This free service puts all artworks at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art right in your phone


If you are an art fan or just looking to waste some time on your mobile, doing something that is a lot more sophisticated than, say, chasing Pokémons around, then the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has something you will truly love.

Apparently, the museum kicked off a service last year that allows you to get on-demand photos of pieces of art from the collection the museum holds. SFMOMA houses more than 35,000 artworks, mostly sculptures, paintings and photographs, all of which could be accessed by sending a text to 572-51.

Your text message should start with ‘Send me’, followed by a specific keyword, but it will also respond to a color, an emoji or a mood. The service pulls data from an API that holds info about all pieces at the museum, and then replies by sending back a pic of an artwork that matches your search. It will also give details about the title of the piece, as well as the year it was made and its artist’s name.

The service is free of charge and is truly a fantastic way to get some cultural insights – it’s a whole museum right in your phone. Let’s be honest, museum tours have never been as fun as they initially seem and you can’t eat Doritos near expensive paintings, apparently. Or anywhere in a museum! So that’s a no-go for many of us. But you can now literally check out all art SFMOMA has on offer and have your snack, just a text away, without having to ever leave the couch.

via TechCrunch

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