Readers’ Choice 2020: Local Museum

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SFMOMA–San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

(415) 357-4000  •

Ever-popular on the pages of Readers’ Choice, SFMOMA is reopening and celebrating with two weeks of Free Community Days and free parking at the museum from Oct. 4-18. The museum remains committed to exploring the new, the challenging and the unexpected. Its more than 30,000 artworks, along with its innovative film and performance programs, continue to advance the expression of modern art in the Bay Area.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

(415) 655-7800  •

Once again, this wonderful museum makes it onto the list of J. reader favorites, as it continues to reflect the spectrum of the Jewish experience, not only in art but in music, film, literature and science. Among the past special events: ceramic pop-ups, Night at the Jewseum, drop-in studios for families and musical performances.



Oakland Museum of California

(510) 318-8400  •

As a future plan, the museum will be working with artists to re-mount ongoing exhibitions of murals and artworks in downtown Oakland created in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The museum is closed for temporary SIP compliance, and invites art lovers to connect digitally with OMCA at Home. 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  •

Located on the Stanford University campus with a café overlooking Rodin bronzes, the 125-year-old Cantor Arts Center is a free museum featuring regularly changing exhibitions. The permanent collection, some 40,000+works spanning 5,000 years includes works from Latin America, Asia and Africa as well as classical and contemporary works by noted American and European artists. Also a Readers’ Choice winner for Art Gallery.



Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

(415) 506-0137  •

The Museum of Contemporary Art is now open and features Marin’s Rock Art Scene through Nov. 8. The museum is 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.

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