Visiting the SFMOMAThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is located in the South of Market area (SOMA) of San Francisco, just a few blocks from Union Square and across the street from the Yerba Buena Gardens complex. It is easily accessible by public transit from anywhere in the bay area as it lies just one block south of Market Street, where the major Muni and BART stations as well as the Historic Streetcar are located.
- Address: 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA
- Hours: Friday through Tuesday 11am till 5:45pm, Thursday 11am til 8:45pm and closed on Wednesdays.
- Admission: Adults $18, Seniors $12, Students $11 and Kids under 11 Free. SFMOMA is Free of admission charges the first Tuesday of each month.
Heavily discounted tickets are also included in the San Francisco City Pass, which bundles the admission for 5 different major San Francisco attractions plus transportation for seven days into one low price.
- Tours: Docent lead tours begin four times a day and are free with museum admission. Audio self guided tours are also available for a fee.
- Contact Info: (415)357-4000 www.sfmoma.org
Galleries and Exhibits at SFMOMAThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts a permanent collection that includes over 27,000 individual works of modern and contemporary art. These are divided into 4 main areas:
- Painting and Sculpture: The works of modern masters like Mark Rothko, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and more make up large part of the 'permanent collection. Particular attention is given to influential California artists and the West Coast in general.
- Photography: The SFMOMA was one of the first art museums in the world to recognize photography as a legitimate art form. This was due in part to the fact that the San Francisco Art Institute became the first art school in the country to offer fine arts degrees in the medium, under the leadership of Ansel Adams. Works by Adams as well as other prominent western photographers are an important part of the museum's collection.
- Architecture and Design: Multiple displays of cutting-edge building, home and furniture design are housed in the SFMOMA, including special exhibits on important bay area architects and designers like Bernard Maybeck, who designed the Palace of Fine Arts.
- Media Arts: One of the nation's largest collections of film, video, slide and computer based artistic exhibits is housed in the SFMOMA. Many of these works are interactive and occupy entire rooms or areas of the museum.
The SFMOMA Rooftop Garden and CafeConnected to the galleries on the 5th floor of the museum by way of a glass enclosed bridge, the rooftop garden is a sculpture-studded green-space that offers sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline.
The rooftop garden is also home to the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar, which serves coffee, tea, pastries and light fare in one of the most picturesque locations in the entire city.
The SFMOMA for KidsThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has several programs in place that attempt to make the museum experience more attractive and fun for children:
- Family Sundays: A special family-friendly tour of the museum takes place each Sunday at 1pm and is followed by activities like book readings and film screenings that are aimed at the little ones.
- The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds: This interactive exhibit is located in the Koret Visitors Center and utilizes the fantastical dogs from Roy De Forest's famous painting Country Dog Gentlemen to lead children on an exploration of some of the museums most popular art pieces.