Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, a thoroughly transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), with enhanced gallery, education, and public spaces, opened on May 14, 2016. The Snøhetta-designed expansion, which incorporates the renovated Mario Botta building that opened in 1995, includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries tailored to the collection, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman and numerous others, along with postwar and contemporary artworks from the renowned Doris and Donald Fisher Collection and an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, free access to 45,000 square feet of the ground floor galleries, and free admission for visitors age 18 and under, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to the city than ever before. Groups of 10 or more receive special rates, skip the admissions line, and can request a private guided tour. Located in the South of Market neighborhood, SFMOMA is steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, downtown hotels, Moscone Center, and public transportation, including BART and Muni. Museum entrances are on Third and Howard Streets.
- Make SFMOMA Your Holiday Stop
Bring the family to SFMOMA this holiday 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 celebrate the season.
- Group Visiting Options at SFMOMA
Visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a group can take your experience to the next level. A group tour, special discounts or private experience might just make your visit perfect.
- Art of the Meal
While enjoying the modern and contemporary art on display at SFMOMA, visitors can also take advantage of innovative dining options from local-based coffee to California fusion with a view, to re-imagined fine dining with dishes that are works of art unto themselves.
- At SFMOMA: The Director's Picks
Neal Benezra, Helen and Charles Schwab Director, SFMOMA provides his thoughts on key must-see picks at museum. From Mark Rothko's No. 14 and Alexander Calder's Constellation to the Agnes Martin Gallery on Floor 4, the new SFMOMA has seven floors of incredible works of art to explore.
Photo of the new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA