School Visits

Museum experiences are a great way to encourage students to draw connections between art and their own lives, and apply concepts learned in the classroom in a new context, helping to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Teachers and their students are invited to explore the museum either with a Museum Guide or on a Self-Guided Visit. All scheduled school visits are free of charge for students and up to eight chaperones (including the teacher) per class.

For more information about individual tours, please download the School + Teacher Programs brochure.


Due to uncertainties regarding K–12 school schedules this fall, SFMOMA is suspending K–12 self-guided and guided school tours in the museum and Art Express visits to classrooms through December 2020.

We will provide updates here as we have new information to report. Be sure to check our Teacher Resources page for art projects, artist-designed activities, and discussion questions you can use with your students to explore artworks from SFMOMA’s collection, videos and animations, and more!

We look forward to welcoming students back to explore our galleries and experience our programming at a future date.

Questions? Please contact the School Visits office at schoolvisits@sfmoma.org.

Stage and Screen Programs (grades K–12, length: various)

SFMOMA offers opportunities for school groups to experience a special selection of films, media artworks, and live performances. Admission to the museum’s galleries is included with this program.


San Francisco Unified School District Media Arts Festival

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Screening 1: 10:30–11:45 a.m. (K–8, ages 5–14)

Screening 2: 1–2:15 p.m. (Grades 6–12)

San Francisco Unified School District, in collaboration with SFMOMA, proudly presents a student film and video showcase on March 24, 2020 in SFMOMA’s Phyllis Wattis Theater.

The student film and video showcase is part of the SFUSD Arts Festival (March 21–29, 2020). This nine-day event features performances, exhibits, and workshops in venues across San Francisco by students from the San Francisco Unified School District.

The first screening from 10:30–11:45 a.m. is for Kindergarten through 8th grade students (ages five to fourteen). The second screening for secondary students grades 6 through 12 begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. A Q+A session with the young filmmakers follows the afternoon screening. Museum admission is included. Click on the Schedule a Visit button above to attend.

To enter your students’ films (deadline: Monday, February 24, 2020), click here.

SFFILM’s Schools at the Festival

April 8–21, 2020

SFMOMA is pleased to partner with SFFILM Education to host select weekday matinees of curated Festival film programs at no cost to students or educators. Classes attending a Schools at the Festival screening at SFMOMA may also visit the museum galleries at no cost.

The Schools at the Festival program introduces students ages 6 to 18 to international film and the art of filmmaking, while promoting media literacy, deepening insights into other cultures, enhancing foreign language aptitude, developing critical thinking skills, and inspiring a lifelong appreciation of cinema.

Program information for the 2020 Schools at the Festival program (April 8–21, 2020) will be published on sffilm.org in early spring 2020.