Museum Ambassadors

Schedule a Site Visit and Tour

Reservations must be made by mail, email or fax 415.750.3540.

Apply to be a Museum Ambassador

Summer applications and the job description will be available at the links below:

Questions? Email museumambassadors@famsf.org or call 415.750.3521.

This award-winning program trains high school students to give presentations and lead museum tours for elementary school classes and community groups. These teen educators provide a unique and interactive approach to learning about art.


The Museum Ambassador Program is made possible with support from Bank of America, the de Youngsters, the Elios Charitable Foundation, the Gap Foundation, the Miranda Lux Foundation, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Sato Foundation, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Bank of America     

Self-Guided Tours

Educators are welcome to lead their classes on self-guided tours of the Museums' permanent collection galleries and some special exhibitions.


Galleries in Focus

Docents work with small groups in the galleries to encourage student dialogue about the art, artists and cultures represented in the permanent collections.


Learning to Look

Schedule a Visit


Download a PDF form here.


The Learning to Look curriculum is included in your school program reservation and will be sent with your confirmation.

Want to check it out before making a reservation? Order your free curriculum by downloading and printing our PDF order form.

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

The Museums' teaching artists welcome your class to create and explore in the art studio and the museum galleries.


Get Smart with Art

Schedule a visit

The Get Smart with Art curriculum is included in your school program reservation and will be sent with your reservation confirmation.

Or order your Get Smart with Art curriculum by downloading and printing our PDF order form.

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

Get Smart with Art is a three part program for grades 4–12 that supports the California state content standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts.


Get Smart with Art is made possible with support from the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Daphne and Stuart Wells, and an anonymous donor. 

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

Past and Present: Building Museum Literacy at the Legion of Honor for the Sixth Grade is made possible with support from Douglas A. Tilden and the Elios Charitable Foundation.

Know Before You Go

Museum Rules

  • One adult is required for every ten K–12 students.
  • No touching or leaning on objects, platforms or cases.
  • No food, drinks or chewing gum.
  • Lunches and backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Please leave them in the bus or car. The Museums are not responsible for lost articles.
  • Photography of the permanent collection is permitted without flash; no tripods or video cameras. Photography of special exhibitions is not allowed.
  • Please do not assign notes to be taken during the tour. During the unguided portion of the tour, for conservation reasons, please use pencils only to take notes.
  • Sketching with small pads (9 x 11 in. or smaller) is permitted in permanent collection galleries only. Special permission must be obtained if using easels and/or large pads. Sketching is not allowed in special exhibitions owing to contractual agreements and insurance restrictions.

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

Learn more about making reservations and logistics for your school's visit to the de Young.


Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Art Conservation

Henry Alexander (American, 1860–1894). Scene from "The Mikado," with Louise Paullin (detail), 1886. Oil on panel. Anonymous gift. 1980.50.3

Sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, this video case study examines the role of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) in art conservation. Through interviews with conservators at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) demonstrates the potential of this new imaging technique for conservation research, treatment, documentation and outreach.



The collections at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have rich and multivalent stories to tell. This Multimedia page provides access to the wide variety of media, symposia, new technologies and interactives that augment the Museums' permanent collections. Please click on the links below to explore further.


Fine Arts Museums Docent Programs

Docents of the Fine Arts Museums provide tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions at the de Young and Legion of Honor. Their service follows extensive training, through seminars and continuing education lectures. With additional training they also provide private group, school group, and access tours, and participate in our Community Speakers Program, which offers lectures for the community on museum-related topics.


Art After School

Additional Information

For more information, including scheduling, rate and additional contact information, please download the Programs For Children and Families Brochure.

Questions? Email elewmorris@famsf.org or call 415.750.3658.

Become the smartest kid in your class! Join us for the de Young's series of after-school art classes for children in 1st through 8th grades. Art After School offers an in-depth exploration of world cultures through the museum's extensive collections of art from Africa, Oceania, Mesoamerica and North America.

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