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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
modern art museum in San Francisco, California, USA
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
modern art museum in San Francisco, California, USA

151 Third Street
San Francisco, California
United States

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Attention Bay Area! The MOMA experience is now available to all those who step into the Golden Gate Bridged beyond of San Francisco…well, almost available.

Currently closed for renovations, the museum, which was originally designed by Swiss architect, Mario Botta, reopens May 14, 2016 with some brank spanking new additions to its original structure. Just a hop, skip and displaced vagrant away from downtown San Francisco and the adjoining Tenderloin district, this neighborhood is an eclectic mix of tourists, spiffy corporate types and the homeless guy who rides with all three of his dogs on MUNI. SFMOMA is solely dedicated to 20th century and onward works of art, and I had the distinct pleasure of viewing quite a few of these pieces up close and personal.

Francis Bacon, Paul Klee and Robert Raucshenberg were topping the charts for me, but there’s a host of works by other key 20th century artists in the museum’s permanent collection such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Clyfford Still, etc etc etc. It’s also marked a hallmark moment in the career of our favorite drippy dude aka Jackson Pollock, who had his first solo show here! 

On a real sunny San Francisco day, it’s not a bad idea to grab some art-enthused buds to roam the gallery halls with, and then you might wanna grab some artisan coffee from the museum café and soak up some sun on the rooftop garden. That’s right, folks. SFMOMA has its very own rooftop garden for your sunbathing pleasure! Well, once it reopens, anyway. Until these guys spruce up the old museum halls, you can check out the virtual tour on their website. Or book your tickets for 2016! 

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Renowned architect Mario Botta designed the building, used too much granite, and managed to make a large building feel a bit cramped. The gift shop is very good, however.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is a modern art museum located in San Francisco, California. A nonprofit organization, SFMOMA holds an internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art, and was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th-century art. The museum’s current collection includes over 33,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts.[1] They are displayed in 170,000 square feet (16,000 m2) of exhibition space, making the museum one of the largest in the United States overall, and one of the largest in the world for modern and contemporary art.[2]

SFMOMA reopened on May 14, 2016, following a major three-year-long expansion project.[3] The expansion more than doubles the museum’s gallery spaces and provides almost six times as much public space as the previous building, allowing SFMOMA to showcase an expanded collection along with the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of contemporary art.[4]

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