Bring the family to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) this holiday season to enjoy art-filled public spaces, discover exciting exhibits, relax on spacious terraces, enjoy an artful meal, or check off your gift list at the Museum Store.

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September 2, 2021

Why a Visit to SFMOMA Should be on Everyone's Holiday List

Bring the family to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) this holiday season to enjoy art-filled public spaces and discover exciting exhibits that expand ideas on the purpose and power of art. Relax on spacious terraces, have lunch in the cafe, and explore breathtaking limited exhibitions before they're gone.

Need to do some holiday shopping? There’s something for everyone on your list at the Museum Store. Better yet, give an SFMOMA membership. Your recipient gets a year of unlimited museum entry, plus events, discounts, and more. Enjoy 20% percent off when you buy five or more memberships. It's a perfect idea for one-stop gift shopping.

Holiday Exhibitions


Open through Feb. 17, 2020, "SOFT POWER" features new commissions and recent works by twenty international artists on Floors 4 and 7 of the museum. The show’s title describes how a country’s “soft” assets —culture, political values, and foreign policies, for example — can be more influential than coercive expressions of power.   

"Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space" 

Open through Jan. 20, 2020, "Far Out" celebrates the visionary ideas and ingenious solutions of architects, artists, and designers who dared to imagine life among the stars. This exhibition includes both realized and conceptual designs for space suits, habitats, and laboratories, alongside a selection of film and visual art. It includes designs from Rick Guidice, Raymond Loewy, NASA, Neri Oxman, Tom Sachs, and others.


Escape the Holiday Hustle

Did you know that SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces, no ticket required? Celebrate the people that make up our extraordinary city in JR’s "The Chronicles of San Francisco," a vibrant digital mural wrapping the walls of the Howard Street gallery. Marvel at the vast panels of Julie Mehretu’s mural "HOWL eon (I, II)" in the Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Atrium on Floor 1. Delight in Sol LeWitt’s joyous "Wall Drawing 895: Loopy Doopy (white and blue)" covering the soaring walls of the Helen and Charles Schwab Hall on Floor 2. 

Find a moment of quiet on Floor 3 next to the country’s largest living wall, an evolving ecosystem of plants, birds, and insects. Take in bay views from the terraces or catch up with friends at Sightglass Coffee Bar (museum admission is required past Floor 2). 

General Information

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is conveniently located in the Yerba Buena arts district, near both Union Square and Moscone Center.

Groups of 10 or more can save on general admission, and tour operator rates and private guided tours may be available.


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