The new SFMoMA: Something for every generation!

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We took our teenage art scholar - and the extended family - to the new SFMOMA. The museum's goal is to make the art of our time a meaningful part of public life.

We took our teenage art scholar – and the extended family – to the new SFMOMA. The museum’s goal is to make the art of our time a meaningful part of public life.


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!



SFMOMA is dedicated fostering creativity and embracing new ways of seeing the world. My girls had fun capturing their moment on Snapchat and Instagram!


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!



Admiring Dennis Adams’ Patricia Hearst: A thru Z.


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!



Andy Warhol, Triple Elvis [Ferus type], 1963


SFMOMA - yellow

Smile for mummy!!


Contemplating Brian Nauman's Life Death/Knows Doesn't Know art installation with neon tubing / clear glass

Contemplating Brian Nauman’s Life Death/Knows Doesn’t Know art installation with neon tubing / clear glass


My paleo-obsessed sister had grilled salmon with kale and quinoa salad in a citrus dressing.

My paleo-obsessed sister had grilled salmon with kale and quinoa salad in a citrus dressing.


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.



SFMOMA has something for everyone – including preteens! @sfmoma! #boomerang #familytravel

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMoMA 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103 +1  (415) 357-4000

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  1. 09/10/2016 / 22:40

    Not sure if my first reply went through sorry if this is a repeat..but love that the SF Moma is 18 and under. I miss visiting it when I lived out in SF. A wonderful museum. #CultureKids

  2. 09/10/2016 / 22:36

    18 and under admission for free is a great thing. Prompted me to look up Moma’s (in NY) and it’s 16 and under. I used to love visiting SF Moma when I lived there. Nice to read about its expansion and upgrades. #CultureKids

  3. 08/10/2016 / 18:27

    To have walking aids/seats for those less mobile and free access for under 18s really encourages all ages and people to visit. Everyone is welcome. Great location for all the family, whatever the weather too!
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  4. 07/10/2016 / 17:31

    They really seem to have thought it through – free entry for under 18s is wonderful and the handy seat is a lovely thought. Lots to see, definitely one for my list when we make it back to the city. #culturedkids
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  5. 07/10/2016 / 08:08

    I love all the photos of the kids with their grandma and what a fab idea to loan out cane chairs. I could do with one of those myself when visiting art galleries as I love looking at a piece for ages! #CulturedKids

  6. 16/09/2016 / 10:30

    Will keep in mind once we go SanFran one day. Agree that free entry for under 18 is a great encouragement to get youngsters into art. Fab article Susanna!

    • 18/09/2016 / 17:43

      My girls loved going!

  7. 13/09/2016 / 13:34

    That looks like a really interesting place to visit and so lovely that they cater for all age groups. I would be in photography heaven

    • 18/09/2016 / 17:44

      That’s what the girls loved doing – taking photos and videos and posting on social media.

  8. 13/09/2016 / 13:08

    What an amazing place and how great that they loan out the seats to you x x x

    • 18/09/2016 / 17:45

      My mother was so pleased to get the cane seat! It cam win very handy x

  9. 12/09/2016 / 18:00

    That’s such an amazing place – I have dreamed of seeing the Elvis capture! Gorgeous. I laughed when I saw your photographs because whenever we are in a gallery, I make my boys line up for a photo too – that way I can say that I tried to inject some culture into their lives when they look back through our albums!

  10. 12/09/2016 / 09:37

    It does look like a fascinating place to visit and so very Instagrammable too!

  11. 11/09/2016 / 07:37

    It looks like a perfect building for modern art with its bright, airy galleries. How nice an art gallery appeals to every generation.
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  12. 10/09/2016 / 20:13

    This looks like a great place for all the family – the chair/walking stick is inspriational! San Francisco is my husband’s favourite city but i haven’t made it there yet. I love Modern Art so will have to check this place out when we do go! x

  13. 10/09/2016 / 11:10

    Looks like a photographers paradise! It’s unusual to find somehwere which can be interesting for young and old alike, but this looks like it finds the perfect balance for the whole family. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but this would definitely be on my list pf places to visit if I ever make it over there.