Readers’ Choice 2019: Local Museum


SFMOMA–San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

(415) 357-4000  •

SFMOMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is continuing to enhance its recently remodeled space with outstanding works of art. The museum is committed to exploring the new, the challenging and the unexpected. Its more than 30,000 artworks, innovative film and performance programs continually advance the expression of modern art for the Bay Area.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

(415) 655-7800  •

Again making the list of J. reader favorites, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum has strived to reflect the spectrum of the Jewish experience, not only in art but in music, film, literature and science. Among the special events: ceramic pop-ups, Night at the Jewseum, drop-in studios for families and musical performances. An exciting new daily offering in the Blue Cube is “Let’s Havruta,” a participatory experience free to all, fostering communication and intellectual exchange.



Oakland Museum of California

(510) 318-8400  •

More than an art museum, more than a natural history museum, the Oakland Museum of California, with a collection of nearly 2 million objects, reflects California’s many cultures in art, history and natural sciences. The gardens are free and open to the public during museum hours, offering a tranquil place for picnicking, playing and relaxing.



Cantor Arts Center

(650) 723-4177   •

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, formerly the Stanford University Museum of Art, is located on the Stanford campus and commonly known as the Cantor Arts Center. The eclectic collection of the museum features wonderful traveling exhibitions in addition to an extraordinary complement of ongoing exhibitions, with the Rodin sculpture garden perhaps being one of the most noteworthy. This installation spans three galleries and features nearly 100 Rodin sculptures.



Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

(415) 506-0137  •

A vibrant arts center offering exceptional contemporary exhibits and education programs for art lovers of all ages. The exhibitions change every seven weeks in each of three galleries. Most exhibitions are free to the public. In addition to the art on display, more than 60 artists have working studios in four buildings that provide an atmosphere of creative energy in which contemporary art flourishes, and periodically host open studios for visitors.

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