Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa attractions

Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a mind-boggling feat, nearly tripling in size to accommodate a sprawling collection of modern and contemporary masterworks over seven floors of galleries – but then…
Top Choice Landmark in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Ferry Building

Hedonism is alive and well at this transit hub turned gourmet emporium, where foodies happily miss their ferries over Sonoma oysters and bubbly, SF craft beer and Marin-raised beef burgers, and locally roasted coffe…
Public Art in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Diego Rivera's Allegory of California Fresco

Hidden inside San Francisco's Stock Exchange tower is a priceless treasure: Diego Rivera's 1930–31 Allegory of California fresco. Spanning a two-story stairwell between the 10th and 11th floors, the fresco shows Cal…
Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Contemporary Jewish Museum

That upended blue-steel box miraculously balancing on one corner atop the Contemporary Jewish Museum is appropriate for an institution that upends conventional ideas about art and religion. Architect Daniel Libeskin…
Notable Building in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Transamerica Pyramid & Redwood Park

The defining feature of San Francisco's skyline is this 1972 pyramid, built atop a whaling ship abandoned in the gold rush. A half-acre redwood grove sprouted out front, on the site of Mark Twain's favorite saloon a…
Park in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Tenderloin National Forest

Urban blight is interrupted by bucolic splendor on one of the Tenderloin's grittiest blocks. Once littered with hypodermic needles and garbage, dead-end Cohen Alley has been transformed by a nonprofit artists' colle…
Gallery in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Luggage Store Gallery

Like a dandelion pushing through sidewalk cracks, this plucky nonprofit gallery has brought signs of life to one of the Tenderloin's toughest blocks for two decades. By giving SF street artists a gallery platform, t…
Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Museum of the African Diaspora

MoAD assembles an international cast of characters to tell the epic story of diaspora, including a moving video of slave narratives told by Maya Angelou. Standouts among quarterly changing exhibits have included hom…
Church in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

When the rainbow-robed Glide gospel choir enters singing their hearts out, the 2000-plus congregation erupts in cheers, hugs and dance moves. Raucous Sunday Glide celebrations capture San Francisco at its most welco…
Gallery in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

SF Camerawork

Since 1974, this nonprofit art organization has championed experimental photo-based imagery beyond classic B&W prints and casual digital snapshots. Since moving into a spacious Market St gallery, Camerawork's fa…