San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Photograph: Courtesy SFMOMA

The second-largest US museum devoted to modern art and the first museum on the West coast dedicated solely to 20th century art, SFMOMA boasts a collection of more than 33,000 works housed in 170,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum closed in June of 2013 for an expansion project that more than doubled the museum's gallery space, making room to showcase an expanded collection, as well as the unmissable Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of contemporary art. Swiss architect Mario Botta's red-brick building, with its huge, circular skylight, is as dramatic from the outside as within, and still feels brand new. Don't miss the spectacular catwalk beneath the skylight, accessible from the top-floor galleries: though not recommended if you suffer vertigo, it offers a stunning view of the striped marble below. The four floors of galleries that rise above the stark black-marble reception area house a solid permanent collection, including works by artists as varied as René Magritte, Jeff Koons, Piet Mondrian and Marcel Duchamp.


Venue name: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Address: 151 3rd St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Memorial Day–Labor Day 10am–5:45pm Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun; 10am–8:45pm Thu. Labor Day–Memorial Day 11am–5:45pm Mon, Tue, Fri–Sun; 11am–8:45pm Thu
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