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Adult Tours

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.

Private VIP Docent Tours

Experience an unforgettable and immersive view of our permanent collection and special exhibitions with a private VIP docent tour. Guests skip the lines and are lead by their own expert docent for a customized tour, offering an insider’s view of the museum and unique opportunities to enjoy the art on view.

Private VIP docent tours are offered to individuals and groups of up to 10 people, and are usually an hour long. Tours must be arranged at least four weeks in advance and are $250 per tour. To book, call Group Sales at (415) 750-3620 or email groupsales@famsf.org.

Audio Tours

Permanent Collection

Audio tours of the de Young's permanent collection are available from Antenna Audio. The audio tour is designed in collaboration with the museum's curators to enhance your visit to the de Young, and it is written for both adults and children. A Spanish-language version is also available. Prices are $8 general, $7 members. The tour is free to visually impaired visitors, and a large-print script of the tour is available free of charge to hearing impaired visitors. Visitors may purchase tours at the kiosk near the admissions desk located in the main lobby or online.

Special Exhibitions

Audio tours are also available for most major special exhibitions at the de Young. Special exhibition audio tours are $8 general, $7 members.

Docent Tours

Regularly scheduled docent tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays. Tours are free after museum admission, with no reservations required. You are welcome to join the tours in progress. See the de Young events calendar for times and details.

de Young Calendar

Please note, we do not allow tours conducted by persons other than Museum staff or docents.

The de Young App by Guidekick

The de Young mobile app is the key companion for your visit to the museum. The app features an innovative map of the building that pinpoints your location and highlights selected artworks as well as museum amenities. Exclusive content allows you to hear the de Young’s curators tell the stories behind some of the museum’s most fascinating works of art.

The de Young app is free and available for download on the Apple App Store.