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.


We are now accepting applications for spring Guided and Self-Guided school tours and Art Express classroom visits starting February 3, 2020 through June 5, 2020.  Tours are offered weekdays (except Wednesdays) during the academic year. We require one chaperone for every ten students, and can offer free admission for all students and up to eight chaperones, including the teacher, per scheduled class. To request a tour, complete the application and submit it by the deadline indicated on the application. Requests are not accepted by phone or fax.

Due to the high volume of applications, we may not be able to accommodate all tour requests. If your class cannot be scheduled for your first selection, we suggest you choose an alternate SFMOMA school program from the options below.

SFMOMA offers a limited number of free buses for qualifying SFUSD classes. For more information, contact the School Visits office at

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 in early spring 2020.