The art scene in Northern California has greatly improved in recent years.  Starting in 1993, the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park undertook a renovation and expansion project that resulted in new exhibition galleries and a new cafe and bookstore. MOMA moved into a new Mario Botta-designed building in 1995, and since then has expanded their collection considerably. Recently they added a rooftop sculpture court. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was forced to rebuild in order to maintain seismic safety. The new de Young  building designed by Herzog & De Meuron opened in 2005 and has been a great success. The Asian Art Museum which used to be next to the old de Young in Golden Gate Park, moved downtown into the former Central Library building which had been transformed into an up-to-date museum facility.  In 2008, the Contemporary Jewish Museum moved into a new building designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. Following a two-year $58 million renovation, the Oakland Museum of California reopened on May 1, 2010 with an additional 5,000 square feet of gallery space. Meanwhile in Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum reopens on October 10, 2010 after undergoing an expansion project that triples the size of their facility.

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