Photo: Beth LaBerge

Higher Education Offerings at the Museum

The museum offers multiple ways for students to engage with our collections. Museum Guides provide gallery tours that encourage students to actively participate in conversations about the works on view. Tours are experimental, collaborative, and most of all fun! SFMOMA staff are also available to guide tours and lead discussions in the galleries or in the Koret Education Center. We look forward to welcoming your class to the museum.


Tours Offered

Note that some tours are only available at certain times of day. If you are interested in visiting galleries on Floors 2, 3, or 5, please schedule your weekday visit for after 2 p.m. Please select the tour theme most relevant to your class goals. Certain artist works may not be on view based on gallery rotation schedules.

A Walk through the Twentieth Century

Floor 2
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 2–5 p.m., and Thursday, 2–9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.

Masterworks and experimental pieces from SFMOMA’s painting and sculpture collection explore themes that have shaped the history of modern art from the earlytwentieth century to our own time. The exhibition focuses on revolutionary ideas, geographical centers, individual artists, and relationships between artists. Delve into the passions and beliefs that have spurred artists’ creativity in a rapidly changing world.

Art in 3D

Floors 2–7 (as applicable)
Friday–Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.

Experience SFMOMA’s rich collection of sculpture on view throughout the museum and be inspired by the eclectic ideas, materials, and processes of their creations. Exploring concepts such as shape, scale and space from Richard Serra’s Sequence to Calder’s mobiles. Consider different approaches to sculpture through working with different materials and approaches.

Color and Abstraction

Floor 4
Friday–Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.

View works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection with an emphasis on color and abstraction. Develop your mind’s eye and meet these works head on as you explore the diverse approach to abstraction developed since 1950. We will explore the properties of color and how artists use this basic art element in various ways. . The variety of materials and techniques included in this presentation testifies to abstraction’s enduring potential as a form of artistic expression.

Photography

Floor 3
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 2–5 p.m., and Thursday, 2–9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.
**Photography tours are unavailable between October 21-26, 2018.

Photography is a vital means of human expression. It is a creative art form as well as an omnipresent cultural force that both mirrors and shapes everyday life. This makes it a uniquely potent, complex, and thought-provoking medium. We invite people to see and understand the world in new ways through photography, from its origins in the nineteenth century to the present day. SFMOMA was one of the first American museums to recognize photography as an art form, and its pioneering commitment continues to deepen as new generations and evolving technologies expand the definition of the medium.

Special Exhibitions

René Magritte: The Fifth Season (May 19–October 28, 2018)
Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (November 10–February 24, 2019)
Vija Celmins: To Fix The Image in Memory (December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019)
Friday–Tuesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.
**Special Exhibition tours unavailable from October 28-November 10, 2018.

Enrich your visit to one of SFMOMA’s special exhibitions. Join our Museum Guides who are pleased to offer a limited number of in depth special exhibition tours. For more information on upcoming exhibitions visit the SFMOMA website

Custom Tours

Floors 2–7
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 2–5 p.m., and Thursday, 2–9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Wednesday.

In addition to the standard tours, we can arrange more custom offerings to suit your needs. If you want to focus on a specific artist or area, you and your guide can create a focused tour-within-a-tour. Many of the guides also have non-art specialties, such as psychology, technology, and foreign languages, which can serve as the basis of a tour.