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School Visits

We invite teachers and their students to explore the museum either with a Museum Guide or on a teacher-guided visit. Museum experiences encourage students to draw connections between art and their own lives, apply concepts learned in the classroom in a new context, and develop critical and creative thinking skills. All scheduled K-12 school visits are free of charge.

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

Look, Learn, Create Tours (grades K–8)

These interactive tours are conducted by Museum Guides who lead small groups of students through the museum’s galleries. Students are invited to look, discover, question, and explore modern and contemporary art through lively discussions, careful observation, and activities that get them thinking like artists. Tours address Common Core State Standards, encouraging critical thinking, evidentiary reasoning, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives, while developing content knowledge.

Thinking Through Art VTS Tours (grades 3–8)

These innovative tours support students in observing, talking, and thinking about art. In small groups, Museum Guides use the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method to empower students to use their observational and critical thinking skills to discover stories and meaning in works of art at SFMOMA.


Teen Tours (grades 9–12)

Interactive Teen Tours of SFMOMA’s exhibitions are led by Museum Guides and can be tailored to complement high school curricula. Tours focus on specific exhibitions and are organized around a theme so that students can focus more deeply on an individual artist, time period, artistic practice, or movement.


Stage and Screen Tours (grades K–12)

In conjunction with the museum’s performance and film programming, SFMOMA offers opportunities for school groups to experience featured films, newly commissioned participatory artworks, and live performances.


Teacher-Guided Tours (grades K–12)

SFMOMA encourages teachers who prefer to guide students through the museum on their own to reserve a teacher-guided tour, which includes free admission for students and chaperones, and resources for in-class and in-museum use. See our Teachers Resources to help prepare for your visit.


Special Exhibitions (grades 3–12)

SFMOMA is pleased to offer a limited number of special exhibition tours. Matisse/Diebenkorn tours will be offered between March 20 and May 29, 2017.

Select a Look, Learn, Create Tour (3–8) or a Teen Tour and specify Matisse/Diebenkorn.


Higher Education at SFMOMA

SFMOMA provides a variety of tailored experiences for higher education groups, from interactive tours of exhibitions at the museum to object study sessions at our Collections Center.