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Private Guided Tours

Private guided tours are available for individuals or groups of any size. Book a party, friend gathering, or fun date night to enjoy a unique visit to the museum with a knowledgeable art historian.

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All tours are one hour long, but can be extended to include multiple topics or longer in-depth discussions.

One-Hour Private Guided Tour (includes admission)

Ticket Type
Ongoing
Special Exhibition
Adult $35 $41
Senior (65+) $33 $39
Age 19–24 $30 $36
Age 18 and under $14
$18
SFMOMA Member $14 $18


Custom tours are subject to additional fees.

For group private guided tours, a minimum charge of $340 is applied. For SFMOMA members, a minimum of $250 is applied. For special exhibition tours, surcharged pricing is added, with a minimum charge of $410 for the general public and $250 for members.

For more information about private tours, group visits, or ticket exchanges, check out our Group Visits FAQ and Group Sales Policy.

Choose between our many private guided tour options.

Ongoing Tours:

  • Painting and Sculpture Collection
    The Painting and Sculpture Collection Tour is an exploration of iconic artworks located in our Floor 2 galleries, including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the early 1900s to the present. Experience the beginning of artistic modernity and see how colors, shapes, and materials shifted rapidly at the turn of the century. Take a closer look at the foundations of the museum’s collection and find out how SFMOMA earned its title as the first West Coast museum dedicated to modern art. Notable artworks include Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917/1964) and Mark Rothko’s No. 14, 1960.

  • Doris and Donald Fisher Collection
    The tour of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at SFMOMA guides visitors through the Fisher Collection galleries, located throughout the building. Founders of San Francisco-based Gap, Inc., the Fishers have had a lifelong love of modern and contemporary art, which shines through in multiple exhibitions drawn from their holdings. Select additional works from the museum’s collection add depth and context. Notable stops include the focused exhibition Alexander Calder: Scaling Up, four galleries dedicated to Ellsworth Kelly, and the diverse works of Gerhard Richter.

  • SFMOMA Architecture
    The SFMOMA Architecture Tour guides visitors through the Snøhetta-designed expansion of the new SFMOMA building — from inspiration to construction — and the challenges faced in designing what is now the largest museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art in the United States. Groups will explore the three-year transformation of SFMOMA through its expanded gallery spaces, outdoor terraces, and environmentally conscious design. Highlights of this tour include Helen and Charles Schwab Hall on Floor 2, the living wall on Floor 3, and unique views of San Francisco from our multiple terraces.

  • SFMOMA Highlights
    The SFMOMA Highlights Tour provides an overview of the museum and its treasured pieces. With 170,000 square feet of gallery space, SFMOMA is a multi-visit destination boasting an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary artworks, all showcased by the inspiring architecture of Mario Botta and Snøhetta. Visitors will explore must-see artworks, conquer the heights of the oculus bridge, breathe in the living wall, and admire the breathtaking beauty of our multiple outdoor terraces.

Special Exhibition Tours:

  • Walker Evans (September 30, 2017–February 4, 2018)
    With over 400 photographs and ephemera spanning five decades, the exclusive U.S. showing of Walker Evans is not to be missed. Evans saw the beauty and art of the twentieth-century vernacular through everyday people, roadside attractions, storefronts, postcards, and signage across the country. Learn the stories behind the faces and scenes found in Evans’s documentary-style photography with this tour. You will walk away appreciating how his unprecedented eye for detail has influenced generations of photographers and begin to open your own eyes to the beauty in everyday life. Walker Evans is on view and available for tours September 30, 2017–February 4, 2018 in our Pritzker Center for Photography on Floor 3.

  • Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules (November 18, 2017–March 25, 2018)
    Color inside the lines. Don’t make art with junk. Take yourself seriously. Rules to live by, or rules to break? Journey through Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules and see how the artist’s collaborative and innovative approach to contemporary art unfolded across his groundbreaking, six-decade career. Experience Rauschenberg’s playful and rebellious nature up close, losing yourself in the sounds of bubbling mud, the textures of a taxidermied goat, and the impact of a tire print. Come and color outside the lines with us. Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules is on view and available for tours November 18, 2017–March 25, 2018.


Group Visits

Visiting with a group of 10 or more?

Receive special rates, skip the admissions line, and request a private guided tour.

School Visits

With free entry for visitors 18 and under, and free K–12 school visits, it’s easier than ever to share art with your students.

The SFMOMA App

Our SFMOMA app features guided narratives and immersive walks for self-touring. Download for free (iOS only) or rent an audio device at the Member Services Desk.