The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a relatively new establishment, but is well known for it’s high security, professionalism, and wide body of displayed works. Furthermore, many antique art pieces are rotated into it, given it’s reputation for world-class restoration and preparation.


SF MOMA consists of six floors. Three upper gallery floors open onto the ground floor and main entrance of the museum. Below the museum proper is a series of offices, clean rooms, and a shipping receiving area that opens onto a back street.


SF MOMA is equipped with the finest in anti-theft technology, as well as boasting a dedicated staff of about fifty paramilitary trained security guards, twenty of which work the graveyard shift. The guards have no fixed patrols, though some rent-a-cop security does do regular intervalled-checks in the upper floors of the gallery. Also, their are indications that extra, more potent security has been retained recently; possibly in regards to high-profile art pieces.

All main-floor art is housed within glass casing and thick – laser mesh motion detectors. The main floors of the gallery are equipped with randomized pressure-sensitive plates, sound detection, hidden security cameras, and random laser-trip wires.

The security is centralized below the museum where security staff can monitor the above-floors. Below ground, however, most of the security is relatively low-key. Aside from a few schematic-listed laser trips and fixed-interval security cameras, only door locks and security swipe-keys secure the pre-restoration materials.

The Shipping / Receiving dock is secured by four trained guards and a fixed-interval camera.


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