Teen Programs

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco offers free events and job opportunities for high school students. Teens ages 17 and under receive FREE general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor with a valid school ID.


Teen Studio Series
Second Saturdays, 2–4 pm

Join us for free monthly art workshops for high school teens! Each workshop explores themes of self-expression, identity, and activism. Teens gather inspiration from our collections and make art in the studios. Meet in front of the de Youngsters Studio. All materials are provided.

Free Teen Afternoons
Select Saturdays, 2–4 pm

High school teens with valid student ID receive free admission to special exhibitions on Free Teen Afternoons. Get your free ticket at our check-in table in front of the de Youngsters Studio on the day of your visit.

  • April 13 \ Monet: The Late Years: Immerse yourself in Monet’s colorful naturalistic and abstract paintings of his garden from the last 13 years of his life.
  • May 4 \ Early Rubens: Find yourself captivated by the dramatic action and sensuous colors from Rubens’s early years as an oil painter.

Teens Take Action!
Spring 2020

The museum is a place to see how art relates to current issues. Each year, the Teen Advisory Board hosts an annual event just for teens called Teens Take Action! The event is a call for future liberation through identity, self-expression, and activism. Join us for performances led by local youth organizations, gallery activities, music, collective art making, and valuable resources suggesting ways to take action! This event is for high school students and free for teens with valid high school ID. #TeensTakeAction

Teen Media

Beyond the Paint Podcast
The Teen Advisory Board wrote and produced a podcast inspired by the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition at the de Young. The podcast explores themes of modest fashion, individual expression, social media, and global exchange. Learn more and start listening.

Are you curious to know what it’s like writing and recording a podcast? Click here for a behind the scenes interview with our Teen Advisory Board members.

Youth Radio
Teen Programs collaborated with Youth Radio during Contemporary Muslim Fashions to create a teen tour and to interview Hoda Katebi—blogger, photographer, and social-media influencer—who was featured in the exhibition.

Teen Jobs

Teen Advisory Board
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is composed of 10 San Francisco Bay Area high school teens enrolled in public, private, and home-school programs. Together they plan, host, and promote teen events and digital content. TAB Members are paid minimum wage for their work and meet on Friday afternoons 10 months out of the year. For more information, check this webpage in spring 2019.

Museum Ambassador Program
Museum Ambassadors are San Francisco residents and high school teens that are hired to teach art projects to families in the museum, libraries, and other San Francisco community centers. They are paid minimum wage for training and work shifts. Summer applications will be available on this webpage Friday, March 1, 2019. The application closes on Sunday, March 31 at 5 pm. Please click here for the Museum Ambassador job description and apply here. Summer college internships for this program are available on our employment page.

Contact Us

Want to stay in the loop about upcoming teen events and jobs?
Join our Teen Programs Email List.

Want to share our events and jobs with your community?
Download our Spring Flyer.
Download our Museum Ambassador Summer Hiring Handout.

Want to learn more about us?


Teen Programs is made possible with support from Bank of America, de Youngsters, Kimball Foundation, Gap Foundation, the Marilyn Langer Memorial Fund, Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, The Sato Foundation, the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.