To ensure steady movement of patrons through the exhibition spaces and to prevent patrons from gathering together for a sustained period, all private tours, group reservations and group visits with members of different households are not currently allowed, per City and County of San Francisco guidelines. For additional safety measures being implemented, please visit our Welcome Back page.
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 will be available for our upcoming exhibitions 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Audio tours are also available for most major special exhibitions at the de Young. Special exhibition audio tours are $8 general, $7 members.
Audio tours are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, and German.
The de Young provides free tours for visually impaired visitors and a large-print script of the tour free of charge to hearing impaired visitors. Learn more about our offerings.
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.
Explore the de Young’s building and collections in an entirely new way with Google Lens. Use your smartphone’s camera to identify artworks and discover the artists and hidden stories behind the American art paintings. Free loaner devices are available for check-out at the information desk. A government-issued photo ID or passport is required as a deposit.