Legion

Learning to Look

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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.

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Get Smart with Art

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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.

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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 is made possible with support from the Elios Charitable Foundation and the Winifred Johnson Clive 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.

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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.

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Multimedia

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.

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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.

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Art After School

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

Questions? Email families@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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K–12 Students

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

For a complete list of contact information, please click here.

The Fine Arts Museums' School Programs enable students to make connections and develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. The programs described below offer a vast array of experiences ranging from independent viewing to facilitated visits with docents, museum artists, poets and the Museum Ambassadors. All guided programs provide opportunities for students to work directly with ideas, interpretation and communication in the gallery and/or artist studio.

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Families with Children

Additional Information

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

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

Make your family's next visit to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco one to remember! Whether you are interested in seeing art or making it, your family will take away more than just memories from the Museums.

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Conservation

The conservation and care of works of art is fundamental to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s mission to provide its community and region with high quality exhibitions, programs, education and outreach. The FAMSF conservation department was founded in 1972 to support the preservation, study, and treatment of objects, paintings, paper, and textiles. The conservation department continues to be devoted to the needs of the wide-ranging collections, educational programs, and exhibitions.

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