About Us


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. We believe the art of our time is vital and shares it with passion and purpose, and that art and the creative process can open minds and help build a better world. For that reason, we assemble unparalleled collections, create exhilarating exhibitions, and develop engaging public programs that connect with our community. Our collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts is exhibited in an LEED Gold-certified building – designed by architects Snøhetta and Mario Botta – located in downtown San Francisco.

Our learning excursion for AAM 2020 features SFMOMA’s Collections Center. The Collections Center is our off-site facility for collections care, study, and access. Located in South San Francisco, the Collections Center is home to the museum’s archives and houses much of the museum’s art collection when not on public view. Opened in 2013, the Center has made it possible for the museum to make its archives and art collections available without fees for access to staff, researchers, scholars, students, and artists, while maintaining the highest standards of collections care, storage, and security. The facility features a full-scale mock-up gallery, a conservation laboratory, photo studio, wood shop, and flexible work and discussion spaces. It is designed for interdisciplinary study and research of the collection, collaborating with artists, staging complex art installations, planning and problem solving for exhibitions, and providing access to archives and artworks to individuals, groups, and classes. The Collections Center’s facility and operations underpin the museum as an activator for learning, inspiration, and engagement.


For an introduction to the Collections Center, please see:


Examples of how the Collections Center is used in planning exhibitions:



Background on how the Collections Center is used for interdisciplinary study and research:


For an overview of our archive collection, please see our finding aids: 


Contact Us

For Collections Center inquiries:
Layna White



We look forward to activating a future learning excursion with you -- in person or virtually -- where our cross-departmental teams can show spaces at the Collections Center, describe approaches to utilizing those spaces, and discuss with you how we are bridging work between our facilities.