San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

Committed to presenting to the public challenging, new and unexpected works and movements in art, the internationally renowned collection held by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) totals more than 30,000 individual pieces in a panoply of media including drawing, film, installation, painting, photography, printing, sculpture, video and so much more. Featuring 2,000 works on display at any given time, it is the largest modern art museum by size of any in the United States and is divided into four curatorial departments, Painting and Sculpture, Architecture and Design, Photography and Media Arts.

The collection includes works of art created from 1900 to the present day boasting not only significant modernist masterpieces of the twentieth century including Henri Matisse’s revolutionary, “Woman with a Hat” (1905), the museum’s most famed and beloved painting, but more importantly highlights new creations by emerging artists working today. The museum also proudly houses the Fisher Collection, among the greatest private collections of twentieth and twenty-first century art in the world, comprised of more than 1,100 works of art by 185 celebrated American and European artists.

With approximately nine thousand paintings, sculptures and works on paper, the careers of numerous individual artists can be explored in depth as can the important art movements of the previous century from Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism in France to Expressionist German art of the pre-and-post-war periods and from American Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Pop art to Modernism in Latin America and beyond. A strong focus is also placed on Post-Modernist twenty-first century art and contemporary art from around the globe as well as on California artists, particularly those working in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SFMOMA is also home to the Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest museum space permanently dedicated to photography as an art form anywhere in the US complete with approximately 18,000 images dating from the advent of the medium in 1839 to the present. One of the first American museums to recognize photography as an art form, SFMOMA’s photography collection is both broad and deep featuring daguerreotypes, calotypes, salt prints, film images and digital images that capture, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes as well as imaginary states and alternate realities created by artists who work to manipulate the medium.

The Architecture and Design collection exists to connect visitors with pivotal works that have influenced popular culture. From renderings and models to finished decorative and technological works, the collection includes architectural relics, consumer products, furniture as well as found works of art like posters that employ graphic design and elements of everyday life that address disciplines of engineering and industrial design.

Surveying how artists have used movies, television and Internet technology in their work since the 1960s, the Media Arts collection encompasses a diverse range of film, online, slide, sound and video works as well as live performance art pieces. From conceptual immersive installations to participation-based pieces, the works reflect the San Francisco Bay Area’s tradition of technological innovation and forward thinking while creating engaging, often interactive experiences in public spaces throughout the museum.

The museum campus also includes casual and gourmet dining options, a lecture hall and theater, gift shop as well as free-to-the-public galleries at street level. The complex also houses the Koret Education Center offering opportunities for hands-on art-making and family-oriented artistic experiences.

"Intermission" (1963) - Edward Hopper

“Intermission” (1963) – Edward Hopper

"Berkeley #57" (1955) - Richard Diebenkorn

“Berkeley #57″ (1955) – Richard Diebenkorn

"Double Gong" (1953) - Alexander Calder

“Double Gong” (1953) – Alexander Calder

"Woman with a Hat" (1905) - Henri Matisse

“Woman with a Hat” (1905) – Henri Matisse

Official Museum Site


Visiting Hours:

Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Thursdays when the museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Adults: $25

Senior (65 and over): $22

Student (19 to 24 with student I.D.): $19

18 years of age and under: Free


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(San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)

151 Third Street

San Francisco, CA, 94103

(415) 357-4000






Current Exhibitions:

Designed in California

January 27, 2018 through May 27, 2018


Get with the Action – Political Posters from the 1960s to Now

September 16, 2017 through June 17, 2018


The Train – RFK’s Last Journey

March 17, 2018 through June 24, 2018


New Work – LANZA Atelier

March 31, 2018 through July 29, 2018


Alexander Calder – Scaling Up

October 21, 2017 through August 19, 2018


Louise Bourgeois Spiders

October 7, 2017 through September 4, 2018


Nothing Stable Under Heaven

March 3, 2018 through September 16, 2018


Sublime Seas – John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner

March 3, 2018 through September 16, 2018


Jim Campbell – Tilted Plane

March 3, 2018 through September 16, 2018


Selves and Others – Gifts to the Collection from Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein

March 24, 2018 through September 23, 2018


Approaching American Abstraction – The Fisher Collection



German Art After 1960 – The Fisher Collection



Pop, Minimal and Figurative Art – The Fisher Collection



Open Ended – Painting and Sculpture Since 1900



Julie Mehretu – HOWL, eon (I, II)



Upcoming Exhibitions:

René Magritte – The Fifth Season

May 19, 2018 through October 28, 2018


Must See in the Permanent Collection:


  • Woman with a Hat (1905) – Henri Matisse

  • Still Life, Violin and Candlestick (1910) – Georges Braque

  • Blossoms in the Night (1930) – Paul Klee

  • Frida and Diego Rivera (1931) – Frida Kahlo

  • The Flower Carrier (1935) – Diego Rivera

  • Enigmatic Combat (1936-1937) – Arshile Gorky

  • Guardians of the Secret (1943) – Jackson Pollock

  • Personal Values (1952) – René Magritte

  • Automobile Tire Print (1953) – Robert Rauschenberg

  • Berkeley #57 (1955) – Richard Diebenkorn

  • Women of Algiers (1955) – Pablo Picasso

  • No. 14, 1960 (1960) – Mark Rothko

  • PH-174 (1960) – Clyfford Still

  • Intermission (1963) – Edward Hopper

  • Land’s End (1963) – Jasper Johns

  • Falling Blue (1963) – Agnes Martin

  • National Velvet (1963) – Andy Warhol

  • Watsonville Olympia (1977) – Robert Bechtle


  • The Blond Negress (1926) – Constantin Brancusi

  • Hanging, Six-Lobed Continuous Form within a Form with One Suspended and Two Tied Spheres (1958) – Ruth Asawa

  • California Artist (1982) – Robert Arneson

  • The Nest (1994) – Louise Bourgeois

  • Sequence (2006) – Richard Serra


  • The Steamer Saïd, Sète (1857) – Gustave Le Gray

  • Yosemite Falls, View from the Bottom, Yosemite (1878) – Carleton E. Watkins

  • Door on the Old House (1903-1904) – Eugène Atget

  • Earthquake Images (1906) – Arnold Genthe

  • Martha Graham (1931) – Imogen Cunningham

  • Boards, San Francisco (1932) – Ansel Adams

  • Whale Vertebra (1934) – Edward Weston

  • Golden Gate Bridge (1935) – Peter Stackpole

  • The Road West, U.S. 54 in Southern New Mexico (1938) – Dorothea Lange

The Fisher Collection:

  • Cité (1951) – Ellsworth Kelly

  • Double Gong (1953) – Alexander Calder

  • Live Ammo (Tzing!) (1962) – Roy Lichtenstein

  • Second Voyage to Italy: Second Version (1962) – Cy Twombly

  • Triple Elvis (1963) – Andy Warhol

  • Night Sea (1963) – Agnes Martin

  • To Susan Buckwalter (1964) – Donald Judd

  • Cityscape Madrid (1968) – Gerhard Richter

  • Untitled (to Barnett Newman) Two (1971) – Dan Flavin

  • As It Goes (1978) – Philip Guston

  • Die Meistersinger (The Mastersingers) (1982) – Anselm Kiefer

  • Agnes (1998) – Chuck Close

  • Seascape (1998) – Gerhard Richter

  • Quantum Cloud VIII (1999) – Antony Gormley

  • 99 Cent (1999) – Andreas Gursky

  • Valley Streets (2003) – Wayne Thiebaud

  • Preparing the Flute (2005) – William Kentridge


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