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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.

Please note, the Group Sales and Private Tour Office will be closed between Monday, December 23rd, 2019 and Weds, January 1st, 2020.


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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
Gallery Tour
Special Exhibition Tour
Adult $35 $41
Senior (65+) $33 $39
Age 19–24 $30 $36
Age 18 and younger $14 $18
SFMOMA Member* $14 $18

 

SFMOMA members may use their free admission benefits when booking or participating in a group tour.

If you or members of your group are SFMOMA members, we are happy to provide you with complimentary or discounted tickets based on your membership level, and adjust the cost of your order.

On your group registration form, please list the names and membership numbers of the participants you will be claiming tickets for on the day of your visit.

Custom tours are subject to additional fees.

Pricing for a group with fewer than 10 paid admissions:

Gallery Tours: minimum charge of $350 for the general public / $250 for SFMOMA members.

Special Exhibition Tours: minimum charge of $400 for the general public / $300 for SFMOMA members.

SFMOMA Corporate Members: minimum charge of $450 for a private guided tour.

*Valid for membership levels: individual, dual, and supporter. Contributor and above, please contact groups@sfmoma.org. 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.

  • New at SFMOMA:

    • Exclusive Highlights Early Access Private Tour
      Take in your favorite modern masterpieces on an intimate private guided tour of the galleries before the museum opens to the public. Enjoy the engaging SFMOMA Highlights Private Tour without the crowds and spend your morning with special access to must-see works in our permanent collection and the spectacular Doris and Donald Fisher Collection galleries. Reflect on the amazing art and architecture as your tour concludes in the captivating Jean and James Douglas Family Sculpture Garden on Floor 5, with an option to purchase a leisurely breakfast, coffee, or tea as the museum opens. The tour fee is a flat rate of $2,500 for up to twenty-five people and is available Friday–Tuesday mornings from 8:30–10 a.m. Three-week advance notice is required. The Early Access Private Tour is approximately ninety minutes long. The ticket covers same-day general admission to the museum if you wish to extend your experience. Food and beverages are not included.

    Special Exhibition Tours:

    • Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space
    • On view July 20, 2019–January 20, 2020, Floor 6
    • Special Exhibition Tour
    • Even before the moon landing half a century ago, humans dreamed of what it would be like to live in outer space. On this tour of the exhibition Far Out: Suits, Habs, and Labs for Outer Space, see some of those ideas up close, including real and conceptual space suits, plans for off-planet living environments, and more, by artists and innovators including Buckminster Fuller, Raymond Loewy, Rick Guidice, Neri Oxman, and Tom Sachs. Explore models, drawings, and films from the heyday of the 1960s’ space race to current-day ventures like NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration and others who imagine life beyond earth.
    • Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene
    • On view from August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020, Floor 3
    • Special Exhibition Tour
    • Travel back in time to mid-nineteenth century Egypt and the advent of the photographic medium as we explore the work of French-born American archeologist and photographer John Beasley Greene. Learn more about Greene’s strikingly modern composition as he responded to the Egyptian and Algerian landscapes while also documenting Egyptian hieroglyphics and monuments such as the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. One of the first to use photography in the pursuit of archaeology, Greene saw his work as contributing to a body of scholarly knowledge, though the frameworks through which we now understand his work — whether aesthetic or political –are far more complicated.
    • SOFT POWER
    • On view October 26, 2019–February 17, 2020, Floor 4 and Floor 7
    • Special Exhibition Tour
    • Engage with new commissions and recent works by twenty artists from around the world in SOFT POWER, SFMOMA’s exhibition of contemporary art. With diverse backgrounds and practices, these artists are linked by a desire to explore the potential of art and their role as citizens and social actors. The thought-provoking works on view, many newly created for the exhibition include painting, sculpture, video, installation, and photography.

    Gallery Tours

    • Dynamic Duos in Modern Art
      They say who we spend time with determines who we are. In this exclusive tour, learn how significant relationships in artists’ lives impacted their work. Discover exciting stories of artistic rivalries and creative couples, including what SFMOMA’s first director, Grace McCann Morley, shared in common with Peggy Guggenheim and Jackson Pollock. Learn more about the bonds between artistic couples, muses, lovers, and friends in the galleries of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection and the permanent collection.
    • Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women in Modern Art
      Delve into the inspiring stories of influential women and female-identifying artists whose powerful works challenge rules, shift perspectives, and deepen understanding of women’s contributions to 20th and 21st century artistic movements, including Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Conceptual Art. Some of the featured artists are household names, others are groundbreaking social commentators you need to know, and all offer fascinating insights on the complicated road traveled by female artists, who persisted in pursuing their art despite personal, professional, and societal challenges. Learn the history of SFMOMA and our visionary founding director Grace McCann Morley, and discover current women artists who are pushing boundaries in exciting new directions. Notable pieces in the tour include Frida Kahlo’s Frieda and Diego Rivera, Lee Krasner’s Polar Stampede, and Julie Mehretu’s diptych HOWL, eon (I, II).
    • The Beat Goes On: San Francisco Artists of the 1950s and 1960s to Now
      Time travel with us to mid-twentieth-century San Francisco to explore the dynamic network of Bay Area artists who embodied the bold visual rhythms of the 1950s Beat era, and later shaped the artistic trends that defined the colors and spirit of 1960s counterculture. Study techniques and the historical context of Abstract Expressionists’ renegade works as they moved away from abstraction toward representational painting, which became the renowned Bay Area Figurative Art movement. Along the way, we’ll understand how San Francisco became a creative haven for the revolutionaries and free thinkers who fed the social movements that transformed our country.
    • 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.
    • The 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 Highlights
      The SFMOMA Highlights Tour provides an overview of the recently transformed museum and its treasured pieces. With 170,000 square feet of new and renovated gallery space, SFMOMA is now a multi-visit destination boasting an outstanding collection of modern and contemporary artworks, all showcased by the inspiring architectural features of Mario Botta and Snøhetta. Visitors will explore must-see masterpieces, conquer the heights of the Oculus Bridge, breathe in the Living Wall, and admire the calm and beauty of our multiple outdoor terraces.