Collections Study Center FAQ
How do I access these materials?
Those interested in accessing prints, drawings, photographs, and other works on paper can schedule appointments by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors and researchers must request an appointment at least three weeks in advance.
The email should include a summary or explanation of the appointment’s purpose. Please follow this link to view the General Guidelines + Physical Handling Rules.
Visitors are also encouraged to first explore SFMOMA’s website to get better acquainted with the breadth of the museum’s collection and determine what material is available for request.
How is the Collections Study Center different from the Library or Archives?
The Collections Study Center gives researchers access to artworks from the museum’s collection that are not currently on display.
The Library + Archives provide access to books, serials, exhibition documentation, ephemera, media collections, and other non-art materials.
I would like to publish an image of an SFMOMA artwork in my book. How do I obtain permission?
Senior Intellectual Property Associate
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco CA 94103
I own an artwork. Can you tell me how much it is worth?
SFMOMA staff cannot provide such evaluations. Please consult an appraiser to determine the value of your artwork. Appraisers are trained specialists who work for a fee. They will evaluate your piece and give you a written statement of its value. The following organizations do not provide appraisals themselves, but each publishes a directory of its members. Always seek an appraiser with expertise in the type of artwork you own.
Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South
New York NY 10001
American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston VA 20190
703.478.2228 or 800.ASA.VALU
International Society of Appraisers
225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 650
Chicago IL 60606
Some auction houses host “open house” days where visitors can bring in artworks and staff members share their expertise for free. Other houses allow owners to mail in information with a photograph of the artwork. To find an auction house in your area, search online for “fine art auction houses.”