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Three Reasons to Visit the New SFMOMA.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art gets a sparkling renovation.


Henrik Kam/courtesy of SFMOMA

After nearly three years of closure, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopens on May 14, following a $305 million upgrade. Rising behind its original five-story brick building is a new 10-story addition, with a rippled, sculptural facade inspired by the Bay, offering more art, more access, and more eats. Here are some highlights. sfmoma.org.  

andy warhol, Triple Elvis, 1963/courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society, New York

1. Expanded Exhibits

With 170,000 square feet of gallery space, the new SFMOMA has three times the room to display 1,900 new works of art. When it opens, the museum will include 260 pieces from the Fisher Collection (including a dozen Alexander Calder sculptures and a floor of Pop Art); the debut of the Pritzker Center for Photography (the largest permanent space dedicated to the display, study, and interpretation of photography in any United States art museum); and a new ongoing film program in partnership with the San Francisco Film Society.

Chuck Close, Agnes, 1998/courtesy of SFMOMA

2. Amped-up Accessibility

The entire first floor is now unticketed space, meaning you can walk through Richard Serra’s 214-ton steel mazelike figure eight, Sequence, just because you’re in the neighborhood. Also, admission is now free for those 18 and under.

3. Curated Cuisine

The new on-site restaurant, In Situ, has a museum mind-set, too. Chef Corey Lee—known for his three-Michelin-star restaurant Benu—is curating the menu like an art exhibit, recreating signature dishes from top chefs around the world, including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and René Redzepi.

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