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April 5, 2019
Photo by Pei Ketron

How to See SFMOMA Over a Weekend

Trust us. Allowing more than one visit to the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the way to go. Aside from avoiding visual overload, your feet will thank you too (smartphone health apps have reportedly clocked more than 4 miles of walking). Expand on our recommended one day itinerary by adding these elements to the mix with your second visit.

Photo finish
Occupying most of the museum’s third floor, the Pritzker Center for Photography alone could easily take up an entire day for photo fanatics. Some 150,000 square feet of gallery, interpretation and study space is dedicated to the medium—the largest of all SFMOMA’s collections. Treat yourself to an artisan coffee break at the new Sightglass outpost located in the center’s drop-in lounge.

Definitive design
Other galleries that reward a greater commitment of time are those devoted to architecture and design. The first museum on the West Coast to establish a formal design department, SFMOMA has remained a leader in this area. Extensive holdings in graphic design, experimental architecture, furniture and product design invite close study.

Modern Cinema
A new partnership with the San Francisco Film Society is injecting new life into the museum’s ongoing film program. Check out the changing schedule and relax in the dark with a fine art film screening in SFMOMA’s newly renovated Phyllis Wattis Theater.

Artistic appetite
And finally, to cap an art-filled day with an equally creative dining experience, reserve a table at the museum’s ground-floor restaurant, In Situ. Opening in June, the latest venture by Michelin-three-starred chef Corey Lee (The French Laundry, Per Se, Benu) curates a menu of dishes by chefs from around the world.


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