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 Educators page. Due to limited ticket availability, unregistered groups are not guaranteed entry or free admission.

Permanent Collections

The de Young collection—encompassing American art; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and textile arts—reflects an active conversation among cultures, perspectives, and time periods.

The collections at the Legion of Honor offer unique insight into the art historical, political, and social movements of the previous 4,000 years of human history. Holdings include European paintings; European decorative arts and sculpture; ancient art from the Mediterranean basin; and one of the nation’s largest repositories of works of art on paper.

Special Exhibitions

If your group is interested in a temporary special exhibition tour, please review the special exhibition options available before completing your request.

Tour Availability

Academic Year Tours:

  • Currently: October 1, 2018–June 1, 2019
  • Next year: October 1, 2019–June 1, 2020
  • Available at the de Young Tuesdays–Fridays starting at 12:30 pm. Available on Thursdays at 9:30
  • Available at the Legion of Honor Tuesdays–Fridays starting at 9:30 am.

Summer Tours:

  • June 2–September 30, 2019
  • Available at both the de Young and Legion of Honor Tuesdays–Fridays starting at 9:30 am.

Schedule a Visit

  • A minimum of 4 weeks advance notice is required for self-guided tours.
  • School groups are restricted from visiting special exhibitions during the first and last two weeks they are on view. Available slots are Tuesdays–Fridays at 10 am, 10:30 am, noon, and 12:30 pm.
  • For groups larger than 60, we require a completed Large-Group Orientation form to be sent four weeks in advance.
  • Self-guided reservations do not need to be held with a deposit check.
  • All K–12 students must be chaperoned by an adult at all times, without exception. The museums require a 1:10 ratio of adults to students.

Request a Reservation Online:

Things to Know

  • Lunch arrangements must be made by the school and must take place offsite. We do not have a sheltered place for students to eat if it is raining.
  • When visiting the Legion, carefully plan to leave backpacks offsite, due to limited storage capabilities within the museum.

Contact Information

Questions? Email or call 415.750.7696