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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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Address: 151 Third Street, Enter on Howard or Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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+1 415-357-4000
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10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Founded in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first...

Founded in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Now, after a major three-year building expansion designed by Snohetta, SFMOMA returns as one of San Francisco's must-see destinations. Nearly tripling its gallery space, the museum features more of its outstanding collection of more than 33,000 works, along with new art, including the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the greatest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. With art-filled public spaces, free entry for visitors 18 and under, numerous outdoor areas, two museum stores, and multiple dining options, the museum is open to San Francisco and visitors as never before. Save time and reserve tickets online.

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Beautiful building, glad we got there early

Walking around this building was a delight. Wooden floors, lots of glass and artworks given space to speak. Lovely room of Calders which could have been better lit, but which... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Walking around this building was a delight. Wooden floors, lots of glass and artworks given space to speak. Lovely room of Calders which could have been better lit, but which moved with all the people moving about. Great Richard Serra piece, similar to Guggenheim in Bilbao. Some artists new to me- loved (?) William allens paintings on Lima beans and... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

San Francisco MOMA was a nice experience. The location was good, the artwork is interesting & the staff was friendly. I spent about 2 hours in the museum & that was enough time for me to see just about everything. Some of the art was great, but there are a lot of things that don't make any sense to me.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a lovely building with several floors, very good elevators, helpful staff and a beautiful shop. There are a few nude drawings etc. so parents be aware. There is a small cafe I think on the 4th or 5th floor which was not busy but the tables were dirty I had to ask for mine to be wiped so... More 

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Livermore, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lots of great spaces to wander through. Probably some really "important" pieces on display. Who knows... We liked the black sand pit with the guy mumbling phrases. I don't get it but whatever. Walk the bridge with slits that allow you to look straight down. Very spooky cool. Tomas Saraceno clouds display was intricate and interesting. Fun to take photos.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss the Diane Arbus collection now on exhibit on the third floor or the amazing Gerard Richter rooms on the sixth floor or the Calder collection on the fifth floor, all accompanied by great audio explanations. The space is really well laid out and while it doesn't quite come up to the NY MOMA, I think it is much... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such an amazing building—completely redefined the experience of viewing art from within art. Spacious rooms that allow you to approach the works from a distance and from various angles. Do not miss the spectacular living wall near the Miro gallery off the second floor. And fully appreciate the natural light that streams in at the end of each floors' gallery... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

MOMASF was a great place to spend a rainy day. Floor by floor, exhibit by exhibit, we wandered around and totally got into this wonderful place. Worth a special visit!!

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

SFMOMA was fun with a lot of pretty, striking, weird, nonsensical and, sometimes, provoking art. Living in Asia there is a dearth of high quality museums and SFMOMA certainly was at the cutting edge. Staff were very friendly, the museum had a superb app that one could download (they even gave free headphones) and guide you through the museum and... More 

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Carey, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful Museum. I enjoyed every aspect from the pieces of art to the architecture of the building. It has seven floors and each as great as the next. There are interactive exhibits, installations and the app that tells about the pieces you want to know about and allows pictures and creates a timeline for you, is great.... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great diversity in exhibits. You need a t least 2-3 hours to adequately see it all. Do not miss the 7th floor. The current exhibit "the refusal of time" was spell-binding.

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South of Market (SoMa), has an urban and sophisticated vibe, but you're more likely to find big nightclubs and lots of industrial loft residences than you are to find boutique shopping. Although it’s the epicenter for tech startups in the city, visitors will be able to do more than just business - museums, top quality restaurants, and the San Francisco Giants now call this neighbourhood home. Most of its freeway-sized streets may not capture the same character as other neighbourhoods in the city, but pockets of charm, like South Park, can still be found throughout its side streets.
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