Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The expanded SFMOMA is a mind-boggling feat, tripled in size to accommodate a sprawling collection of modern masterworks and 19 concurrent exhibitions over 10 floors – but, then again, SFMOMA has defied limits ever …
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Contemporary Jewish Museum

That upended blue-steel box miraculously balancing on one corner isn't sculpture but the Yerba Buena Lane entry to the Contemporary Jewish Museum – an institution that upends conventional ideas about art and religio…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice 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 this spacious new Market St gallery, Camerawo…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Asian Art Museum

Imaginations race from ancient Persian miniatures to cutting-edge Japanese minimalism across three floors spanning 6000 years of Asian art. Besides the largest collection outside Asia – 18,000 works – the museum off…
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, or locally roasted coffee…
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…
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…
Museum in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

California Historical Society

Enter a Golden State of enlightenment at this Californiana treasure trove, featuring themed exhibitions drawn from the museum's million-plus California photographs, paintings and ephemera. Recent exhibits have unear…