San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
SFMOMA is one of San Francisco’s must-see destinations, located within walking distance of Union Square. Explore seven floors of extraordinary art, including world-class exhibitions, the largest living wall in the U.S., and breathtaking city views from outdoor gardens and terraces. Save time and pre-purchase tickets (admission is free for visitors 18 and under), or reserve a unique private guided tour experience in advance. Free public tours and audio guides are available onsite. Effective immediately, SFMOMA will offer free admission to Federal Employees who show their federally issued ID. This is for adult admission and does not include a +1.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighborhood: Downtown San Francisco
How to get there
  • Montgomery St • 6 min walk
  • Montgomery St • 6 min walk
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  • artess1
    Tiburon, California368 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Fun and Great Contemporary Art
    A wonderful modern art museum with a fascinating array of contemporary artist & exhibits. The current "Yayol Kusama Show" is deceptively simple, just 3 installations: 2 with interactive art (2 mins. allowed in each room) and the fabulous gigantic pumpkin tea pot (10 -12 Ft. long) and multi-lit walkway on the 6th floor. 3 Cafes': "Grace" full menu, 2nd floor "Steps Coffee Stop" & "Cafe 5" on the 5th floor are perfect for quick lunch or afternoon "break". Parking Garage: is on Minna Street a right turn off 3rd Street "just past the Museum's front entrance (on Minna go to "2nd garage entry").
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 27, 2023
  • bcheong
    Shanghai, China45,915 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yayoi and more
    A very good modern museum, and extra point for staging the yayoi show The permanent exhibitions have lots of reknowned and not so reknowned names. Famous ones - warhol, rothko, picasso, kahlo, matisse, mondrien, indiana, calder etc. just to name a few The yayoi exhibition has 2 rooms (2 min each), and a newly done (2023) giant pumpkin(s). Tickets sell out months in advance Multiple cafes to rest your feet at 9/10
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • flotravels99
    San Diego, California21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just abstract or pop art
    Beautiful building housing a variety of collections. Modern art isn’t my favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The exhibits are thought-provoking and there is something for everyone here. The outdoor spaces offer a breath of fresh air and quiet. Large windows with seating offer a fun view of the city and photo opportunities. This museum is large and does not feel crowded so one can relax and immerse themselves in the art.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 11, 2024
  • GillJezz
    Aberystwyth, United Kingdom541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theres something for everyone
    This is a terrific museum in a beautiful large, light, airy building. There is so much here of different styles and tastes that you can't fail to find exhibits that will hold your attention. Start from the top and work your way down. It worked for us. We were also impressed that they don't funnel you through the gift shop at the exit like so many places.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
  • Jennifer G
    Brookline, Massachusetts67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SFMOMA is a SFMUST!
    If you enjoy modern art museums, don't miss this one! The building is expansive and filled with natural light. The unexpectedly broad collection is fun, interesting and very well-curated. WIth only a few free hours, we weren't able to participate in any of the great programming on offer, or snack at the beautiful rooftop cafe, but we did make sure to swing by the wonderful museum store.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2024
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GoPlaces51355181444
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Business
Worst art gallery ever. Half the paintings are just some person scribbling with no meaning. Waste of money and time. Do better
Written June 13, 2024
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Lady Gigglemug
Monrovia, CA4,386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m not a huge fan of modern art but I thoroughly enjoyed the SF MOMA! There are lots of interesting pieces and exhibits - many of which challenge perspectives and invoke marvel at the creativity of the artists - I had a great time - very impressive!

The museum is several stories and each level has numerous exhibits of varying art mediums from paintings and drawings to sculptures and photographs and everything in between.

Some of the exhibits are interactive- such as their famous “pumpkin” piece or the popular, colorful retro-bridge you can walk through and look down on the lobby three stories beneath your feet! From the lobby floor you can also look up and see the people walking across - I loved it!

Be sure not to miss out on the art displays in their numerous gardens too - there are some truly unique pieces there. One of them even had several uncanny head sculptures that made you feel like you are walking through a Tim Burton movie lol.

The layout of the exhibits and pieces is very thoughtful and well done - creating a nice flow as you move from space to space and leaving enough room for the crowds to move through easily. There are ample opportunities to sit on benches and contemplate the art laid out before you. Staff were friendly and helpful. They have a cafe with indoor and patio seating on site.

Tickets are $30 for adults at the time of this writing which is a little pricey but there’s so much to see and it’s so well curated - I’d say the price is justified. Some of the hotels nearby offer their guests free tickets - I stayed at the W by Marriott right next door and they gave me two free tickets so that was a huge score!

Parking in the area is all paid - either street or public garages, is expensive and a huge headache so I recommend avoiding it if at all possible. The surrounding area is a tad sketchy as well and I personally wouldn’t want to park on the street. Just be vigilant and careful where you park.

Definitely a great museum stop if you’re exploring the city - and especially if you’re a fan of modern art.
Written June 9, 2024
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Cassie K
North Vancouver, Canada131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I'll start off by saying that Art Museums are not my thing. I have this 4 stars because I know it's a great art museum even if I don't enjoy all the exhibits. This place is huge! 7 floors. Easy to kill an hour or two here. Wide open spaces and thought-provoking art in a wide range of styles. A treat for almost all the senses.
Written June 8, 2024
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ElvisAndrus
Arlington, TX924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Big and diverse. If you are not a member a four hour stay would not cover it all. Friendly docents, peaceful architecture and tons to see
Written May 23, 2024
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Jennifer G
Brookline, MA67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you enjoy modern art museums, don't miss this one! The building is expansive and filled with natural light. The unexpectedly broad collection is fun, interesting and very well-curated. WIth only a few free hours, we weren't able to participate in any of the great programming on offer, or snack at the beautiful rooftop cafe, but we did make sure to swing by the wonderful museum store.
Written April 19, 2024
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GillJezz
Aberystwyth, UK541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a terrific museum in a beautiful large, light, airy building. There is so much here of different styles and tastes that you can't fail to find exhibits that will hold your attention. Start from the top and work your way down. It worked for us.
We were also impressed that they don't funnel you through the gift shop at the exit like so many places.
Written March 15, 2024
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flotravels99
San Diego, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful building housing a variety of collections. Modern art isn’t my favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The exhibits are thought-provoking and there is something for everyone here. The outdoor spaces offer a breath of fresh air and quiet. Large windows with seating offer a fun view of the city and photo opportunities. This museum is large and does not feel crowded so one can relax and immerse themselves in the art.
Written March 11, 2024
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TheTunaFiles
Perth, Australia45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed wandering through the museum but not sure it was worth the entrance fee. Easy to get to in the heart of SF by public transport
Written February 20, 2024
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Daithí Mac
Sydney, Australia182 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the worst museums I have ever been to. I thought the items on display were terrible. Could not believe the rubbish I was looking at. And I was not the only one. Absolutely sh*te. Glad the tickets were free.
Written January 15, 2024
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bcheong
Shanghai, China45,915 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A very good modern museum, and extra point for staging the yayoi show

The permanent exhibitions have lots of reknowned and not so reknowned names. Famous ones - warhol, rothko, picasso, kahlo, matisse, mondrien, indiana, calder etc. just to name a few

The yayoi exhibition has 2 rooms (2 min each), and a newly done (2023) giant pumpkin(s). Tickets sell out months in advance

Multiple cafes to rest your feet at

9/10
Written December 26, 2023
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