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SFMOMA Reopens with Free Community Day on March 7

RSVPs open at 10 am on March 3. Free ticket includes free parking too
By - posted 3/2/2021 No Comment

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced it will reopen to the public with a Free Community Day and free parking on Sunday, March 7.

SFMOMA’s focus on visitor and staff health and safety remains front and center as it implements all recommended precautionary measures, including limiting the number of visitors each day to 25% of regular capacity with timed tickets; requiring masks for visitors and staff; providing hourly sanitation of public areas and requiring social distancing throughout the museum. These and other measures ensure SFMOMA is a welcome and safe space for its community and staff.

The museum will offer a special preview day for members on Saturday, March 6 followed by its free opening day for the public March 7. Advance timed reservations for all SFMOMA tickets are strongly encouraged, and timed tickets are required for all visitors including those 18 and under, who always enjoy free admission.

>> RSVPs open starting at 10 am on March 3 for the Free Community Day.

SFMOMA’s hours will be Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The museum will reopen with a range of timely and thought-provoking exhibitions including Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, highlighting seven local artists’ responses to the pandemicOff the Wall, featuring photography-based installations by five international contemporary artists whose inventive approaches stretch the boundaries of the medium and engage visitors in unconventional ways; and New Work: Charles Gaines, a new installation of two major works that explore the history of racism in the U.S. by returning to the 1857 Dred Scott Decision.

Inspired by the long history of murals in the Bay Area and their recent resurgence, SFMOMA has commissioned large-scale wall projects by local artists as part of a series titled Bay Area Walls. Vibrant works by Muzae Sesay and Twin Walls Mural Company that opened last fall remain on view. The series continues with a sweeping mural by Liz Hernández and poignant photo-based projects by Erina Alejo and Adrian L. Burrell that respond to murals in San Francisco and Oakland created during the pandemic. Later this month the museum will present Contemporary Optics: Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, and Anish Kapoor, an exhibition that transports viewers to visually captivating, other-worldly landscapes including Eliasson’s One-way colour tunnel, a visitor favorite that returns to the museum’s Oculus Bridge.



Following guidelines and best practices recommended by the State of California and the City of San Francisco’s Departments of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the American Alliance of Museums, SFMOMA has the following precautions in place for the health and safety of its visitors and staff:

  • SFMOMA’s Third Street entrance is the only public entrance until further notice.
  • Daily attendance is capped at 25% capacity. Admission tickets are timed to help pace entry into the museum and in the galleries. Elevator capacity is limited to no more than 4 people per ride.
  • Masks are required in SFMOMA and the Museum Store for all guests three years and older. SFMOMA will provide complimentary masks to those arriving without one. Durable, reusable SFMOMA-designed masks are available for purchase in the Museum Store.
  • Touch-free hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the museum.
  • Visitors and members are encouraged to reserve timed tickets at sfmoma.org/tickets.
  • Ticketing and Membership desks as well as transaction stations in the Museum Store have Plexiglass shields and offer touchless payment options. Public spaces are sanitized hourly with an emphasis on high-frequency spaces and surfaces.
  • Interactive experiences and in-gallery videos are looped to limit high-touch activities.
  • Audioguide device rental is suspended, but visitors can download SFMOMA’s free app to enjoy audio tours.
  • SFMOMA’s water fountains and staffed coat check are closed. An unstaffed coat check is available in Haas, Jr. Atrium off Third Street. Public restrooms remain open with hourly sanitization.
  • Health and safety, directional wayfinding and social distancing signage are installed throughout SFMOMA’s galleries and public spaces.
  • SFMOMA’s climate control and filtration systems provide the highest standard of museum quality air purification.


Exhibitions currently on view at the museum include:

  • Bay Area Walls artist commission Muzae Sesay: Cut Trees
  • Future Histories: Theaster Gates and Cauleen Smith
  • Bay Area Walls artist commission Twin Walls Mural Company: Our Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams
  • New Work: Charles Gaines
  • Bay Area Walls artist commission Liz Hernández: Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro (A spell for the healing of our future)
  • Bay Area Walls photography commission Erina Alejo: My Ancestors Followed Me Here
  • Bay Area Walls photography commission Adrian L. Burrell: It’s After the End of the World, Don’t You Know That Yet?
  • Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis
  • Off the Wall


While Cafe 5 will reopen at a later date, outdoor seating in the museum’s fifth-floor Jean and James Douglas Family Sculpture Garden will be available. SFMOMA’s parking garage is open and will offer free parking to all visitors on its Free Community Day, March 7. After that, parking tickets can be self-validated at the Ticketing Desk.


SFMOMA’s main Museum Store off Third Street will reopen March 6. Store hours will be Friday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Shoppers can also enjoy the online Museum Store at museumstore/sfmoma.org. The reopening of the Museum Store at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be announced at a later date.

The Artists Gallery at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture is now open by appointment only, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Book an in-person appointment or browse the Gallery’s catalogue of works from local artists available for purchase or lease at artistsgallerycatalogue.sfmoma.org.


Until further notice, SFMOMA’s public hours are:

  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday                       10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday                                                                     1–8 p.m.
  • Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

In addition to offering Free Community Days throughout the year, SFMOMA participates in free access programs including Discover & Go, Blue Star Military Access program and the City of San Francisco’s Museums for All. More information can be found at sfmoma.org/deals-discounts.