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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Art Museum
SoMa, San Francisco
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Travel + Leisure recommend this place
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  • Tammy Camp
    "local because the Blue Bottle Coffee upstairs"(7 Tips)
    Shivram S.
    "Wonderful rooftop garden to top it off."(7 Tips)
    Samantha P.
    "new Matisse exhibit"(4 Tips)
    Tom R.
    "Richard Avedon photography exhibit"(5 Tips)
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  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 30, 2016
    The Snøhetta wing has vastly expanded the original Mario Botta building, though the new galleries don't benefit from much natural light. They are spacious, however, and the collection superb.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BowlesFebruary 23
    Been here 5+ times
    An incredible collection of modern and contemporary art. Not to be missed! You only need to go a couple of times to make the membership worth it.
  • Daniel
    DanielNovember 21, 2016
    Download the museum "immersive walks". Incredible Experience. Program for a whole day. You can have lunch outside and come back. Desert must be the Tiramissu at the cafe on fifth floor. Stunning!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PinoFebruary 20
    One of the best values in SF. A museum for $25? That's fantastic. Open later on Thursdays and definitely avoid it during a rainy day - everyone and their mother shows up here. The MOMA app is terrible
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduMay 23, 2016
    Don't miss the 2nd floor bathrooms. Pace yourself. The cafe actually has really great food and desserts!
  • Kelvin T.
    Kelvin TanMarch 20
    SFMO had seven floors of galleries and exhibits and all kinds of art from past to present. I would recommend going at least once if you haven't gone before.
  • Bình H.
    Bình HàOctober 30, 2016
    I don't think there is any excuse for an art lover to miss this place. Even though you might know all the works, they offer a wide range of tours around the museum to join in to expain your knownledge
  • Paige C.
    Be prepared to spend the whole day here if you want to see everything! The Mattise/Deibenkorn exhibit is pehnomenal. Don't forget to stop by Sightglass coffee to grab a latte before you go!
  • Shirin J.
    Shirin JafariFebruary 20
    Been here 5+ times
    I have been here more than 10 times, and I still can't get enough of it! FYI, it's the biggest MOMA in the US, and I think that becoming a member is well worth it.
  • Adam
    AdamMarch 3
    The audio tour is really incredible and totally immersive. Join the wifi and download the free app. It's location based and adds so much extra context to the work you are viewing.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 8, 2011
    Special exhibits, like the one on wine that lasts until April 17th, are always coming through, and the museum’s permanent collection will quench your thirst for high culture. Read more
  • Let's Go
    Let's GoApril 4, 2011
    Check out 5 spacious floors of photography, painting, media, and sculpture, with an emphasis on architecture and design. Best selection of 20th-century American & European art this side of NYC. Read more
  • Mike D.
    Mike DJune 7, 2016
    If you like modern art, this place ticks all the boxes. Plus a tasty cafe and Sightglass coffee on site
  • Stellaa D.
    Stellaa DuhartJuly 30, 2016
    They have a coffee shop, every museum should do this. We visited the Graphic Design Exhibition, the Photography and the Pop art. We still missed 4 floors.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WOctober 2, 2016
    Vast collection means you can't see everything. Consider grabbing the audio guide or downloading the iOS app for interactive tours. Definitely adds to the experience!
  • Tzippi Z.
    Tzippi ZachMay 27, 2016
    Gorgeous new building, impressive contemporary collection, and good coffee. Become a member--there's too much to see in one or two visits.
  • Cindy Y.
    Cindy Y.May 16, 2016
    awesome place! definitely worth a visit and be sure to come early and wear comfortable shoes because there will be lots of walking!
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BurdonMay 20, 2016
    The Rothko on the 2nd floor should not be missed
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 30, 2011
    Did you know? Opened in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast dedicated to contemporary and modern art. It was also one of the first museums to recognize photography as a fine art. Read more
  • James B.
