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Day Trips - Your Guide to SFMOMA in the South Bay

Looking to take an art-filled day trip around the bay? Use our visit guide below to plan your excursion, complete with SFMOMA exhibitions, additional art on view, and our staffers' tips for spots to recharge along the way.

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Your Visit Guide to SFMOMA Exhibitions around San Francisco

Through May 26, 2014

Explore global culture and the local landscape with a tour of SFMOMA's exhibitions in San Francisco this spring. Discover recent South African art in the South of Market neighborhood with Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (on view through June 29; galleries open at noon). Then head across town to the Legion of Honor to experience vibrant works by a modern master in the jewel-sized exhibition Matisse from SFMOMA (on view through September 7). Finish with a sunset stroll among massive steel sculptures set against the glorious backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge in Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field (on view through May 26).

Plan your visit Thursday through Sunday, or on the first Tuesday of the month, to take in all three exhibitions. If you like to get an early start, you can maximize your art-viewing hours by reversing the direction of this tour, starting at Crissy Field (open at dawn) and ending the day at YBCA (open until 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday).

STOP 1: Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Thursday - Saturday noon - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday noon - 6:00 p.m.
First Tuesday of the month noon - 8:00 p.m.
YBCA admission information

Learn more about Public Intimacy

Getting There

Map and directions
For public transit information, visit 511.org.

Parking

Off-street paid parking is available at numerous neighborhood garages, including Jessie Square Garage (223 Stevenson Street) and Fifth & Mission Yerba Buena Garage (833 Mission Street).

SFMOMA Recommends: Our Staffers' Picks for Places to Visit Along the Way

Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls & Bowls

Build your own Vietnamese spring rolls at this spot in the Metreon. Too many choices? We suggest the lemongrass pork with pickled veggies, lettuce, and pineapple. 157 Fourth Street. eatatfreshroll.com

HRD

Korean fusion diner food: only in San Francisco! Your Mongolian cheesesteak will taste even better with a side of killer fries. 521-A Third Street. hrdcoffeeshop.com

Café Madeleine

You'll cross paths with SFMOMA staff picking up tasty salads and sandwiches here, but for a real treat, try the hot chocolate topped with chocolate whipped cream. 149 New Montgomery Street. cafemadeleinesf.com

Red Door Coffee

Breakfast here has become a habit for at least one SFMOMA staffer. Peruse the art at 111 Minna Gallery while you sip Four Barrel coffee and snack on donuts in creative flavors like chocolate with lavender and rose frosting. 111 Minna Street. reddoorcoffeesf.com

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Just across Mission Street from YBCA you'll find creative exhibitions exploring art, history, and Jewish culture, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Hungry? Reubens, matzo ball soup, and an amazing trout salad await at Wise Sons Deli, by the entrance to the museum. 736 Mission Street. thecjm.org / wisesonsdeli.com

STOP 2: Matisse from SFMOMA

Legion of Honor
Tuesday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Legion of Honor admission information

Learn more about Matisse from SFMOMA

Getting There

Map and directions
For public transit information, visit 511.org.
Driving from YBCA takes about 20 minutes; public transportation, about 45 minutes.

Parking

Free parking is available in front of the museum or along El Camino del Mar.

SFMOMA Recommends: Our Staffers' Picks for Places to Visit Along the Way

Pizzetta 211

Topped with anything from traditional tomatoes to shiitake mushrooms and leeks, the pizzettas here are as tasty as the room is tiny. And an SFMOMA staffer tips us off: "they have the cutest restaurant bathroom in town!" 211 23rd Avenue. pizzetta211.com

Shanghai Dumpling King

Savor the soup dumplings (and appreciate the reasonable prices) at this unpretentious eatery. 696 Monterey Boulevard. shanghaidumplingkingsf.com

Louis'

Bask in the incredible views of the Pacific from a window table at this old-school diner, a San Francisco institution since 1937. 902 Point Lobos Avenue. louissf.com

Lands End

On a clear day, a walk along the city's northwestern edge is a spectacular experience. If the wind off the ocean doesn't blow you away, the views will. parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/lands-end.html

Giant Camera

As if the views from the area behind the Cliff House weren’t good enough, this walk-in camera obscura offers a different perspective. 1096 Point Lobos Avenue. giantcamera.com

STOP 3: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Crissy Field
Open daily from dawn to dusk
Admission is free

Learn more about Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Getting There

Map and directions
For public transit information, visit 511.org.
Driving from the Legion of Honor takes about 12 minutes; public transportation, about 45 minutes.

Parking

Free and paid lots are available near East Beach (off Mason Street near Marina Boulevard) and near the West Bluff Picnic Area (at the western end of Mason Street).

SFMOMA Recommends: Our Staffers' Picks for Places to Visit Along the Way

Warming Hut

Grab a coffee and a sandwich and take in a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Located at the west end of Crissy Field.

Let's Be Frank

Grass-fed beef sausages and special sauces make this a cut above your usual hot dog stand. Located near the Warming Hut. letsbefrankdogs.com

Liverpool Lil's

Settle in with a beer or a bowl of soup at this cozy pub, a favorite neighborhood gathering spot. 2942 Lyon Street. liverpoollils.com

Presidio Social Club

At this former military barracks in the Presidio, you'll eat much better than the post's officers ever did. 563 Ruger Street. presidiosocialclub.com

Fort Point

Stroll over to historic Fort Point, under the shadow of the bridge, to watch hardy surfers catch some waves. On weekends, you can go inside and explore the amazing architecture of the fort itself. nps.gov/fopo/

Wave Organ

Hear the secret music of the waves with this wonderful sound sculpture created by artists Peter Richards and George Gonzalez for the Exploratorium. Located on the jetty past the Golden Gate Yacht Club at 1 Yacht Road. exploratorium.edu/visit/wave-organ

 

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