Groups are welcome at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco!
Both the de Young museum and Legion of Honor offer unique experiences for groups of all kinds. Visit a special exhibition, explore our extensive permanent collection, discover the architecture and gardens, and enjoy both casual and fine dining. It's a great place for groups to meet and learn about fine arts.
What is a Group?
A group is 10 or more people.
We encourage any group of 10 or more people to order tickets as a group, because we can offer you discounted admission rates and assistance planning your visit, including helping you arrange private tours and group dining options.
How Do I Book My Group Visit?
First, decide what you’d like to see. A list of discounted group admission rates for general admission to the Museum, as well as current and upcoming special exhibitions, is below:
de Young and Legion of Honor
|College with ID||$6|
|Children & Youth (0–17)||Free|
|Cult of the Machine|
(de Young; includes general admission)
March 24–August 12, 2018
|College with ID||$15|
|Children (5 and under)||Free|
Next, download the appropriate group admission order form from the list below, print it and fill it out completely, including payment information, and either fax it back to us at 415.750.2679, or scan and email it back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. General Admission order form with payment information must be received at least 5 business days in advance of visit. Final payment for special exhibition bookings is due 2 weeks before date of visit. If paying by check, you can mail it to us:
FAMSF Group Sales
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
If you are paying by credit card, you may also phone in your order by calling us at 415.750.3620.
How can I arrange a private docent tour for my group?
We can arrange private tours led by FAMSF docents for any visiting group, provided at least one month’s advance notice. Order form and payment information must be received at least one month prior to your visit. Private tours are only offered at a few different times of day and are subject to availability. Tours can be arranged in numerous languages. Please contact Group Sales for availability for a tour in your requested language. Due to overcrowding, docent tours are not available the first and last weekends of any special exhibition.
Groups booking a private tour will pay a docent fee in addition to the cost of tickets. The fee is per docent, with one docent able to tour a group of up to 20 people. Large groups of up to 40 people will require two docents. There is a minimum purchase requirement of 10 non-member tickets for all public hours tours, 20 non-member tickets for all tours before public hours.
Tour times and docent fees are detailed below:
|Permanent Collection (General Admission)||Special Exhibition|
|Available tour times||Available throughout the day during public hours||9 am, 10 am, 3:30 pm|
|Docent fee||$100 for first docent; $75 each additional||$150 per docent|
If you’d like to book a private docent tour for your group, please contact us directly by calling 415.750.3620 or emailing email@example.com.
Bring the museums to you! The Art Talks program is a group of Fine Arts Museums’ docents who deliver entertaining, educational multimedia art presentations to audiences throughout the Bay Area. They offer talks on all major special exhibitions, presented at your location. Clients include non-profits, libraries, clubs, businesses, senior residences and educational institutions. This is a great option for a lunchtime lecture, team building activity, or class presentation.
College Students and Instructors, and K–12 Teachers:
We have separate programs designed just for you! If you are planning your visit 4-8 weeks in advance, we may be able to offer your education group complimentary passes for general admission and select special exhibitions. Reservations must be made with advanced notice: 4 weeks for independent viewing and 8 weeks for guided programs.
FAMSF defines an Education Group as 10 or more youth tickets. All Education Groups must be booked through Education. Due to overcrowding, Education Groups are not booked during the first and last two weeks of any special exhibition.
What If Some Members of My Group Have a Membership with the Fine Arts Museums?
If some members of your group have Memberships with FAMSF, we are more than happy to provide the complimentary or discounted tickets they are entitled to along with the rest of your order—simply attach to your order form a list of the names and membership numbers of the members for whom you’ll be claiming tickets.
Please note that complimentary member tickets do not count towards the minimum purchase requirement to book a private docent tour.
I’m Interested in Renting Audio Tours for My Group. How Do I Arrange This?
Audio tours are available for the permanent collections of both museums, as well as for many special exhibitions. At the de Young, audio tours of the permanent collections are offered in English and Spanish and audio tours of the special exhibitions are offered in English only. If you’d like to purchase audio tours for your group, just mark the appropriate field on the group order form and include the rentals in your total—the price is indicated on form. Guests may also pick up audio tours at any audio tour station in either museum, however they will not receive the group rate—this special rate is only available in advance.
My Group Is Interested in Dining at the Museum Café. How Do I Arrange This?
Our museum cafes offer a variety of dining options for groups visiting the Museums. Please click on the bagged lunch menu at the bottom of the page for available options and contact CLocsin@mccallssf.com to place an order. Your group is also welcome to visit the Museum café where hot lunch and grab and go options are available. Currently the de Young Museum café cannot take group reservations.
I’m Planning a Special Event and I’m Interested in Renting a Space at the Fine Arts Museums to Host it. How Do I Arrange This?
For special events and facilities rental inquiries, please contact our Special Events Coordinator at 415.750.3683.