One of San Francisco's most popular museums is ready to welcome back visitors. Here's everything you need to know.

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October 19, 2020

What to Expect When Visiting SFMOMA

As the first modern art museum on the West Coast, expanded in 2016 to add dozens of new galleries and exhibition spaces, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a shining jewel in the city's cultural crown. After doing its part to protect the health and safety of the community, SFMOMA is now ready to welcome visitors back beginning Oct. 4. Here's everything you need to know to plan your next visit to one of San Francisco's most popular museums.

Book Your Timed Tickets In Advance

Entry to the museum will be organized through timed tickets, which you can purchase online. Tickets will also be available onsite, but availability is limited and not guaranteed.

Please arrive at or within 15 minutes of your scheduled time. Visitors are welcome to stay until the museum closes.

Health and Safety Measures

To protect visitors to the museum, the following rules are now in effect:

  • Masks are mandatory for all visitors age 3 and older.
  • Visitors must maintain social distance by staying six feet apart from others.
  • Visitors must follow distancing signage.
  • Daily museum attendance is limited to 25% of total capacity to allow visitors the time and space to explore the museum without rushing or worrying.

Amenities Available to Visitors

In response to COVID-19, the museum has temporarily paused all group tours. However, you can download the free SFMOMA Audio app and instantly access beautifully produced stories featuring dancers, musicians, poets, TV personalities, and, of course, artists and curators. Headsets are currently unavailable, so be sure to bring your own.

Visitors are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently. Sanitizer dispensers are located within the museum.

Cafe 5 will have grab-and-go dining with socially distanced tables and outdoor seating in the museum’s fifth floor Jean and James Douglas Family Sculpture Garden.

The museum's staffed coat checks are temporarily closed. A self-service coat check will be available in the Haas Jr. Atrium off Third Street.

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