Fodor's Expert Review San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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First opened in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art. In 2016, after a major three-year building expansion designed by Snøhetta, SFMOMA emerged as one of the largest modern art museums in the country and the revitalized anchor of the Yerba Buena arts district. Nearly tripling its gallery space over seven floors, the museum displays only a portion of its more than 33,000-work collection, including numerous temporary exhibits. It can be overwhelming–-you could easily spend a day taking it all in, but allow at least two hours; three is better. The museum’s expanded collection includes a heavy dose of new art from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Highlights include a deep collection of German abstract expressionist Gerhard Richter, American painter Ellsworth Kelly, and a tranquil gallery of Agnes Martin. Photography... READ MORE

First opened in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art. In 2016, after a major three-year building expansion designed by Snøhetta, SFMOMA emerged as one of the largest modern art museums in the country and the revitalized anchor of the Yerba Buena arts district. Nearly tripling its gallery space over seven floors, the museum displays only a portion of its more than 33,000-work collection, including numerous temporary exhibits. It can be overwhelming–-you could easily spend a day taking it all in, but allow at least two hours; three is better. The museum’s expanded collection includes a heavy dose of new art from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. Highlights include a deep collection of German abstract expressionist Gerhard Richter, American painter Ellsworth Kelly, and a tranquil gallery of Agnes Martin. Photography has long been one of the museum’s strong suits, and the third floor is dedicated to it. Also look for seminal works by Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder, Matisse, and Picasso. Don’t miss the new third-floor sculpture terrace with its striking living wall. The first floor is free to the public and contains four large works, as well as the museum’s wonderful shop and expensive restaurant. If you don’t have hours, save the steep entrance fee and take a spin through here. Ticketing, information, and one gallery are on the second floor; save time and reserve timed tickets online. Daily guided tours—a quick 20 minutes or 45 minutes—are an excellent way to get a foothold in this expansive space. And if you start to fade, grab a cup of Sightglass coffee at the café on the third floor; another café/restaurant is located by the fifth-floor sculpture garden.

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151 3rd St.
San Francisco, California  94103, USA

415-357–4000

www.sfmoma.org

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Rate Includes: $25

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