Frequently Asked Questions—Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

General

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is open

  • Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm (last ticket: 4 pm)
  • Wednesday: June 15–August 31, 9:30 am–8:45 pm (last ticket: 7:30 pm)
  • Friday: 9:30 am–8:45 pm (last ticket: 7:30 pm)
  • Open Independence Day (7/4) and Labor Day (9/5): 9:30 am–5:15 pm (last ticket: 4 pm)

The exhibition is closed Mondays.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 11, 2011 and closes Sunday, October 9, 2011.

The exhibition is located in the Herbst Exhibition Galleries on the de Young’s lower level.

Member Information

There are three convenient ways to join:

  • Click here to join online now
  • Call the toll-free membership line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.800.777.9996
  • Join in person at the de Young or the Legion of Honor membership desks

Ticketing

Timed and dated tickets are now on sale on the museum’s website.

Ticket prices are:

MemberFree
Adult$25
Senior 65+$22
College Student with ID$21
Youth 6–17$15
Child 5 and underFree
Group (10 or more, Tuesday–Friday)$20

Yes, same-day general admission to both the de Young and the Legion of Honor is included with any Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris ticket. Please note that regular museum hours are in effect outside of the exhibition; for special events such as España at Twilight, the permanent collection galleries are closed. Members have complimentary admission to both museums at all times. For a list of other special exhibitions on view at the de Young at the time of your visit, click here. For a list of current and upcoming exhibitions at the Legion of Honor, click here.

Note: Picasso Ticketholders may see the exhibition Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young on the same day, on view through July 4.

Due to the exhibition’s popularity, all tickets will be timed and dated.

The museum strongly encourages visitors to purchase tickets in advance, as capacity is limited and times and dates will sell out. Individual tickets to the exhibition may be available on site at the de Young on the day of your visit, however the Museum can neither predict nor guarantee availability. 

Timed tickets are necessary to ensure that the exhibition does not become overly crowded. The timed entry tickets specify a 30-minute window for entering the exhibition. Once you have entered, you may take as long as you like to enjoy the exhibition within normal business hours.

Please plan carefully—general public tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. There will be no exceptions.

Member tickets are not refundable or transferable. However, member tickets may be exchanged up to a week prior to the original ticket date for a $2 fee per ticket by calling 800.777.9996.

Groups of 10 or more adults have access to priority booking and can reserve now. Contact the group sales office at: groupsales@famsf.org or by calling 415.750.3620.

There are free education programs for K–12 students and educators to visit this exhibition with limited availability. Please see the Education page for more information and to sign up online.

General public: No, the special exhibition surcharge fee of $15 for Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris still applies on the first Tuesday of the month, and a timed ticket is required. General admission, which includes entry to the museum's permanent collection, is free.

Members: A free or discounted timed entry ticket to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris is required.

The Exhibition

An exhibition of “Picasso’s Picassos”: 150 important paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings created by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) are drawn from the permanent collection of the Musée National Picasso, Paris, the largest and most significant repository of the artist’s work in the world, and comes to the de Young as part of an international tour.

The Musée National Picasso, which opened in 1985 in the 17th-century Hôtel Salé in the Marais District of Paris, serves as the repository for nearly 3,600 works from the artist’s personal collection that passed to the French government following his death in 1973.

The artworks are touring because the museum is currently closed and undergoing a multiyear renovation expected to last through 2012. Ranging from informal sketchbooks to finished iconic masterpieces, this unique collection of “Picasso’s Picassos” provides significant proof of the artist’s assertion, “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world.”

The exhibition, co-organized by the Musée National Picasso and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, is part of a world tour that began in 2008 with stops at museums in Madrid, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seattle, Richmond (Virginia), San Francisco, and Sydney.

Visiting the Exhibition

The de Young is available for corporate and private events during the run of Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Contact Facility Rentals at 415.750.3683 for additional information.

The estimated average length of a visit to the exhibition is 90 minutes.
Visitors to the exhibition should arrive 30 minutes before their ticket time to join the appropriate line in order to enter the exhibition on time. It takes approximately thirty minutes to admit all ticket holders for one timeslot when we are at full capacity.
No, tickets are allow entry per person, and re-entry is not permitted.
The audio tour of the exhibition is available for $7 ($6 for museum members).

Yes, a lavishly illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musée National Picasso, Paris, co-published with Flammarion/Skira, is available through the Museum Stores. $65 hardcover, $37.50 softcover. Members receive a discount on the catalogue and all purchases in the de Young Museum Stores.

Private docent tours are available in the mornings, before the exhibition opens to the public. For rates and availability, please contact the group sales office at 415.750.3620 or e-mail groupsales@famsf.org.

Public tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A limited number of people can sign up on the day of the tour at the Information Desk on the main level, on a first-come, first-served basis. You must have an exhibition ticket for that day before you sign up for a tour. Tours are subject to cancellation.
 

No food or drink is permitted inside the exhibition. The de Young Café is open for your enjoyment.

Photography, video recording, or cell-phone camera photography are not permitted in the exhibition.

Unfortunately, due to space and crowding considerations strollers are not permitted inside the exhibition. Please note that baby-carrying backpacks and large backpacks are not allowed inside the special exhibition galleries. We do allow soft, front-pack infant carriers or slings inside the galleries.

Yes, sketching with a small (9 x12 inches or smaller) handheld pad and pencil is permitted. Painting is not allowed. The museum reserves the right to cancel sketching privileges if the galleries are too crowded.

Yes, the de Young has partnered with multiple Bay Area hotels to offer unique hotel packages featuring accommodations, special amenities, and VIP tickets to Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Details of these packages will be available on our website shortly.

Yes, this is an opportunity to explore the wide range of artistic styles and forms of this master.

The de Young Café offers a complete menu of breakfast treats, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Please note that the de Young Café does not accept reservations.

Limited street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods and on John F. Kennedy Drive behind the de Young. Paid parking is available in the Music Concourse Garage with entry on Fulton Street at 10th Avenue.

Yes, and because of the popularity of this exhibition, we strongly suggest using public transportation to travel to the de Young, especially during the weekends when Golden Gate Park has limited parking for events and festivals. Visit our transportation page to see the various options available.

Click here for a map and directions to the de Young and Golden Gate Park.

Accessibility

Access days are scheduled for Monday, June 20, and Monday, August 29. On access days, the exhibition is less crowded and extra seating and parking are provided. Large print or Braille copies of the exhibition's introductory panel and printed versions of the audio tour script are available.

On June 20 at 1 p.m. there will be a tour led by a hearing docent with ASL interpretation.

Anyone wishing an ASL tour on August 29 should please place a request.

Attendance on access days is by appointment only.

For more information or to make an appointment contact:

Tish Brown, ADA Coordinator
415.750.7645
TTY 415.750.3509
Fax 415.750.3656
tbrown@famsf.org

Yes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters are permitted inside the exhibition. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for visitors to borrow during their visit. These can be requested at the information desk or just inside the entrance from the garage.

The exhibition audio guide is free to visitors with visual impairments. Printed transcripts are also available.