Getting Around

Please note Ethnographic Terminalia exhibits are located outside of Union Square and will provide a good opportunity to get out and see some other parts of San Francisco during your visit.  See below for recommendations on getting to the venues from the Union Square area.

Finding your way to the Ethnographic Terminalia Exhibits:

For detailed public transit and bicycle directions from other parts of San Francisco please visit 511 or Google Maps.


Finding SOMArts: 

SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan St. between 8th and 9th streets and is best accessed by bus or taxi if coming from the Union Square area.

MUNI- From 4th and Market take the 9 bus towards Visitacion Valley.  Get off at Portrero and Alameda.  Walk two blocks to the gallery.  Allow 20-30 minutes, just in case, you never know.

~OR~  Walk to Market and 5th and take the 27 bus towards the Mission District.  Get off at Harrison and 8th and walk two blocks to the gallery.

TAXI- From Union Square the trip will take about 10 minutes depending on traffic and will be about $15 dollars with tip.

Street parking can often be found after 6pm. Flat rate lot parking is accessible at Brannan & 8th St.Note: There are two entrances into SOMArts.  The Main Entrance is located down the long driveway on the right side of the building. The Brannan Street Entrance faces Brannan Street.

Before or After:

SOMArts is located in an urban area near the freeway.  It is mostly an area for clubs and there are some good restaurants.  You may want to set a destination for your before or after.  In the SOMA area we enjoy:


  • Bar Agricole: Local wine and food with patio garden.  Cocktails with house grown herbs!
  • Nihon Whiskey Lounge: Expansive whiskey selection and Japanese tapas.
  • Poc Chuc: If the night is cold and you want to head to the Mission, go here.  Family owned and operated, Mexican and Mayan food.
  • Basil Canteen @ 11th St: Fantastic Thai in old brewery building.


Finding Alley Cat:

Alley Cat Books is located on 24th street between Treat and Harrison in the Mission.  It is best accessed by BART from the Union Square area.

BART- Take any South (Daly City or Airport) bound train to 24th Street.  Walk East and find Alley Cat just after Treat St. on the North side of the street.

 Before or After:  

As you will see there are many lovely things to chance upon on this beautiful street known as El Corazon de la Misione (The Heart of Mission).  Wander.  Find something new.  Start with this article for ideas.  Or, we enjoy: