The SFMOMA Expansion consists of a new building addition that will include seven levels of gallery space topped by three floors of offices that will stretch from Howard Street to Minna Street. This major expansion will create over 200,000 square feet of new space to support the continuing development of the museum’s collections, programs and audiences, and to showcase its expanded permanent collection, including the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.
SFMOMA’s current building is 225,000 square feet with nearly 65,000 square feet of galleries. The new expansion anticipates over 100,000 square feet of additional gallery and public space, and approximately 85,000 square feet of support space, including larger and more advanced conservation facilities and an expanded library. The expansion will allow the museum to relocate and consolidate its administrative staff in the new facilities, providing new gallery and public space in its original building.
While the museum’s main entrance will remain on Third Street, visitors will also be able enter from a new pedestrian promenade connecting to Howard Street. This path will lead past a glass-walled gallery along the sidewalk and then upstairs to a terraced, public plaza. The connection to Howard Street will be achieved by demolishing two buildings, including a fire station that SFMOMA will relocate nearby on Folsom Street.
Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. Its internationally recognized collection includes more than 26,000 works with strong holdings in photography, painting and sculpture, architecture and design, and media arts.