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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
Phone Number:
+1 415-357-4000
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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7 floors of brilliant,thought provoking modern art. Could easily spend the whole day here. Not to be missed.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

7 floors of brilliant,thought provoking modern art. Could easily spend the whole day here. Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the worlds best museums. I was surprised and delighted by the building and exhibits - a truly remarkable place. This is a must see place if you are in San Francisco. The Clifford Stills exhibits were spectacular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After what felt like weeks of rain and hibernating, my husband and I decided to venture out and do something indoor fun. SF MoMA had been on our list for a long while so we decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about. Neither of us is a huge art connoisseur but we do enjoy modern... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I first visited when they had been opened for 2 months, so it was much more crowded than I would have liked. The line to get tickets at the museum could be very long. I'd suggest buying them in advance online. You could spend nearly half your day exploring this museum. With 7 floors of modern art, there is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's new and wonderful and I love it! Big and sprawling with great art all over and friendly people from woman giving you the headset to the guard who found my eyeglasses! And there's a gift store where you can spend money as well as two or three places to eat Wish I lived closer

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was good, but I was expecting much more. I went on a long weekend, there were crowds everywhere, I suggest taking the elevator all the way to the 7th floor then walk down the stairs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting SFMOMA was a highlight of my trip to San Francisco. The museum's collection was top notch. Highlights of the collections included many of modern arts most recognizable names including Braque, Picasso, and Klee. SFMOMA did a good job of highlighting West Coast artists through the 20th century. In addition to the strong permanent collection, the museum's Fischer collection was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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