San Francisco is a world-class city in so many ways, including our over-abundance of amazing cultural institutions. We have not one, but TWO amazing science museums — the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium. And we have a rich variety of art museums, including the DeYoung, the Legion of Honor, the Asian Art Museum, and many more!
One of our top museum destinations is SFMOMA, aka the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which has been closed for three years for a gallery expansion. Apparently they have been busy in all that time. Because when they re-open on May 14, 2016, SF MOMA will be the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the United States, and the largest museum of any kind in North America, as measure by gallery space. They are adding a whooping 4,000 new art pieces to their public galleries, housed within 145,000 square feet of space, 20,000 more than MOMA in New York.
Looks like they are also planning creating a sustainable building, shooting for LEED Gold certification on their new building, with a 15 % reduction in energy consumption, 30 % decrease in water use, and 20 % less wastewater generation.
Yet another reason why San Francisco kicks butt.