Since opening in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has served as an eclectic, unconventional museum, and a visit will surely be a unique experience. After all, this is a museum that took a chance on then-unknowns like Matthew Barney and his poetic videos involving industrial quantities of Vaseline, and Olafur Eliasson's outer-space installations.
The permanent collection includes work by all the great American and European artists but is particularly strong in American abstract expressionism, with major works by Clyfford Still, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston. The permanent collection also contains several works by Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and by Bay Area artists Robert Arneson and Richard Diebenkorn. Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol are also represented.
Located in SoMA (South of Market Street) neighborhood, on 3rd Street, between Mission and Howard streets, SFMOMA is easily accessible by car and public transportation. It's close to the galleries and museums that cluster around Yerba Buena Arts District. A café and shop are located on the ground floor.