The SFMOMA's impressive permanent collection is sorted into four groups which are on different floors of the museum.
Doris and Donald Fisher Collection
SFMOMA partners with the Fisher Art Foundation, one of the world's largest collections of postwar and contemporary art. The founders of San Francisco-born Gap Inc., Doris and Donald Fisher, began collecting art in the 1970s. Since then, their collection has grown massively and is on constant rotation in SFMOMA. The collection includes works by artists like Andy Warhol, Agnes Martin, Gerhard Richter, and Jenny Holzer and is a must-see when you visit SFMOMA.
The Pritzker Center for Photography
The Pritzker Center for Photography occupies most of SFMOMA's third floor. It is the largest space permanently dedicated to the presentation, study, and interpretation of photography at any art museum in the United States. With pieces from artists like Joe Deal, Simon Norfolk, and Mitch Epstein, there is no better place to experience and learn about photography.
Along with their permanent collection, SFMOMA hosts ever-changing temporary exhibits from various artists and collections, and you can see what is on and upcoming here. Current must-sees include Yayoi Kasuma: Infinite Love, open on the sixth floor.
Bay Area Walls
SFMOMA hosts a series of topical wall projects by local artists on various floors of the museum. This project is ongoing and is designed to support local artists who are in tune with the community and current moment. These art walls can be viewed on the third and fifth floors of the museum.
SFMOMA’s living wall is one of the largest public living walls in the United States, measuring 4,399 square feet and located on the third floor Pat and Bill Wilson Sculpture Terrace. The wall was designed by David Brenner, Principal and Co-Founder of Habitat Horticulture, and is home to 37 different plant species. Around half of them are native to the Bay Area, ranging all the way from Muir Woods to the East Bay Regional Parks.
Free to See
In addition to their free days and free admission every day for guests 18 and younger, SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled spaces, no ticket required. There are free artworks on the first and second floors (and some surprises just outside).