The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are committed to offering services that make its collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to all visitors.
There are six disability placard spaces in front of the museum, two located by the Terrace Entrance, and two located by the staff entrance and loading dock. Visitors needing to avoid the long ramp to the front entrance may use the Terrance Entrance to the right of the building. The entrance is at the top of the driveway. Please ring the doorbell and wait for security.
Free accessible parking is available at several locations near the museum. Please use this map (PDF, 55KB) as a reference.
Trained service animals such as guide dogs are permitted to assist museum visitors.
The museum is accessible to wheelchair users. All museum entrances are accessible. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front entrance and in the coat check. Wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance.
Florence Gould Theater
Florence Gould Theater is accessible via the lower level. Please ask staff to assist you.
Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening devices, including neck loops, are available for use at no fee for all public programs and lectures in the Florence Gould Theater. You may request one from the AV staff. Neck loops are available for audio tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. You may request one from the Antenna Audio staff.
Most videos for temporary exhibitions are closed-captioned.
ASL interpretation is provided at no fee for all public programs, lectures, and tours. Please contact the access office at least two weeks in advance of your visit. To request ASL interpretation, contact the access office (415) 750-7645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies of temporary exhibition labels are available in large print at the beginning of exhibitions. For brochures or other materials in Braille, please contact the access office at least two weeks in advance of your visit (415) 750-7645 or e-mail email@example.com
Audio tour players for the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are free for visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Transcripts in regular and large print are also available.
Wheelchair-accessible public telephones, as well as telephones with volume control, are located in the museum. Please reference the visitor map for locations.
Fully accessible restrooms are indicated by signs and located on the lower level. Please refer to the visitor map for the location.
Lighting in certain galleries is dimmed to protect the art.
Request for Accommodation
If you’d like to request an accommodation or a custom tour in advance of your visit, please contact the access office (415) 750-7645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum Tours and Programs
Free Private Tours
You are welcome to request a private tour on a topic of your choice. All tours are custom-designed to meet your needs and interests. Private tours must be arranged four weeks prior to the date of your visit.
Visitors who are blind or have low vision may request an individual guided tour. The tours include three-dimensional objects you can touch as well as paintings to explore through verbal description.
During “touch tours,” the visitors examine pre-selected works of sculpture and decorative arts. Our curatorial staff has approved specific objects in the permanent collection for touching.
Visitors using wheelchairs may arrange individual or small group tours.
Visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing may arrange individual or small group tours. The museum provides two types of services: an ASL interpreter can be requested free of charge for any private tour and there are tours led in ASL in conjunction with temporary exhibitions.
Visitors who have memory loss may attend Artful Discoveries, a monthly program held in the galleries for individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Please check the calendar for upcoming dates at the Legion of Honor.
Access Advisors Open House and Disability Arts Festival takes place November 2, 2013 at the de Young Museum. Call for entries for Art Slam 2013 will be going out in July. If you would like to receive information, please contact the access office (415) 750-7645 or e-mail email@example.com
Access Days happen once or twice during temporary exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions are open on select Mondays for entrance and tours for visitors with low-vision, ASL interpretation, and other accommodations are offered. Please check the museum calendar for upcoming dates.
Teacher and Art Lover Access Workshops are offered in conjunction with temporary exhibitions. Workshops include a tour through the exhibition and hands-on art-making exercises that be adapted to all skill levels for all classrooms. Priority is given to special education teachers and facilitators. Please check the museum calendar for upcoming dates.
Access Programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are generously supported by the de Youngsters, Mrs. Susan Hyde Greene and Mr. James B. Greene, Jr., Hanson Bridgett, and Dr. Susan Rutherford.