Day Trip Itineraries

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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

Through September 7, 2014

Explore the city through art this summer with a tour of SFMOMA's On the Go exhibitions! Ponder what "gorgeous" means to you at Gorgeous, on view at the Asian Art Museum (through September 14). 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 (through September 7).

Plan your visit Tuesday through Sunday to catch both exhibitions.

STOP 1: Gorgeous

Asian Art Museum
Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Asian Art Museum admission information

Learn more about Gorgeous

Getting There

Map and directions
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Off-street paid parking is available at Civic Center Plaza Garage.

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

Heart of the City Farmers' Market

Every Wednesday, United Nations Plaza is flooded with farmers selling orchids, spiced nuts, freshly caught fish, and seasonal fruits and veggies. Grab a bite from an Off the Grid food truck and take a seat by the fountain to scope out one of the city's most authentic scenes! United Nations Plaza, Market Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets.

Dottie's True Blue Café

A San Francisco favorite, Dottie's makes incredible pancakes and baked goods, but the black bean cakes seal the deal every time. It is worth the wait. 28 Sixth Street (between Market and Mission Streets).

Turtle Tower

Located in San Francisco's own "Little Saigon," Turtle Tower makes their own rice noodles and offers some of the most satisfying pho around. 645 Larkin Street.


Right around the corner from the museum, this cafe offers homemade kettle chips to accompany your salad or sandwich, along with tasty handcrafted pastries, jams, soups, and pastas. 154 McAllister Street.


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
Driving from the Asian Art Museum takes about 20 minutes; public transportation, about 45 minutes.


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.

Shanghai Dumpling King

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


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.

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.

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.


Looking to rent a car for your day trip? SFMOMA members receive a 70 percent discount on new Zipcar memberships ($25 application fee and $0 first year annual fee). Sign up at