151 3rd St
(between Howard & Mission St)
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 357-4000
fax: (415) 357-4037
Thurs 11am-8:45pm; Fri-Tues 11am-5:45pm
NileGuide Expert tip:
Opening weekends of special exhibits can be madhouses. While it's cool that the museum stays open late on Thursdays, there may be crowds.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, or SF MoMA, boasts world-class international art installations and is a unique architectural marvel in and of itself. Past special exhibits have included Matthew Barney, Frida Kahlo, Diane Arbus, Claes Oldenburg, and Marc Chagall, just to give you a taste of SF MoMA's diverse coverage of modern and contemporary art-world darlings. The permanent collections are nothing to shake a stick at, either. The painting wing features an array of modern masters, from Magritte to Pollock, and the photography, architecture and design, and media arts wings are full of visual delights. The top floor features awe-inspiring full-room installations (and we really mean FULL room) that are better left experienced rather than spoiled here. SF MoMA also has one of the best gift shops in San Fran. If you feel petered out after wandering through the museum, catch a flick at the SF Metreon entertainment complex, only a block away.