’Tis the season to see it all. From metal spiders to a real snowman, there’s something fun for everyone at SFMOMA this winter. It’s the ideal destination for entertaining out-of-town guests or making a city staycation feel complete. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with this list of not-to-miss highlights.
’Tis the season
Visit SFMOMA this Winter
Access to all exhibitions, galleries, and cafes is included with general admission. Don’t forget, kids 18 and under always visit for free.
Peter Fischli + David Weiss’s Snowman
December 2, 2017–Spring 2018
Floor 3, Pat and Bill Wilson Sculpture Terrace
Who says it never snows in San Francisco? Chilling on our outdoor sculpture terrace, Fischli and Weiss’s surprising and whimsical work — a life-size snowman — defies the Bay Area climate (thanks to his frosty refrigerated case). Come make a new friend, and take a new selfie, before he melts away.
Image: Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Snowman, 1987/2016 (installation view, SFMOMA); © the artists, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery; photo: Mary Ellen Hawkins
Louise Bourgeois Spiders
October 7, 2017–September 4, 2018
Filling the museum’s sculpture gallery on Floor 5, Louise Bourgeois Spiders explores the captivating complexity of these elegant and fearsome creatures, at once clever, industrious, and protective. These darkly compelling works are sure to fascinate and delight.
Image: Louise Bourgeois Spiders (installation view), 2017; photo: Katie Booth
Robert Indiana’s Love
Floor 5, Jean and James Douglas Family Sculpture Garden
After the year we’ve had, we all could use a little love. Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture is perfectly situated in the outdoor sculpture garden next to Cafe 5. We all know museum fatigue is real, so take some time to soak up those love vibes while enjoying the winter light or fueling up with the salmon salad, a staff favorite.
Image: Robert Indiana, Love, 1966-99 (installation view); Collection Gillian and Simon Salama-Caro, promised gift to SFMOMA; © Robert Indiana / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photo: Katie Booth
Three Can’t-Miss Shows
This winter, you can take your pick. There’s an exhibition to suit anyone’s fancy. Introduce your teenager to the original hipster in Walker Evans. Get a lesson in artistic collaboration and experimentation in Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules. And you would be remiss if you missed visitor-favorite Soundtracks, where you can immerse yourself in a musically moving experience, find your own meditative moment, and go on a sonic journey through the museum.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, 2017 (installation view); photo: Don Ross
SFMOMA Museum Store
Floors 1 + 2
Just like a carefully curated exhibition, the SFMOMA Museum Store has an amazing collection of gifts; from home goods that will make you hip to jewelry from local designers to toys that get your gears going, and more. Make holiday shopping easier with this one-stop shop — where you can just as easily find something for your 5-year-old nephew as your 90-year-old grandma. The best part is that every purchase supports SFMOMA’s exhibitions and education programs. Check out this year’s gift guide and give artfully!
Image: SFMOMA Museum Store, 2017; photo: © Henrik Kam
|Senior (65 years and older)||$22|
|Age 19-24 with ID||$19|
|Age 18 and under||Free|
Prices may vary for special exhibitions. Tickets for visitors 18 and under can be booked online in conjunction with a paid or Member ticket, or in person at SFMOMA for same-day use.
Open Friday–Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Closed Wednesday.
SFMOMA is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.