It took three years to transform and expand the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) but it was well worth the wait! With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the stunning 7-floor museum features a vast collection of modern and contemporary art, photography and sculpture. And SFMOMA’s transformed digital program creates a cutting-edge experience for all of its visitors, including a groundbreaking new mobile app to help people engage and learn. We got a sneak peek prior to the museum’s May 14, 2016 opening to the public… and in a word, the newly expanded museum is “breathtaking!” We’ve highlighted below some of the favorite parts of our tour.
The Magna Carta
May 7 – June 5, 2011
Don’t miss seeing the Magna Carta (Great Charter of English Liberties) – one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy – on display now for a limited time only at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor as part of BritWeek 2011. It’s the first public display on this continent in its nearly 800-year history (it was in the U.S. twice before, both times for private events only).
There’s a lot going on this month! Check out these May Events & “Fun Things To Do” in the San Francisco Bay Area… and beyond in our Love to Eat and Travel May Calendar of Events. Be sure to check our Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Love to Eat and Travel web site each month for updates throughout the year. Enjoy!
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“Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism”
October 16, 2010 – January 9, 2011
“Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism” exhibit introduces audiences to the development of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700–1900) and reveals its profound influence on Western art during the era of Impressionism. The term “Japanesque” was first used in English in the mid 1880s to refer to the Japanese style or manner.
WOW – what an amazing museum! The California Academy of Sciences is our favorite museum in San Francisco. It’s the only place in the world that houses one of the world’s largest Planetariums, an Aquarium and Coral Reef, a Natural History Museum, and a glass-domed Rainforest – all under the same roof.
Plan on spending the whole day here – there’s SO much to see. The Planetarium offers an incredible experience! See what it feels like to travel into space and explore the universe. We recommend that you get your Planetarium show tickets when you arrive at the museum before they sell out (they’re included in the price of admission) – the shows are extremely popular and the line gets longer throughout the day.
Our favorite area of the museum is the Rainforest (middle picture above). Judging from the crowds, we’re not the only ones! Head over to the Rainforest early before the line gets too long. Costa Rica (the top level) is truly magical. Peer over the railings and look down through the center of the Rainforest – you’ll see free-flying birds and butterflies, and fish swimming below. It’s truly stunning!
What’s even more amazing is the view of the Amazon-flooded Forest, located three levels below. Watch people under the 25-ft long acrylic tunnel as they gaze up at the fish swimming overhead. After visiting the Rainforest, take the elevator down to the museum’s spectacular 25-ft deep Aquarium (picture top left). It houses the world’s deepest (and the nation’s biggest) interior Coral Reef ecosystem – and over 3,000 exotic fish, including sharks, rays and sea turtles. Be sure to check out the Moon Jellies too. We could have stood there watching for hours – the sea life is incredible!
Don’t miss the Penguin feeding (10:30am and 3:30pm) at the far end of African Hall – that’s when they’re at their most playful. Arrive early if you want to get a good view as this is one of the museum’s most popular attractions and the room fills up quickly.
Take the elevator up to the 2.5-acre “green” Living Roof (picture top right) and open-air Observation Terrace – the views from the top are spectacular, especially on a fog-free day. Get a bird’s eye view of Golden Gate Park, the Music Concourse (and Bandshell) and the M.H. de Young Museum. The Living Roof features almost two million native California plant species, including perennial plants and colorful native wildflowers. Specialists are on hand to answer your questions, so don’t be shy.
When you get to the Swamp (another popular museum exhibit), say hi to Claude – he’s the first White Alligator we’ve ever seen – and he’s quite stunning. Bonnie‘s the other alligator – they make quite a couple!
All that walking around is bound to make you hungry. No worries – head over to the Academy’s spacious open Piazza, located just inside the main entrance. It’s a fun place to grab a cup of coffee and and a snack, relax and people-watch. There’s also the Academy Cafe offering food from the Mediterranean,Southeast Asia and Mexico -as well as a noodle station featuring Charles Phan’s Vietnamese classics. And then there’s the more fancy Moss Room – an intimate 65-seat restaurant showcasing Loretta Keller’s signature California-Mediterranean cuisine.
If you haven’t visited the museum yet, or want to go back again, take advantage of the Special Offer going on NOW and save 20% on your admission ticket – and skip all the huge ticket buying lines. (Normally $24.49); the discount price is only $19.60. FYI… offer expires September 30, 2009. It’s a great last-minute FUN thing to do over Labor Day Weekend.
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WOW – what a FUN experience! If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to travel into space and explore the universe, this comes pretty close. We caught one of the shows at the NEW Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park during one of their “Nightlife” Thursdays – which by the way, if you haven’t gone to a Nightlife event yet, it’s a blast! There’s something special about exploring this museum at night – add in music and cocktails… and it’s a party!
What a FUN day out! The NEW California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park recently opened on September 27, 2008. It’s a “must-see” – especially if you have kids!
It’s the only place in the world that houses one of the world’s largest Planetariums, an Aquarium and Coral Reef, a Natural History Museum, and a glass-domed Rainforest — all under the same “Living Roof.”
Treat your family to a fun museum adventure over the Holiday Season – we can’t wait to go back again!
More Info and Pictures of the California Academy of Sciences
Aquarium / Amazon Forest / Coral Reef
African Hall / Penguins & Penguin Feedings
Living Roof / Observation Terrace
Rainforest / Birds & Butterflies
The Swamp / White Alligator
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