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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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If you’re in the San Francisco area and you’re looking for something amazing to do, plan on a visit to The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. SFMOMA has been around for over sixty years. This museum is one of the very first museums to begin displaying photographs as a form of fine art. This location is also known for hosting Jackson Pollock’s first museum exhibition.

In 1937 there were film screenings held at the SFMOMA, under the direction of Grace Morely. Eventually the SFMOMA would become home to the Art in Cinema series, for 9 years. Continuing to expand into new areas of new media, the SFMOMA launched a TV show called “Art in Your Life.” Later, this series was renamed the more commonly known “Discovery” which ran for three years.

More recently, in 2009 the museum gained the privilege of serving as custodian for the contemporary art collection owned by Doris and Donald Fisher. This collection includes over 1,100 pieces of contemporary art from artists such as Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Andy Warhol and many others. This collection will be on loan to the SFMOMA for a period of 100 years.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California is a nonprofit organization. The building was temporarily closed in June of 2013 for a two and a half year expansion project.

If you are considering visiting the museum once it has reopened, you can visit their website in order to plan your trip. The website at also lets users look through the museum’s permanent collection catalogue.

If you are a student in need of research materials for your project or thesis, the SFMOMA has a research library that was established in 1935. The library is home to countless resources about contemporary and modern art. This collection includes books, newspapers, artists’ personal files, lecture recordings and much more.

Visitors to this museum often compliment the staff for being so incredible and they enjoy the fact that even though SFMOMA is a Modern Art museum, they often display many contemporary and temporary exhibits. There are multiple artists of note to see here as well including Matisse and Rothko. The museum is stunning and the city is beautiful. If you are able to stop here, with family or friends, it is a trip you will remember! The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a place where the imagination can truly grow.


Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m.
Address/Map:  151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 357-4000
Website: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art