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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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Address: 151 3rd St, Enter on Howard or Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3107
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+1 415-357-4000
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Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Great way to spend a wet day

Allow plenty of time to visit this museum over 6/7floors. The audio tour can be downloaded to your iPhone and they provide free ear buds. The audio tour is state of the art and... read more

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Allow plenty of time to visit this museum over 6/7floors. The audio tour can be downloaded to your iPhone and they provide free ear buds. The audio tour is state of the art and switches on when you are near an exhibit or installation so you can roam the museum as you wish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved seeing Andy Warhol exhibit. So many iconic pieces. Got to go! The restaurant on the first floor had "small" plates which we thought would be perfect for a snack....Might be a bit too small though.

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Fair Oaks, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My 18-year old daughter, husband and I enjoyed the Museum very much. My 12 year old son, was not impressed, but it takes a lot to impress a 12-year old boy...he did enjoy some of the Warhol's and more cartoonish artwork. But there are large window seats that he could hang out in on his phone while we enjoyed the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends and I had great expectations visiting the newly renovated SFMOMA, but were disappointed. Each of us concluded separately that we were not very impressed. There is a huge amount of floor space, holding a modest number of works. We found it difficult to find works by artists we were especially interested in, and there seemed to be no... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We got tickets online well in advance of the day we attended.. a week-day mid morning reservation. The special exhibits were fascinating along with the regular collection. One could take all day there to enjoy everything. By mid-day the building was quite full and somewhat crowded to get around. Had a snack late morning at the in-house cafe- "Cafe 5".... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my first visit to the expanded museum. Warning - it is now huge! There are six floors of art. And there is enough variety to satisfy anyone who is at least reasonably interested in modern art. A huge and varied collection. Real fun if a bit daunting to get through thoroughly in one go. I had a break... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A great finish of a business day. A few hours strolling through known and less known art. I liked the police man who is so real.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautifully "re-invented" the architecture is crisp, modern and functional. We took elevator to the top 7th floor. It said, sculpture garden, but really a long balcony with 2 "statues". However the roof line is beautifully executed. Floor after floor of well curated collections. Several galleries consisted of just a handful of works by a particular artist. Nearly all were fantastic!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is a very interestning museum representing the modern american art in its best. Really a place for art lovers and those who pretend;-) Very nice cortyard with sculptures. Plan 2 hours to enjoy and relax.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The collection is quite varied and spread over 5 floors. They are fortunate to have the space to display large pieces of artwork on individual walls. I live in London and prefer the collection at the Tate Modern. $25 entry is expensive and must prevent lower income people accessing art - a shame. I have been travelling around the US... More 

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