San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has always strived to be an eclectic, unconventional museum, since it opened in 1935, and a visit here 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.
A must-see is SFMOMA’s standout photography collection, which features works by Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, and William Klein. On your way in, be sure to check out the vibrant comic-book murals in the main atrium.
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.