's commitment to this art form, with nearly triple the space dedicated to photography than before, filling the majority of the third floor. Encompassing 15,000 square feet, the Pritzker Center is the largest space permanently dedicated to photography in any art museum in the United States.
To avoid lines, buy timed-entry tickets in advance on the museum's website. Café 5 serves light California-fusion fare outdoors in the fifth-floor sculpture garden; if you want to splurge, make a reservation for In Situ, a restaurant from three-Michelin-starred chef Corey Lee, whose menu features reinterpreted versions of dishes from famous chefs around the world. The SFMOMA app, available for download on the museum's website, is a smartly designed, indispensable companion for exploring the galleries