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SF Museum of Modern Art

Tips to Visit & Other Details About this Newly Remodeled Gem

The SF Museum of Modern Art is a one of the most popular museums in San Francisco. It's located steps from Union Square in the South of Market (SOMA) District.

This museum just did a major expansion and reopened after being closed for three years. Inside you will now find 10 floors of artwork, which makes it almost two times its original size. I also love that they added about six times more public space with several pieces you can see at no cost.

The museum houses more than 30,000 works of art. In its permanent collection, you can see pieces from well-known artists such as Henri Matisse and Diego Rivera. You will also find beautiful photography, modern architectural pieces, and several other modern paintings.

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This is a unique piece of art hanging from the atrium in the SF MOMA lobby.


The newly expanded SF Museum of Modern Art currently has 19 exhibits. Four of them are ongoing. The others are temporary exhibits. New exhibits will be brought into these spaces regularly.

The four ongoing exhibits are:

  • Approaching American Abstraction, The Fisher Collection

  • German Art After 1960, The Fisher Collection

  • Pop, Minimal, and Figurative Art, The Fisher Collection

  • Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900

These are the current temporary exhibits:

  • Claudy Jongstra: Aarde (through April 2, 2017)

  • New Work: Leonor Antunes (through October 2, 2016)

  • Typeface to Interface: Graphic Design from the Collection (through October 23, 2016)

  • The Campaign for Art: Contemporary (through October 30, 2016)

  • Film as Place (through October 30, 2016)
  • Paul Klee in Color (through October 30, 2016)

  • Art of Northern California: Three Views (through November 2016)

  • Model Behavior: Snohetta's First Concepts for SFMOMA (through January 16, 2017)

  • British Sculptors, The Fisher Collection (through Fall 2017)

Visiting Details

The SF Museum of Modern Art galleries are now open daily from 10am to 5pm. (Note: Beginning September 7, 2016, the museum will be closed on Wednesdays.)

The MOMA stays open later on Thursdays, until 9pm. The free public spaces open an hour earlier than the galleries, at 9am.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Last admission is half an hour before closing.

The cost to visit is:

  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors (65 and older): $22
  • Age 19 - 24 (with ID): $19
  • Age 18 and under: Free
  • Members: Free

Pictures of the Expansion

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This is a look at the expansion of the SF MOMA from the front.
This was a model that sat in their lobby before the remodel began.

sf moma expansion model
This part of the model is the back side of the expansion.
It shows the new levels and additional outdoor areas.

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Top Tours for San Francisco

One of the best ways to get to know San Francisco like a local is by taking a tour during your visit. The tour options are endless.

Walking Tours: The great thing about taking a walking tour is that you get the chance to get up close. You cover a smaller area, but you get to know that area really well. Some of the most popular walking tours including those around North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf. You can also take a guided tour over the Golden Gate Bridge, through the colorful murals in the Mission, or around SF's most haunted sites.

Food Tours: Another way to experience San Francisco is on a food walking tour. The city has an amazing variety of cuisines and the best way to try it all is on one of these food walking tours. Stroll through the streets to taste the delicacies of North Beach, try the gourmet samples at the Ferry Plaza, or enjoy the amazing treats of the Mission District.

Helicopter Tours: One of my FAVORITE ways to see the city is from above. These helicopter tours offer you that chance! You will fly high above the SF Bay, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island, while enjoying great views of the city skyline. If you've never been on a tour such as this, I highly recommend it. It's an experience you will never forget!

Wine Tours: Napa Valley and Sonoma County are two popular wine regions that are only about an hour away from San Francisco. The best way to see them is on a guided tour, since you don't have to worry about driving. All of these are one-day tours that offer you the chance to sample some of the renowned local wines. As you cruise through these regions, you will learn more about their history, the grapes that grow there, and the wineries that serve up these delightful treats.

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