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Public Tours

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Public tours are currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our Visitor’s Toolkit for information about visiting the museum.

Led by our incredible Museum Guides, public tours at SFMOMA take visitors through the collection and special exhibitions. More of a guided conversation in the galleries than a traditional lecture, our interactive tours are full of surprising stories about artists, and fun facts about the museum and works on view. We encourage all visitors to share their ideas and engage with one another as we explore modern and contemporary art together. You will leave with new ideas about how to look at art and the world around you.

We offer two types of public tours here at SFMOMA. Daily Exhibition Tours are 45 minutes in length and focus on a single exhibition with multiple stops. Spotlight Tours are 20 minutes in length and focus on an individual artwork or artist.

Events in this Series

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Spotlight Tour

British Sculptors: The Fisher Collection

Friday, November 4, 2016, 5 p.m.
Visitors in British Sculptors
Spotlight Tour

New Work: Sohei Nishino

Friday, November 4, 2016, 5 p.m.
Museum guide with visitiors in New Work: Sohei Nishino
Daily Tour

Open Ended: SFMOMA’s Permanent Collection

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
A museum guide shows a New Yorker cartoon on an iPad in a gallery
Daily Tour

Bruce Conner: It’s All True

Monday, November 7, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Three women look at a wall of Bruce Conner's punk photographs
Spotlight Tour

Contemporary Art at SFMOMA

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 4 p.m.
Four visitors look at Doris Salcedo's Plegaria Muda
Daily Tour

Botta Meets Snøhetta: Architecture in Dialogue

Monday, March 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
A view of the SFMOMA oculus from below
Daily Tour

Profound Inspiration: Matisse/Diebenkorn

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5 p.m.
A woman and two girls looks at a colorful painting by Matisse of two women
Spotlight Tour

Californian Perspectives

Friday, March 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
A group of visitors lean in to get a better look at silkscreened prints by Corita Kent
Spotlight Tour

Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly: Nature and Geometry

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly
Architecture Tour

Art and Architecture in Dialogue

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Family crossing bridge
Spotlight Tour

Frida Kahlo: Love and Friendship

Saturday, June 17, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Artwork image, Frida Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931
Exhibition Tour

Special Exhibition: Edvard Munch

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
A tour group standing in front of Edvard Munch's self-portrait Between the Clock and the Bed
Spotlight Tour

Richard Serra’s Sequence

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5 p.m.
A tour standing outside of Richard Serra's Sequence
Exhibition Tour

Postwar Germany and Beyond

Friday, September 1, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
A tour group looks at a large painting by Anselm Kiefer
Exhibition Tour

Photography: Walker Evans

Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
A grid of sixten black and white close-cropped photographs of women in hats
Exhibition Tour

Special Exhibition: Robert Rauschenberg

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4 p.m.
A tour group looking at a taxidermied goat with a a painted face and a tire around its mid-section
Spotlight Tour

Spiders!

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4 p.m.
A tour group stands beside a large bronze spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois
Architecture Tour

Art and Architecture in Dialogue

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
A tour group in front of a large wooden sculpture on SFMOMA's sculpture terrace
Exhibition Tour

Special Exhibition: Designed in California

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Irregular grid of stacks of colorful punch cards
Exhibition Tour

Welcome to SFMOMA!

Friday, June 1, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
group of people standing in atrium
Exhibition Tour

Contemporary Voices

Friday, June 1, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Visitors on a tour gazing to the right
Exhibition Tour

Twentieth Century to Now

Friday, June 1, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Visitors looking at Mark Rothko painting
Spotlight Tour

Twentieth Century Masterworks

Saturday, September 1, 2018, 6 p.m.
Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
Spotlight Tour

Twentieth Century Masterworks

Monday, November 5, 2018, 6 p.m.
Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
Exhibition Tour

Art from 1900 to Now

December 6, 2018—December 27, 2018
6:30 p.m. | Thursdays
Floor 2, Red Elevator landing
Visitors looking at Mark Rothko painting
Exhibition Tour

Art and China after 1989

Thursdays | 6:30 p.m.
a visitor guide speaking to a tour group in Art and China
Exhibition Tour

Art and Architecture at SFMOMA

Daily | 12:30 p.m.
group of people standing in atrium
Spotlight Tour

Twentieth-Century Masterworks

Thursdays | 6 p.m.
Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
Exhibition Tour

In Focus: Photography at SFMOMA

Daily | 11:30 a.m.
A museum guide holds a copy of a Diane Arbus photograph
Exhibition Tour

Pop Art and Minimalism: 1960s and Beyond

Daily | 2:30 p.m.
A guided tour in front of Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis
Exhibition Tour

Special Exhibition: Vija Celmins

Daily | 1:30 p.m.
blurred image of stars in a dark sky, Vija Celmins
Exhibition Tour

Pop Art and Minimalism: 1960s and Beyond

Thursdays | 6:30 p.m.
A guided tour in front of Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis
Exhibition Tour

Pop Art and Minimalism: 1960s and Beyond

Daily | 2:30 p.m.
A guided tour in front of Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis
Spotlight Tour

Twentieth-Century Masterworks

Thursdays | 6 p.m.
Artwork image, Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret
Exhibition Tour

Art from 1900 to Now

Daily | 3:30 p.m.
A group of people gathered around a large painting
Exhibition Tour

Postwar Germany and Beyond

Daily | 1:30 p.m.
A tour group looks at a large painting by Anselm Kiefer
Exhibition Tour

Suzanne Lacy: Activist Artist

Daily | 3:30 p.m.
Color photograph of a Suzanne Lacy performance

Una nueva mirada: Andy Warhol

May 25, 2019—August 24, 2019
4 p.m.
Spotlight Tour

Frida Kahlo: Love and Friendship

Thursdays | 6:30 p.m.
Artwork image, Frida Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931
Exhibition Tour

Andy Warhol Revisited

Daily | 10:30 a.m.
Spotlight Tour

Gerhard Richter: Paint and Light

Daily | 3 p.m.
A group of people listen to a museum guide
Spotlight Tour

Mark Rothko: Color and Emotion

Daily | 12:30 p.m.
Visitors looking at Mark Rothko painting
Spotlight Tour

Frida Kahlo: Love and Friendship

Daily | 2:30 p.m.
Artwork image, Frida Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931
Exhibition Tour

Andy Warhol Revisited

Daily | 1:30 p.m.
Exhibition Tour

In Focus: Photography at SFMOMA

Daily | 11:30 a.m.
A museum guide holds a copy of a Diane Arbus photograph
Exhibition Tour

Designed for Space: Far Out

December 1, 2019–January 20, 2020
Exhibition Tour

Artist Citizens: SOFT POWER

November 1, 2020 – February 17, 2020
Exhibition Tour

Artist Citizens: SOFT POWER

November 1, 2020 – February 17, 2020
Spotlight Tour

Pop Icons

April 16-May 30, 2020
A guided tour in front of Andy Warhol's Triple Elvis
Exhibition Tour

In Focus: Photography at SFMOMA

May 26–August 31, 2020
A museum guide holds a copy of a Diane Arbus photograph
Exhibition Tour

Special Exhibition: David Park

April 25–September 4, 2020