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Day Trips - Your Guide to SFMOMA in the South Bay

Looking to take an art-filled day trip? Use our itinerary 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

Explore the Bay Area through art with a tour of SFMOMA's On the Go exhibitions! Check out Markus Schinwald, the Vienna-based artist's first major museum commission in the United States, on view at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (through December 13, 2014). Then head across the bay for Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California at the Oakland Museum of California (through April 12, 2015) to discover the local histories and social forces that changed the face of art in — and beyond — the Golden State.

Plan your visit Wednesday through Saturday to catch both exhibitions.

STOP 1: Markus Schinwald

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Tuesday - Friday, noon - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday noon - 5:00 p.m.
CCA Wattis Institute admission information

Learn more about Markus Schinwald

Getting There

Map and directions
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Free street parking is available around the Wattis after 6 p.m. A parking lot is also conveniently located directly across the street.

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

Live Sushi Bar

Located just around the corner from the Wattis, this casual sushi bar offers a variety of tasty dishes, from live uni and scallops to fresh Spanish mackerel. 2001 17th Street.

Anchor Brewing

Tour three floors of brewery bliss and get a glimpse into a centuries-old craft-brewing tradition before indulging in your very own beer tasting. Open only on weekdays; reservations required. 1705 Mariposa Street.

San Francisco Center for the Book

Learn the art of bookmaking, listen in on a poetry reading, or attend a book release party at this bibliophile's paradise. 375 Rhode Island Street.

San Francisco Design Center

Love traditional and contemporary interior design? Then this is the place for you! Tour the showrooms and recharge at one of two restaurants located in the Garden Court building. 101 Henry Adams Street.

Piccino Café

This neighborhood gem serves up a seasonal menu of thin-crust pizzas, small plates, entrees, and desserts. Pop over to the Piccino Coffee Bar (entrance on 22nd Street) for a cup of Sightglass coffee and yummy baked goods. 1001 Minnesota Street.

STOP 2: Fertile Ground

Oakland Museum of California
Wednesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California information

Learn more about Fertile Ground

Getting There

Map and directions
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Driving from the Wattis takes about 20 minutes; public transportation, about 40 minutes.


Off-street parking is available at the parking garage on Oak Street between 10th and 12th Streets.

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

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill

This Oakland institution offers an ideal setting for unwinding with friends over a glass of wine — all while taking in the gorgeous views of Lake Merritt. 1520 Lakeside Drive.

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana

Run by a mother-son duo, this welcoming restaurant serves up authentic Mexican fare. Says one SFMOMA staffer: "I dream about their chilaquiles." 468 8th Street.

Friday Nights @ OMCA

Dance, craft, and hit up the food trucks before heading into the galleries. With half-price admission for adults and free admission for everyone 18 and under, what's not to love? OMCA 10th Street entrance.

Awaken Cafe

Dubbed "Best Café" by East Bay Express, this spot offers live music, an espresso bar, and a craft beer and wine bar. Grab a coffee and sandwich before making your way to the museum. 1429 Broadway Street.


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