The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers a wide range of programs and educational opportunities that foster connections, expand knowledge, create community, and enable visitors of all ages to bring new perspectives to artworks in our permanent collection and special exhibitions. The Museums' Programs and Education initiatives partner with community groups, schools, city organizations, and advisory committees to engage multiple voices and diverse audiences in the Bay Area and beyond.

Fine Arts Museums Docent Programs

Docents of the Fine Arts Museums provide tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions at the de Young and Legion of Honor. Their service follows extensive training, through seminars and continuing education lectures. With additional training they also provide private group, school... View More

K–12 Students

The Fine Arts Museums' School Programs enable students to make connections and develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. The programs described below offer a vast array of experiences ranging from independent viewing to facilitated visits with docents, museum artists... View More

Resources for Educators

The Education Department at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco provide a wide variety of resources, events and written materials for educators planning visits to the Museums with their students. Below you will find rich source material with which to prepare yourself and your students to visit... View More

College Programs

College programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco focus on artistic enrichment, art history perspectives, studio art, and performing arts that highlight a specific time period, current events, or a traveling exhibition.Collections ResearchThe Museums’ web site is an excellent place to... View More


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s education programs are made possible with support from Anna G. Gardner, Bank of America, Belvedere-Tiburon Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, The Christensen Fund, Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Daniel Donovan, de Youngsters, DM3 Fund, Elios Charitable Foundation, Eugenia Perez, Gagosian Gallery, Hanson Bridgett, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Joseph G. Bradley Charitable Foundation, Justin Kielty, Kimball Foundation, Louise Chu, the Marilyn Langer Memorial Fund, Mr. Scott Nelson and Mrs. Nora Nelson, Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums in conjunction with Artifact Studio, The Sato Foundation, Daphne and Stuart Wells, Zellerbach Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by endowments established by Peggy Adams, Mary Harrison, William Randolph Hearst Foundation and Michael Zimmer.