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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

  • 151 3rd St. Map It
  • SoMa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 05/24/2016

Fodor's Review

Following an extensive and transformational three-year renovation and expansion, SFMOMA now stands as the finest museum in the city, and among the best in the country. Whether or not you’ve visited SFMOMA before, the new museum will dazzle you. As a result of the expansion, the gallery space has increased from 70,000 to 170,000 square feet, and is now the home of the incomparable Donald and Doris Fisher Collection, comprising 1,100 works by 185 artists. Simply put, this is one of the greatest collections of postwar and contemporary art in the world, including works from artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Diane Arbus, Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder, and Damien Hirst. Through a special partnership, SFMOMA will display selections from the Fisher Collection through 2116, alongside works from the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

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

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151 3rd St., San Francisco, California, 94103, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $25
  • Fri.–Wed. 10–5, Thurs. 10–9

Published 05/24/2016


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