    James BrownMay 9, 2016
    Start on floor 7 and work your way to the bottom floor.
  • Tablet Hotels
    Tablet HotelsFebruary 26, 2013
    Works by many modern artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Ansel Adams and Diego Rivera are housed in this iconic modern building, with a massive expansion underway.
  • ✈✈ Mhmtali. ✈✈
    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rooftop Garden was conceived as a gallery without a ceiling. Designed by Jensen Architects, it is a 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture recipient.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LahtiJanuary 24
    The app is great and so are the audio tours (immersive walks) you can chose from the app. Loved the "I don't get it" walk. ☺👌🏻
  • Israel S.
    Israel SMay 9, 2016
    Go out to the terrace and catch your breath. There's a secondary one behind the oculus bridge that is less crowded.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cDecember 3, 2016
    Good collections, you might be able to find parking on the street than parking at the expensive garage
  • Anna L.
    Anna LahtiJanuary 24
    The app is great and so are the audio tours (immersive walks) you can chose from the app. Loved the "I don't get it" walk. 😊
  • Annie P.
    Annie ParkOctober 21, 2016
    The remodel is spectacular and overwhelming, make sure to make a day of it. Sightglass coffee on site is a great break spot.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LopinskyJune 16, 2016
    7 floors worth of art - you can definitely spend a whole day in here
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST PRIVATE CLUB ON THE CHEAP$80 a year buys you easy access to SFMOMA's rooftop garden and cafe, one of the city's most private public spaces... Read more
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CaiMay 9, 2016
    Amazing food, world-class art, and friendly staff. What's not to like?
  • Vladyslav Z.
    Amazing place for inspiration. And great museum shop, beware, you may spend here more time than in museum itself
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJuly 6, 2016
    Book 10a opening tix, start on 7th fl and work your way down after an early lunch at the 5th floor eatery.
  • Samantha P.
    The new Matisse exhibit was fantastic but I didn't like the local artist they were comparing him to.
  • Matthias H.
    Matthias HohmannJune 13, 2016
    Download the app and follow some of the immersive tours, one of the best museum experiences I had
  • Martin A.
    Martin AnguloJune 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you live in the city, a membership is a no-brainer. It'll pay itself off in no time!
  • Tammy Camp
    Tammy CampJanuary 11, 2013
    Make sure to buy a membership here if you are local because the Blue Bottle Coffee upstairs is perfect for coffee meetings :)
  • Shivram S.
    Shivram SJune 16, 2012
    Great way to spend the afternoon admiring and learning about art. Wonderful rooftop garden to top it off. Took about 3 hours to get through.
  • Gavin H.
    Gavin HudsonJanuary 31, 2012
    After looking at the artwork, take a moment to step onto the outdoor deck and appreciate the shapes that the city's downtown skyline cuts.
  • Weruska K.
    Fantastic place for culture and relax in the middle of the city. Great Diebenkorn and Mattise exhibition.
  • Margherita B.
    Awesome museum to check out. You may want to split your visit so to enjoy every floor
  • Nilz F.
    Nilz FrancoSeptember 4, 2011
    Some rules-- No backpacks on your back (hold by your side or front is fine), no videos (non-flash photography is fine), no touching the furniture on display, no touching the Braun exhibit tables.
  • Josue E.
    Josue EvillaSeptember 30, 2016
    Beautiful building. Uncrowded. Fantastic collection. Must see!
  • Julie A.
    Julie Avra1 week ago
    Audio guide is too fancy. Richard Serra space is fascinating- can see them from above in all their enormity
  • Natalia K.
    Natalia KataokaNovember 4, 2016
    So beautiful with a lot of important artists. Spend 4h and didn't regret it. Amazing!
  • Garry T.
    Garry TanJanuary 7
    The courtyard on the 5th floor is a nice place for toddlers to get some safe wandering space.
