Class Visits

K-12 educators are encouraged to bring their classes to the de Young and Legion of Honor permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Educators may choose from any of the following categories, selecting the one that best supports their classroom goals. For an overview of what the museum can offer for your grade level, see our program table.

Questions? Email or call 415.750.7696.

Learning to Look

The Learning to Look program gives children in grades K–3 the tools that encourage them to grow using skills within their reach. The Museums' teaching artists welcome your class to create and explore in the museum galleries. Your students will be given the opportunity to work with a variety of... View More

Get Smart with Art

Get Smart with Art is a three part program for grades 4–12 that supports the California state content standards in language arts, social studies and visual arts. The program includes free curriculum materials and consists of:Visit prepration: teachers prepare students with Get Smart with Art... View More

Exploring the New Guinea Highlands: Art, Science, and Conservation

This program creates an immersive experience for students to study how the ecosystem of the Highlands of New Guinea influences the art of the region. This interdisciplinary program was produced by the de Young in partnership with the Conservatory of Flowers and the California Academy of Sciences in... View More

Poets in the Galleries

New Program Changes Devorah Major, poet and teacher, and other Bay Area poets lead classes on a single 90-minute session at the de Young this spring. Students participate in a variety of writing exercises designed to raise their awareness of the art objects they are viewing and to sharpen their... View More

Galleries in Focus

Docents at the Fine Arts Museums help students discover their ability to look at, think about, and enjoy art. Working with small groups in the galleries, docents encourage dialogue about the art, artists, and cultures represented in the collections. Tours are available for permanent collections or... View More

Self-Guided Tours

The museums recognize that educators frequently prefer to tour their own students through the museum collections. We are able to offer free admission, based on availability. The Museums support self-guided visits by providing resources for in-class and in-gallery study on the Resources for... View More

Temporary Exhibition School Programs

For more information and to request a reservation please click on the tour option below for the form!Please note that schools are restricted from visiting special exhibitions during the first and last two weeks they are on view. All special exhibition educator resources can be found here. At the de... View More