San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Closing For Expansion

Posted: Jun. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens it doors to the public for free for a few more days before it will be closed down until 2016 while it undergoes a massive expansion. A new 10 story addition is being constructed, sporting a glass-walled gallery facing the street to display art to all in view. It has also been proposed that the reopened museum will allow free admission to those 18 years old or younger to promote youth appreciation of the arts.

As the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art prepares to close for nearly three years for a 225,000-square-foot expansion project, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning to celebrate the start of construction.

The ceremony, attended by Mayor Ed Lee and other city and museum officials, comes just before SFMOMA plans to close its doors at the end of the day on Sunday to make way for the expansion, which will include a new 10-story addition along the back of the current building at 151 Third St.

The new building will feature a glass-walled gallery facing Howard Street that will allow passersby to see some of the museum’s artwork when it reopens in early 2016.

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