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Enhance your visit to the Museum with a tour of our permanent collection or special exhibition galleries. There are three tour options available for your enjoyment. Choose from a self-guided audio tour; one of our daily, public docent tours; or book a private, docent-led tour for your group of 10 or more.

Please note, we do not allow tours conducted by persons other than Museum staff or docents without prior written approval.


Museum Policies

The following policies apply to the museum’s indoor and outdoor areas:

Standard-size backpacks are allowed. All bags, purses, and backpacks larger than 8" h x 8" w x 5" d must be carried by hand. To ensure the safety of the collection, the museum does not permit visitors to carry bags on their backs in the galleries. Bags larger than an average carry-on (approximately 41”) are not allowed in the museum and cannot be checked at the museum’s coat-check facilities. Small carry-ons may be stored at coat-check based on availability.


de Young Café

de Young Café Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–4:30 pm
Lunch menu 11 am–3:30 pm

Reservations not accepted.

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Take a break from viewing the exhibitions with a meal or snack at the Museum Cafés, which feature a variety of dining options created by McCalls Catering & Events, San Francisco’s leading purveyor of exceptional catering and museum dining.


Public Transportation

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Phone: 311

Golden Gate Park Shuttle

Additional public transportation information may be found at

Muni to Golden Gate Park

Muni riders save $2 on adult museum admission. Simply present your valid Muni FastPass or transfer to the cashier when purchasing your admission ticket.

44-O'Shaughnessy Bus

Stops near the front of the museum on Tea Garden Drive (southbound) and on Concourse Drive near the Academy of Sciences (northbound).

5 or 5L-Fulton Bus

Stops at 8th Avenue and Fulton Street, just outside of the park. From 8th, walk into the park and turn right on John F. Kennedy Drive to reach the museum's tower entrance.


Kiki Smith: Near, 2005


Kiki Smith’s large-scale sculpture Near, a gift of Dorothy and George Saxe and the Friends of New Art, reinterprets David, Joanna, and Abigail Mason (1670), attributed to the Freake-Gibbs Painter, a holding of the de Young’s American Paintings Collection. Elements of the piece also evoke the unconventional layout and dramatic copper skin of the de Young building itself.

Andy Goldsworthy: Drawn Stone, 2005


In 2003, the Fine Arts Museums asked Andy Goldsworthy to develop a proposal for a site-specific work that could be incorporated into the new de Young Museum. Like the intersecting diagonals of Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the museum building, Goldsworthy’s work is inspired by the unique character of California’s tectonic topography. Working with the Appleton Greenmoore stone imported from Yorkshire, England, that will surround the new de Young building, Goldsworthy is creating a continuous crack running north from the edge of the Music Concourse roadway in front of the museum, up the main walkway, into the exterior courtyard, and up to the main entrance door.


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