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Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

1. Entry Tickets: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

SFMOMA now expands to 170,000 square feet, featuring outstanding holdings of more than 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Frida Kahlo, Julie Mehretu, and numerous others, including an entire floor dedicated solely to photography. With six art-filled terraces, a new sculptural staircase and Roman steps where the public can gather, a variety of dining options, and a Museum store offering artful gift options for everyone, SFMOMA is an unforgettable experience and a must-see San Francisco destination.   The museum is committed to exploring the new, the challenging, and the unexpected. From its internationally recognized and rapidly growing collection of more than thirty thousand artworks to its innovative film and performance programs, SFMOMA has continuously advanced the interpretation, presentation, and preservation of modern and contemporary art — embracing its connection to the world around us. Reflecting the Bay Area’s tradition of technological innovation and forward thinking, the museum was one of the first American art museums to recognize photography and film as art forms, and championed architecture, design, and media arts before they were focuses of museum collecting. The museum houses deep holdings of work by individual artists across their careers, particularly within its Painting and Sculpture collection. The museum are also dedicated to supporting and collecting the work of California artists, especially those active in the Bay Area. Artists are at the center of the work on display. Curators and conservators work directly with artists to interpret, present, and care for an artwork across its lifetime, even — as in the case of performance — if it’s only for one night. Located in San Francisco’s bustling SoMA district, SFMOMA is just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, downtown hotels, the Moscone Center, public transportation (including BART and Muni), and numerous parking garages. SFMOMA's garage on Minna Street is a few steps from the museum's main entrance on Third Street. Plus, parking on-site directly supports the museum. Limited bicycle parking is also available.

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San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

2. San Francisco: Mission District Food and Culture Tour

Take an interactive walking tour of one of the United States' best cultural and culinary neighborhoods, San Francisco's Mission District. Be entertained by stories from your expert guide as you sample Latin American cuisine. Meet your guide at the meeting point and hand over the cash for the food so they can pay for the entire group at each of the stops, minimizing waiting times and ensuring you get more for your money. Then, set off on your walking tour and make 4 culinary stops. Hear about the history of the city and learn about the Mission's unique food culture as you walk along the mural-lined streets between the restaurants. See some of San Francisco's coolest historic sights, explore a thriving arts district filled with murals, and, of course, visit a few select restaurants. Come hungry and get ready to dig into all the Mission District has to offer.

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San Francisco: 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour

3. San Francisco: 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Urban Hiking Tour

Take an urban hike with a professional guide to the beautiful 16th Avenue Tiled Steps. Admire the 163 steps of colorful mosaics, then visit a second set of nearby steps that most visitors don't know about. From the meeting point, head up into the hills of a quiet residential neighborhood in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Heights. Make your way toward the steps, which seemingly appear out of nowhere, and marvel at the way they dramatically flow from sea to sky. As you hike, hear about the link between the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps and the city's public transit system from your guide. Enjoy plenty of breaks on the way up to catch your breath, as well as time for Instagram photos when you arrive. Make sure to also look back over San Francisco for breathtaking views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, and the Golden Gate Bridge, depending on the fog. After, move on to a second set of steps hidden nearby, which many of the savviest of San Franciscans don't even know about. There, discover 148 steps depicting a native California wildlife scene with tiles covered in flowers, plants, dragonflies, salamanders, butterflies, and snails.

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San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

4. San Francisco: Private Walking Tour of Castro and Mission

Join this tour to explore Castro and Mission with a private guide, both known for their LGBTQ+ community and cool, artsy vibe. On this tour you will explore Harvey Milk’s ground zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official. As you explore Castro, your local tour guide will teach you about the extraordinary protests and accomplishments of San Francisco residents. See the colorful streets and LGBTQ+ bars while you hear about how locals have affected positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ+ rights. In Mission District, venture down Clarion Alley and admire urban graffiti and satirical political street art. Pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco and fall in love with Missions buzzing cultural mix.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

A fabulous collection!! Broad in its coverage of artists and impressive in its choice of pieces by each artist. The Diego mural, in and of itself, is worth the price of admission. The German artists after 1960 was exceptional. The range of Richter's was most impressive. New exhibit of "COVID related art" was moving. Racially immersive room was painful but very important.

SFMOMA is always a treat. We go every time we are in San Francisco. My favorite is Amstel Keivfer and he never disappoints. The museum’s special features never fail to amaze me and I can never leave the venue without a trip to the shop to see their new additions.

The museum is easy to get to and a wonderful variety of Art. They are working on redtoringva beautiful Diego Rivera mural! Would go again.

It was great. I was provided with the proper information I needed. I will surely use this again when I return.

Wasn’t crowded. All employees were friendly and helpful