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Cultural Cure For Rainy Days: SoMa Museums

January 23, 2017

With a rainy winter over our heads, it might be time to quash that apartment fever with some cultural stimulation. Lucky for you, SoMa is flush with art, history, and exhibitions galore. Here are three museums within blocks of Trinity Place, perfect for a quick dash, bike, or public commute between raindrops.


Asian Art Museum (.4 Miles from Trinity Place)

Asian Art Museum

Photo: Asian Art Museum

Using Asia as the lens, this museum combines exhibitions of centuries-old works with contemporary cultural explorations, including tours, special events, educational experiences, performances and a whole lot more. Stay tuned to the museum website and social media to keep in the know. Looking for a unique date night experience? Be on the lookout for $5 Thursday Nights, which allow admission to the entire museum for just $5 after 5:00pm. Thursday Nights at the Asian often combine music, drinks, dancing and fun. Up next in special exhibits, an Asian Art Museum exclusive, Tomb Treasures New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty:

“On view for the first time in the U.S., 100 rare selections from recent excavations — including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more — share the extravagance, artistry and elegance of Han royal clans.”


SF MOMA (1.3 miles from Trinity Place):

SF MOMA by Henrik Kam

Photo: SF MOMA by Henrik Kam

After an expansive remodel and expansion, the SF Museum of Modern Art re-opened its doors in SoMa to critical acclaim in May of 2016. In addition to ten floors of world-renowned exhibitions, the SFMOMA now includes nearly 45,000 square feet of art-filled free public spaces. Check out the museum website and social media to stay up to date on an extensive list of exhibitions and special events. Are your younger siblings or cousins visiting your new apartment in San Francisco?  Well the museum offers free admission for all visitors 18 and younger. Insider tip: Download the SFMOMA app on your smartphone for a fully immersed experience. About the app:

“See (and hear) art in a whole new way with the SFMOMA app, which combines mind-blowing audio content with cutting-edge indoor positioning technology.

Developed with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with local start-up Detour, the app features a new breed of guided narratives that take you through the galleries and out onto the streets of San Francisco.”


Tenderloin Museum ( .5 miles from Trinity Place)

Tenderloin Museum

Photo: Fernando Pujals

Get ready for a uniquely thrilling experience as you explore San Francisco’s least understood neighborhood with a museum all to itself:

“The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin District are the last _bastion of a San Francisco that once was, peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum today and discover the city they don’t show you in postcards.”

The museum offers everything from permanent collections, special exhibits, and neighborhood walking tours, day and night, led by residents and artists of the neighborhood. In addition, the museum has developed a strong reputation for evening programs, which have included rare films, guest speakers, literary readings and more.


Looking for a San Francisco apartment in SoMa? Trinity Place is a brand new building just steps from tech bus stops and The Orpheum theater on 8th and Market Street.

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