SFMOMA : Perfect Day Date
As the days get shorter, and temps start to drop, it can be challenging to find date spots that aren't just dinner and drinks. The SFMOMA, with it's modern design, light-filled exhibit halls and awesome permanent collection is the perfect place to spend a chilly afternoon.
Reopened after a three-year renovation in 2016, the SFMOMA is full of inspiration and easy conversation starters. The building is beautiful and features one of the largest living walls in the country. Spread over seven floors, the permanent collection features works from 1900 to present, and the visiting exhibits are always unique. Currently on show are collections from Walker Evans (a famous photographer known for his Depression-era shots of southern share croppers and early street-style photography), a musical sculpture called Soundtracks by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot (it's up on the seventh floor) and a collection of political posters from the 1960s.
There's a Sightgalss Coffee inside the museum, along with a cute cafe adjacent to the sculpture garden, and there are plenty of places to sit and talk. If you're planning on wander around and taking everything in, I highly recommend taking the elevators up to the seventh floor and working your way down via the staircases. This way you get to experience the interior architecture of the building, check out as many of the pieces as you want, but end up near the door when it's time to leave.
Even though I've lived in SF for nearly 10 years, I've only been to the SFMOMA a handful of times. It's easy to overlook the museum as another touristy, crowded, overpriced spot that's not really for locals, but that's not fair. The museum is beautiful and makes you think. The art is the perfect conversation starter, even if modern art isn't your thing. The SFMOMA would be even better on a rainy afternoon mid-winter, when you've seen all the movies that are out already.
There's color, inspiration and sweeping views of The City. There's plenty of good people watching, and art watching, and quiet corners to explore. The SFMOMA is a perfect spot for a day date.
Tickets : $25 for adults, kids and teens are free!