Project Milestones

April 2014

Plans to create the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography signal new prominence in photography when the museum reopens. Funded by a lead gift from the Pritzkers and generous gifts from four additional benefactors, the more than 15,500-square-foot center will have the most exhibition space for photography of any art museum in the United States — extending SFMOMA's deep history of engagement with the medium and supporting its work in illuminating photography as it evolves into the 21st century.

February 2014

SFMOMA announces the launch of The Artist Initiative, a long-term project supported by a $1.75 million grant from the Mellon Foundation that will create a new model for collaborating with artists at the intersection of conservation and curatorial work and activate new off-site research spaces in advance of 2016 museum reopening.

November 2013

SFMOMA unveils the new grand stair design for its Haas Atrium. Embracing architect Mario Botta's original atrium design, the new stair will enhance the space for the display of art and serve as a bridge between the existing and new parts of the building, integrating them into a seamless whole.

SFMOMA announces that admission will be free for visitors 18 and under when its expanded building opens in 2016, deepening the museum's commitment to inspiring more young people through vibrant art experiences and encouraging repeat visits by local teens. Additionally, all artists with works in the collection will now receive free lifetime membership benefits, ensuring that the museum remains a meeting place for artists as it grows.

June 2013

SFMOMA's building closes for construction and the museum launches its On the Go program, presenting exhibitions and events throughout the Bay Area and around the state while the expansion is under way.

May 2013

The museum publicly launches Where Art Can Take You: The Campaign to Transform SFMOMA, announcing a new campaign goal of $610 million that includes a $5 million challenge grant to provide free admission for visitors ages 18 and under. Driven by the generous support of the Board of Trustees, the campaign has raised $545 million, or 89 percent of its goal.

A groundbreaking ceremony kicks off the museum's Countdown Celebration, four free days of festivities open to all before expansion construction begins.

February 2013

New details of building design reveal museum's broader vision for visitor experience and increasing role in city life, with more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible galleries to accommodate live performances and large-scale works of art, and field-leading contributions to global standards of energy efficiency for art museums.

November 2012

SFMOMA announces new gifts to its ongoing Collections Campaign with more than 470 photographs from three separate collectors, adding significant new depth to the museum’s holdings in 20th-century American and Japanese photography. Artists represented include Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Daido Moriyama, Irving Penn, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shōmei Tōmatsu, and Garry Winogrand, among others; gifts cement SFMOMA's standing as home to the largest collection of Japanese photography in the United States.

June 2012

SFMOMA announces plans for extensive off-site programming to take place during the approximately two-and-half year construction period between summer of 2013 and early 2016.

Projects to include collaborative exhibitions with a range of Bay Area museum partners, outdoor commissions, festivals, neighborhood-based initiatives, traveling exhibitions, and education and public programs.

February 2012

Public review and approvals process is completed, receiving unanimous votes.

November 2011

SFMOMA announces new capital campaign goal, increasing the scope of its expansion project from $480 million to $555 million, with nearly 80 percent of its capital campaign goal raised two years ahead of groundbreaking.

Snøhetta presents details of design and expanded building program. New sketches reveal innovative and audience-friendly design features, including free street-level galleries and public spaces, and dedicated educational spaces throughout the museum.

May 2011

SFMOMA unveils expansion conceptual designs.

Webcor is named the general contractor and joins the expansion project team.

February 2011

SFMOMA launches a multiyear Collections Campaign with 195 promised gifts from a committee of nine Bay Area collectors. Some of the artists represented include Diane Arbus, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Bruce Nauman, Jackson Pollock, Ed Ruscha, and David Smith.

September 2010

SFMOMA's Board of Trustees formally ratifies the selection of Snøhetta.

EHDD is named the local architect and joins the expansion project team.

The process of preparing a conceptual design begins.

July 2010

The architect selection committee recommends Snøhetta to collaborate with SFMOMA on the expansion.

May 2010

After examining the work of some 35 firms, the architect selection committee announces a short list of four firms — Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Foster + Partners, and Snøhetta — who are invited to present ideas on how they would approach the expansion project and meet SFMOMA's goals.

In the two months that follow, the search committee travels to the four firms' offices and visits relevant buildings to better understand how each practice might contribute to SFMOMA's vision.

February 2010

The partnership between SFMOMA and the Fisher family is formally ratified.

The museum announces challenge pledges totaling more than $250 million toward the projected $480 million campaign goal. This early challenge grant from museum leadership includes $100 million for the endowment — increasing it by 100 percent.

SFMOMA announces that it will partner with the city of San Francisco to relocate Fire Station 1 from its current location on Howard Street to a new, modern facility on Folsom Street, a significant gift from the museum to the community. In return, the city will turn over the existing firehouse and a small portion of Hunt Street behind it to SFMOMA.

Fall/Winter 2009

SFMOMA forms a committee to select the architect for the expansion.

SFMOMA works with the management consulting firm Bain & Company to complete a comprehensive business plan determining the operating expenses and related revenue and endowment requirements necessary to sustain an expanded program and facility.

September 2009

SFMOMA reaches a verbal agreement with the Fisher family to share the contemporary art collection of Gap founders Doris and Donald Fisher with the public.

April 2009

In response to dramatic growth in SFMOMA's programs, collections, and audiences, the museum announces plans to expand.