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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 - 21:00
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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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Wonderful gallery

World class museum with a good mix of exhibitions and great permanent collection. Book tickets online and get there pre 11:00 to avoid rush. Great app to self navigate. Magical.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

World class museum with a good mix of exhibitions and great permanent collection. Book tickets online and get there pre 11:00 to avoid rush. Great app to self navigate. Magical.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Can't believe I've never been here on previous visits to San Francisco. Awesome architecture and lots of great exhibitions. Allow plenty of time, there is heaps to see. The cafe beside the outdoor sculpture area looked inviting and is on my list of places to try next time in the city.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this museum several times the last ten years. And every time there was an exhibition that highlighted an era, a stream or an artist that struck me. Also this time the photos taken by Diane Arbus. Besides the art there's also the building. The architecture of it and a specially the position and shape of the Oculus Bridge... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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