Event Planning Resources

Approved Caterers

The approved caterers below offer a variety of menus and price ranges, as well as excellent food and exceptional service. SFMOMA requires the use of approved caterers for all events. No outside caterers may be used. Each caterer listed below is familiar with our venue, policies, and procedures, and will carry our required insurance, health permits, and liquor liability insurance.


Betty Zlatchin Catering

Carrie Dove Catering

Componere Fine Catering

Culinary Eye Catering & Events

Foxtail Catering

Global Gourmet Catering

McCalls Catering & Events

Melons Catering & Events

Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Taste Catering and Event Planning


Rental Events FAQ

How do we check availability or place a hold on a date?

Please contact the Rentals Team at (415) 915-1777 or fill out the online inquiry form (https://www.sfmoma.org/facility-rentals/send-inquiry/).


How long can I place a hold on a date?

We can place a tentative hold on a date for up to three weeks. During this time, another group can challenge your hold by paying a percentage of the rental fee. If another group challenges your hold, we will contact you via phone and email, and you will have 48 business hours to book the date. If you do not book the date, we will release your hold.


How do I challenge a hold?

In order to challenge a hold, a payment of 50% of the estimated rental fee must be submitted to the Rental Events Department. The payment acts as a deposit for a specific date. Once the payment has been received, the holding party will be contacted, and they will have 48 business hours to either book the space or release their hold.


What is the size of SFMOMA’s smallest rentable space?

The museum’s smallest rentable space is 3,000 square feet and is ideal for groups of 100-200. The museum does not have smaller meeting rooms available to rent.


Do you host events on Wednesday when the museum is closed?

Yes, the museum is available for all-day events with option to do load-in the day prior if available.


What fees are due upon booking a space?

We require a non-refundable 50% initial payment of the estimated rental fee along with the signed contract when a client commits to booking a space.


How do we view the spaces?

Site visits may be scheduled during museum business hours Mon-Fri 9am-4pm with the Rentals Team. Site visits are by appointment only and required at least 48 hours notice. Virtual Tours are also available.


What is included in the rental fee?

All rentals fees include security guards, engineers, janitorial services, and an on-site event manager. Depending on the space being rented, coat check may or may not be included.


What hours are available for an event?

Event hours are generally between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Access for set-up and strike may be scheduled outside of these hours through prior arrangement with the Rentals Team.


Is SFMOMA available for daytime events?

Daytime events are subject to availability. The White Box and Phyllis Wattis Theater may be rented for daytime events. Daytime events are generally between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.


What is the latest time an event can run?

Events must conclude at midnight. Special arrangements must be made 6 weeks in advance with the Rentals Team. For events ending after midnight and no later than 2 a.m. You will be billed an additional fee.


Is the venue rentable for just one party, or will there be other groups at the same time?

SFMOMA retains the right to book concurrent events in the museum if there are event spaces that have not been reserved. The museum will make every effort to avoid conflicts when there is more than one group on the premises at the same time.


Is SFMOMA available for events lasting more than one day?

The museum’s facilities are not available for events lasting more than one day.


Is gallery access included in the rental fee?

No, galleries may be rented for an additional fee. All rented galleries will close by 10 p.m.


Does SFMOMA offer discounts for nonprofit organizations?

The museum offers a 10% discount to 501(c)(3) organizations. This does not apply for the months of September, October and December.


Can SFMOMA be rented for fundraising, political, religious events, or events for guests under the age of 21?

Fundraising events may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Political, religious and events for guests under the age of 21 are not permitted.


What is the earliest time the caterer or other vendors can access SFMOMA for set-up?

Caterers have access to the loading dock and catering kitchen starting at 2:30 p.m. on the day of your event. Set-up of the event space may begin after 5:15 p.m., once the museum is closed and all galleries are cleared.


Are food and beverages allowed in the galleries?

No, only the viewing of artwork is permitted in the galleries. This also applies to Roberts Family Gallery.


Can I use my preferred caterer?

You are required to select a caterer from the museum’s approved caterer list. The list is available from the Rentals Team. Each caterer on our list is familiar with SFMOMA’s facility, policies, and procedures, and carries our required insurance and liquor liability insurance.


Does the museum provide AV and lighting equipment?

The museum does not provide AV and lighting equipment.


Can I use my preferred AV vendor?

Yes. However, the museum has a list of preferred AV vendors.


Does SFMOMA provide any event supplies?

No, the museum does not provide any event-related supplies.


Are there any restrictions that apply to décor, music and entertainment?

SFMOMA has a list of restrictions with regard to décor, plant and floral material, and music and entertainment. Please contact the Rentals Team to request a copy of the list.


Is parking available?

Minna Parking Garage on 147 Minna Street is the closest to the museum.


Is valet available?

Please contract our preferred vendor Soiree Valet.