News Press Release


Museum Adds Public Viewing Hours and Exclusive Hours for Members to Accommodate High Demand

Release date: August 4, 2011


Photo: Winni Wintermeyer

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will extend viewing hours of its popular summer exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde in response to high demand. The show has received overwhelmingly favorable critical reviews and is expected to host some 350,000 visitors by the time it closes on September 6, at the end of what has unofficially been dubbed the "Summer of Stein" in San Francisco. During the exhibition's final weeks, the public can enjoy expanded museum hours on Saturday evenings, while SFMOMA members will have exclusive morning access to the show between 9 and 10 a.m. on weekends and Monday, September 5.

The Steins Collect reunites the unparalleled modern art collections of author Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael Stein, and Michael's wife, Sarah Stein. The story of the family's adventurous patronage of visual arts and the presentation of iconic works they collected has been met with enthusiasm from local and visiting audiences alike; The San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed the exhibition "Breathtaking," and The New York Times praised it as "Spectacular". The show is one of the highest attended exhibitions in SFMOMA's recent history. As the exhibition's sole venue on the West Coast, SFMOMA is proud to offer expanded access to the show before it travels to Paris and New York. For more information about the exhibition, see the full release.

Extended Public Viewing Hours for The Steins Collect

Saturdays, August 20–September
10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Due to the large crowds expected for this exhibition and limited ticket availability, it is highly recommended that advance timed tickets be purchased. A special discounted The Steins Collect timed ticket and mobile tour bundle is offered online at

Exclusive Members-Only Viewing Hours for The Steins Collect

Saturdays and Sundays, August 6–September 4, and Monday, September 5
9–10 a.m.
Regular member guest privileges apply. Tickets are available at the membership desk on a first-come, first-served basis until 9:45 a.m. Advance tickets are not available.

Parisian Treats at the Rooftop Coffee Bar and Caffè Museo

The Rooftop Coffee Bar and Caffè Museo will be open for the added public and member viewing hours and will offer dishes inspired by The Steins Collect. The Rooftop Coffee Bar features a Matisse Parfait, and Caffè Museo serves dishes influenced by the Alice B. Toklas Cook Book. Get more information.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Presenting support is provided by the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund. Lead Corporate support is provided by The Charles Schwab Corporation. Premier support is provided by the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund and the Koret Foundation. Major support is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater, Gerson and Barbara Bakar, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund; The Bernard Osher Foundation; and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Gay-Lynn and Robert Blanding, Jean and James E. Douglas Jr., Ann and Robert S. Fisher, Gretchen and Howard Leach, Elaine McKeon, Deborah and Kenneth Novack, Thelma and Gilbert Schnitzer, The Schnitzer Novack Foundation, and Lydia and Douglas Shorenstein. Additional support is provided by Dolly and George Chammas; Concepciá½¹n and Irwin Federman. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Major media support is provided by the Bay Area News Group and The Examiner. Generous promotional support is provided by KGO-TV and KQED.

Media Contacts

  • Jill Lynch, 415.357.4172,
  • Emma LeHocky, 415.357.4170,


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.

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