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‪Museum Fakes, Forgeries, and the Quest for Authenticity: A Mini-Symposium‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

February 9, 2012 -

As an arts institution, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco endeavor to offer visitors experiences with authentic works of art. We take this responsibility very seriously. After all, collectors can easily buy reproductions, and the public is familiar with works created for tourists around the globe. The very existence of art museums supports the argument that an authentic work reveals something to the viewer that a reproduction simply cannot. Fakes and forgeries thus threaten a museum’s educational and inspirational mission.

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March Artist-in-Residence: Joy Broom

February 29, 2012April 1, 2012

Waxed and Winged: Museum of Natural Curiosities

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30,
6:00–8:45 p.m.

Artist Program 


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters Initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums.

Cultural Encounters Friday Nights at the de Young is generously funded by The Hearst Foundation and The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.


San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Opening Preview Gala

Chiwara kun (farming wild animal) headdress (detail), early 20th century. Mali, Bamana. Wood, metal, and plastic. FAMSF, gift of Richard H. Scheller, 2014.62.1. Photo © Robert A. Kato
February 5, 2015 -

Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion, San Francisco

The Opening Preview Gala for the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show benefits the de Young’s collections of textiles and arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. This event provides early access to the show and an advance look at the exceptional works of art from around the world presented by the best national and international dealers. Attendees will enjoy fine cuisine by McCalls Catering & Events, live music by Pacific Chamber Jazz, and complimentary valet parking.

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Member for a Day

de Young Museum
January 19, 2013 -

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and other Bay Area cultural institutions are teaming up to host Member for a Day on Saturday, January 19, 2013. 

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Curriculum Supported Visits

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Download a PDF form here for a 6th Grade Curriculum Supported Visit at the Legion of Honor.


Questions? Email schooltours@famsf.org or call 415.750.7696.

Curriculum supported visits engage students in close-looking, art-making and writing exercises based on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

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