A day out with the whole family can be challenging: The kids want to be entertained, grandma gets tired easily and the aunt has very specific dietary requirements!
The newly transformed and extended San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turned out to be a big hit for The Extended Modern Family.
With three times more gallery space and collection of more than 33,000 works of architecture and design, media arts, painting, photography and sculpture – there was really something for everyone.
I was impressed for the FREE admission for visitors 18 and younger – it shows a real commitment to fostering the next generation of art lovers.
My 82-year-old mother was impressed with the attention given to seniors. We borrowed a cane/chair for her – so whenever she got tired she could rest in her seat.
My 14-year-old art enthusiast loved the contemporary and modern art, sculpture and photography. She came away inspired and with ideas for new methods to try out.
The younger girls loved using Boomerang for some very colourful Snapchat sessions. SFMOMA is Instagram heaven – there’s a photo op around every corner!
And my paleo-crazy sister found a perfect menu choice.
All in all – it was a very successful day!
My 82-year-old mother’s perspective
Visiting SFMoMA was a multigenerational experience and surprisingly pleasurable for all of us, despite slight disagreement on plans of action i.e. which exhibits to visit. From my point-of-view as the “eldest” of the group – the best “pick” was the handy-dandy stool that doubled as a walking aide if needed. The best “visual description” was the giant apple core – a rather graphic portrait of the inevitable discard. A big thank you to the museum for in recognition of the elder visitors most appreciated offering – the folding walking chair!
My 14-year-old’s perspective
I really enjoyed visiting the SFMoMA. There was a huge variety of modern and contemporary art, including photography, painting and sculptures. One of my favourite artist’s work that I saw was Chuck Close, which was part of the Fisher collection. I liked his painting so much because he used abstract shapes to create a realistic portrait, combining two major types in art. Inspired by him, am now planning on creating a painting similar to his style!
Where to eat:
Three restaurants Including InSitu by Michelin three-star Chef Corey Lee. We ate in Cafe 5 (on the fifth floor!) which serves light, California-fusion fare and you can eat inside or in an outside in the culture garden. My paleo-obsessed sister had grilled salmon with kale and quinoa salad in a citrus dressing, the under 12s ate from the kids menu (chicken burger) and my 82-year-old mother, who has a tiny appetite, ordered from the kids menu too and had grilled cheese with melon. It was perfect for everyone.
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IF YOU GO:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMoMA 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103 +1 (415) 357-4000 sfmoma.org