Public Transit Takes a Trip to San Francisco Airport Museum

Right in your backyard is a free museum at SFO. Have you been?

Editor's Note: The following article was submitted to Patch by San Mateo County Transit District public affairs summer intern Rachel-Masami Wadama. To submit an article for publication, please e-mail laura.dudnick@patch.com.

The San Francisco International Airport is the largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also the second busiest airport in the state, but what about this airport makes itreally unique?

The answer is its art. An entire museum displaying a variety of ever-changing exhibitions lies within the airport.

Each exhibition is different and its subjects appeal to a widerange of interests from antiques to pop culture. Most of the art is by local, Bay Area artists and most exhibits are completely changed every few months.

There is a permanent Aviation Museum and library located in the International Terminalthat focuses on Pacific Airlines and airlines with history in San Francisco. The museum’s architecture models a 1930’s passenger lobby and archives thousands of books, photographs andother documents dating from 1927 to the present.

The themes of the other exhibits are selected by the curators and change every few months. These exhibitions can be found throughout the airport in Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3.

The SFO Art Museum is open to the public at no cost with the exception of post-security artwork which is only open to ticketed passengers. The museum also coordinates field trips for students and is working on branching out in order to hold more programs andevents.

For additional information, visit www.flysfo.com/web/page/sfo_museum.

The airport is easily accessible by public transit. This includes service by Caltrain, SamTrans and BART.

Caltrain riders can board BART at the Millbrae Transit Center. BART also provides direct service to the airport from the San Bruno station. SamTrans routes KX and 292 go directly into the airport and stops at bus courtyard ‘A’ in the International Terminal.

To get help with trip planning, call 1-800-600-4287. For information on specific transit schedules please visit the BART, SamTrans, and Caltrain websites.

More fun outing events that are accessible by SamTrans and Caltrain can also be found online in Caltrain’s Track the Fun brochure, and SamTrans’ Transit Fun Guide.

Spencer Hayato August 10, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Love the article! Very well written and great to see people looking as SFO as more then just a busy airport. Gives SFO character. Great informative article.


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