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 group, and access tours, and participate in our Art Talks program, which offers lectures for the community on museum-related topics.

Docent Training Program

Do you have a passion for art? Want to share that with visitors to the de Young and Legion of Honor? Apply now to be a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The new training class begins January 4, 2018. For additional information, please email famsfdocentapplication@gmail.com.  Completed applications must be received by July 31, 2017.

Daily Tours

Enhance your visit to the museum with a permanent collection or special exhibition tour. Choose from a self-guided audio tour (rental fees apply) or one of the many daily docent-led tours. See the daily tours schedule in the calendar listings for de Young and the Legion .

Docent tours are free after museum admission and special exhibition tickets, where required. Some tours require sign-up on the day of your visit. Reservations are not taken.

Private Docent-Led Tours

Private docent-led tours of the permanent collections or special exhibitions are offered to groups of 10 or more guests for a fee. Tours must be arranged four weeks in advance and are usually 45 minutes long. To reserve a tour contact the Group Sales department at 415.750.3620 or groupsales@famsf.org .

School Group Tours

Docents work in conjunction with the Museums’ school programs to offer tours that allow students to develop an understanding of art in both creative and historical contexts. Visit the K–12 students page for more information.

College instructors from any accredited college may also arrange docent-led tours of the permanent collections or special exhibitions for their classes. Tours must be arranged four weeks in advance and are about 45 minutes long. Visit the college programs page for information and to download a request form.

Access Programs

Specially trained docents are available by appointment to lead tours that accommodate the accessibility needs of a group or individual. For sight-impaired visitors, a tour might include verbal descriptions and the opportunity to touch certain objects. Docents for the deaf offer tours using American Sign Language interpreters.

Docents are also involved in access programs designed for individuals living with dementia, for veterans who want to explore healing through art, and more. For more information on these programs, visit our access page .

Art Talks

The Art Talks program features entertaining, educational art talks delivered by museum docents, available on location to community groups throughout the Bay Area and on site at the de Young and the Legion of Honor. To learn more and schedule an art talk for your group, click here.

Click here to view the schedule of docent art talks in the Museums.