SFMOMA Then and Now

Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photos: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA

The newly transformed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened its doors to the public on May 14, 2016. Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, the new SFMOMA, designed by Snøhetta, integrates a 10-story expansion with the original Mario Botta–designed building. With nearly three times more gallery space than before, it offers free public access to six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps. With free admission for visitors age 18 and younger, SFMOMA is more welcoming and more connected to San Francisco than ever before.

EarthCam’s time-lapse movie of the construction:

SFMOMA Hours and Admission

SFMOMA is open to the public seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Free public spaces open at 9 a.m. daily. The museum hosts extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m., giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy exhibitions and programs in the evening.

Annual membership begins at $100, and members enjoy unlimited free admission (with advance reservation). Adult admission to SFMOMA is $25 and admission for seniors 65 years and older is $22. Admission for visitors ages 19 through 24 is $19. SFMOMA provides free admission to all visitors 18 and younger, furthering its goal of building the next generation of art lovers.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103