    FilmSchools.comApril 29, 2011
    Attention film students! Definitely catch the 3:00 daily (except Wed.) screening of "Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer". The film looks at the parallels between his career & life with early cinema
  • Daniel S.
    Absolutely amazing museum, and don't miss In Situ for a meal - truly one of a kind.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FisterMay 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Brand new building, great stuff from Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, etc, Sightglass Coffee bar on floor 3.
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithJanuary 12, 2013
    Go up to the 5th floor and walk across the bridge to the rooftop patio.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LeSeptember 10, 2016
    It's HUGE. Be sure to give yourself enough time to check out everything! Took us 3+ hours
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewMay 22, 2016
    If you're smart, go take the elevator to the top floor, and make your way down the beautiful stairwells.
  • Erin P.
    Erin PerryNovember 24, 2012
    Be sure to check out Rauschenberg's "Collections" on the 2nd floor - my favourite piece of modern art!
  • Hui S.
    Hui SunMarch 26
    4th time in SF. Finally got a chance. Won't say it's the best, but definitely worth a visit
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzJuly 12, 2016
    Definitely download their app - it's wonderfully done and improves the experience immensely.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Fine art pairs perfectly with fine dining! The MICHELIN Red Guide mobile app is $0.99 for a limited time only! Read more
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamJanuary 18
    SFMOMA stands out because of its incredible collection and it's extremely well curated galleries.
  • Exploratorium
    ExploratoriumApril 20, 2012
    In movie theaters across the country, film projectors are being replaced by digital projectors. Have you watched a 35 mm film projection at SFMOMA yet? Projectionist Paul Clipson gives us a tour: Read more
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱July 29, 2016
    If you are between 19-24 years old, get the young adult ticket to save a few bucks.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Take a break at the Rooftop Sculpture Garden and Coffee Bar for a cup of Blue Bottle coffee for yourself and some hot chocolate and sweet treats for the kids. Powered by Read more
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StrehlerAugust 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The newly renovated and opened MoMA is amazing. Save money for the shop at the end!
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.August 29, 2016
    To fully appreciate sfmoma, visit the Green Door first and get some gummies
  • Bluewolf
    BluewolfAugust 8, 2011
    Need a break from tech or an activity following Dreamforce? How about some Matisse, Picasso, and Parisian Avant-Garde? Just a short walk from Moscone!
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BastosJune 12, 2013
    One of the most beautiful building in the world. I even made a mockup!
  • Reinaldo P.
    Reinaldo ParreirasApril 7, 2012
    I had an amazing art experience in this museum. Strongly recommend if you are in SF.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions
    Kenneth Cole ProductionsSeptember 5, 2012
    Art consistently inspires Kenneth's designs. Be sure to check out the rooftop garden.
  • Hugo R.
    Hugo RamosNovember 1, 2011
    If you are more than one and will come often, consider the membership instead of the normal ticket
  • Ronald D.
    Ronald DLSeptember 29, 2016
    Download the free app and get your personal audio tours to guide you through this marvellous museum.
  • Varun R.
    Varun RauMay 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The motion lab is amazing!
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BehleJune 1, 2013
    It's packed... So come with patience. Also they are giving away free tote bags... And museum is stating open until midnight. But if you want coffee in the gardens, that closes at 5pm
  • noel h.
    noel hidalgoNovember 22, 2010
    If you're from NYC, you'll be bored to death by the miniature nature of the layout. This place is best explored in a wheelchair.
  • Carrie H.
    Carrie HigginsMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    An audio tour is included with the price of admission. It illuminated everything I viewed and I have a much greater appreciation for the art.
    Catch The Picturing Modernity exhibit on display through June 7. It is very inspiring for budding photographers!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Walk through an enclosed glass-and-steel bridge connecting the fifth-floor galleries to the dramatic Rooftop Sculpture Garden.
    SFMOMAJuly 7, 2010
    Find the 2 hidden Waldos at SFMOMA. We have hidden them on buildings visible from the Rooftop area :) Read more
  • Leonardo M.
