Having undergone a major expansion that kept the museum closed for close to three years, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has tripled its gallery space and cemented its legacy as one of the most important modern art museums in the United States. SFMOMA has 20,000 more square feet of gallery space than its New York counterpart, MoMA, and much of the new space is home to works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. The Gap founders essentially gave their large collection to the SFMOMA (on loan for 99 years), and more than 1,000 of these pieces join the SFMOMA's already impressive collection of art.
The revamped first floor, open to the public free of charge, dedicates an entire gallery to Richard Serra’s massive steel sculpture ‘Sequence’ (2006), while the second floor, with low light levels and smaller, more intimate spaces, is specially designed for viewing art on paper. Most of the third floor is dedicated to the galleries and collections of the Pritzker Center for Photography. There’s also the dedicated Alexander Calder gallery, with corresponding outdoor sculpture gardens. The fourth floor focuses on new works donated for the new building; the fifth floor has Pop Art and an annually rotating sculpture gallery; the sixth floor looks at graphic design from the analog era through the digital era; and the seventh floor has long-term multimedia installations. Simply put, SFMOMA is a must-visit San Francisco museum.
Insider tip: The updated SFMOMA is now free to visit for those ages 18 and younger.
Located at the corner of Third and Howard streets in the SoMA district, SFMOMA is within walking distance of the Montgomery Street BART station, numerous bus and MUNI stops and multiple parking garages. It is also included on many hop-on, hop-off bus routes. Entrances can be found on Third Street or on Howard Street.