VIP Docent Tours

Experience an unforgettable and immersive view of our special exhibition with a private VIP docent tour. VIP Docent Tour guests skip the lines and are led by a dedicated expert docent through a customized tour. Gain an insider’s view of the special exhibition and an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy the art on view.

Reservations for private VIP Docent Tours are currently available for the exhibition Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin as well as our permanent collections. Tours can be arranged for individuals and groups of up to 10 people, and are usually an hour long. Tours must be reserved at least four weeks in advance. To book, call Group Sales at 415.750.3620 or email

Audio Tours

Permanent Collections

Audio tours of the de Young's permanent collections are available from Antenna Audio. The audio tour is designed in collaboration with museum curators to enhance your visit to the de Young, and is written for both adults and children. A Spanish-language version is also available. Prices are $8 general, $7 members. The tour is free for 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 museum or online with ticket purchases.

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.

Public Docent Tours

Regularly scheduled docent tours are available Tuesdays through Sundays. Tours are free with museum admission. See the de Young events calendar for times and details.

Private Docent Tours

Private docent tours are available to groups of 10 or more for an additional fee after the cost of tickets. Learn more about arranging private docent tours for group visits.

Google Lens

Take an interactive tour of the paintings in the American art collection on your smart phone with Google Lens.

Contact Information

School Group Tours

College Tours

Access Tours and Programs

Private Tours