    Leonardo MerlosDecember 10, 2016
    A must visit architectural gem designed by Mario Botta and now extended by Snøhetta
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzAugust 14, 2016
    Take lots of pictures 😉. The architecture of this place is incredible ✨
  • Saba H.
    Saba HeraviJuly 7, 2016
    One day is not enough. Amazing museum. From its architecture to the collections.
  • Aubrie J.
    Aubrie Johnson3 weeks ago
    Give yourself at least a couple of hours to check out every floor, for better or worse
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockSeptember 25, 2016
    Cool remodel. Yes it is MOMA, so be prepared for the mind-boggling.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJuly 9, 2016
    Open late on Thursdays with a relatively quiet crowd.
  • Collectrium
    CollectriumFebruary 15, 2011
    Make sure to visit their rooftop garden and grab an amazing cup of coffee at Blue Bottle Cafe. Read more
  • Valentine's Day Movie
    Valentine's Day MovieFebruary 2, 2010
    Head straight for the rooftop garden, stopping for some Blue Bottle coffee on the 5th floor. Admittance to the MOMA is free on the first Tuesday of every month. #vday
  • patrick h.
    patrick hookerAugust 19, 2011
    Amazing, simply amazing....history unfolding in front of you...go before it is done...
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzMay 14, 2016
    Just opened after renovation & it looks gorgeous 👏
  • Maddy C.
    Maddy CookeJune 6, 2016
    Take the audio tours. It makes the exhibits more meaningful.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinMay 8, 2016
    It still has that new museum smell. The standards are still on the 2nd floor, same as before the renovation/ expansion.
  • Will
    WillMay 13, 2016
    Gorgeous. Love the pop. The bathrooms are all different colors.
  • 99designs
    99designsDecember 1, 2011
    Alex99 shares the 10 Principles of Good Design he picked up during his visit to the Dieter Rams exhibit:
  • Robert W.
    Robert WOctober 2, 2016
    Devote some time for this! Download the iPhone app for fantastic guided audio tours, but check first to see if any galleries are being renovated.
  • Edwin M.
    Edwin MckainMarch 26, 2013
    You can not take pictures to the pictures! So try to enjoy them!
  • Chris
    ChrisJune 21, 2016
    Awesome museum, one of the best in America
  • Jona R.
    Jona Rak KoceliSeptember 19, 2016
    Loved A. Calder works on the green terrace!
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always good exhibits and a nice permanent collection.
  • Jesse
    JesseJune 20, 2016
    Make sure to check out the living wall outside!
  • Al B.
    Al B.July 11, 2016
    Excellent museum for the modern art lovers
  • Dominic B.
    Dominic BocciJune 22, 2010
    Pollock's "Guardians of the Secret" made me love art. Go see it; it is one of the best paintings in the collection.
    SFMOMAAugust 24, 2010
    Take pics during your visit and tweet them @sfmoma or tag them "SFMOMA" on Flickr (and they'll show up on the museum's blog!). Read more
  • Odile R.
    Odile RoujolJune 28, 2016
    Sight glass cafe . Floor 3
  • Alberto J S M.
    I can not say other thing that AMAZING, I loved it
  • Boris L.
    Boris LevitMay 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The new building is amazing. So much art.
  • Francois P.
    Francois PichardAugust 1, 2012
    L'extension SF du célèbre musée d'art moderne ; moins d'espace d'expo qu'à NYC mais toujours un passage obligé
  • Funda A.
    Funda AkbostanciAugust 22, 2016
    Harika biryer bir gününüzü burada geçirin pişman olmazsınız 👍🏻😍
    Independientemente de la obra expuesta, la tienda y los capuchinos del museo son imperdibles!
  • Maria P.
    Maria PodolyakApril 13, 2013
    По четвергам билеты с 50% скидкой.
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