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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
Gallery Tour
Special Exhibition Tour
Surcharged Exhibition Tour
(weekday/weekend)
Adult $35 $41 $54/56
Senior (65+) $33 $39 $52/54
Age 19–24 $30 $36 $49/52
Age 18 and under $14 $18 $23
SFMOMA Member* $14 $18 $23

 

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.

Surcharged Exhibition Tours: minimum charge of $450 for the general public / $350 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.

Surcharged Exhibition Tour:

    • Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again Immerse yourself in the world of Warhol this summer at SFMOMA. Leave your assumptions about Warhol at the door, and rediscover the depth and breadth of his phenomenally influential career, starting with his early work as a commercial illustrator, into his early Sixties Pop masterpieces including Brillo Boxes and Green Coca-Cola Bottles, large-scale silkscreens and celebrity portraits, and concluding with late-career experimental works. This private tour will concentrate on Floor 4 , with galleries dedicated to Warhol’s vivid Cow Wallpaper and giant flower silkscreens, groundbreaking portraits of New York’s drag and transgender community, and an interactive Silver Cloud installation. Let us guide you to more Warhol exhibition spaces on Floors 2 and 5 to conclude your visit. This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again is on view and available for tours May 28, 2019–August 31, 2019

    Special Exhibition Tours:

    • Brassaï
      Special Exhibition Tour
      Travel back in time to 1930s Paris and look through the lens of Brassaï, one of the most prominent figures of twentieth-century photography. Get an insider’s view of Parisian cafés, bars, dance halls, and the hidden sides of French society and culture. Explore nearly 200 photographs of the artist’s best work along with many never-before-seen works and discover why author Henry Miller described Brassaï as “the eye of Paris.” Let our guides lead you through these provocative and enigmatic images of Parisian life and hear the stories behind Brassaï’s famous portraits of fellow artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Henri Matisse, among others — and the city’s creative avant-garde. Brassaï is on view and available for tours November 17, 2018–February 18, 2019
    • Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
      Special Exhibition Tour
      Explore the exclusive West Coast premiere of Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, an exhibition described by the New York Times as “a powerful, unmissable event, and an invaluable window onto a world of contemporary art, politics, and history that we still, decades on, barely know.” Bracketed by the 1989 crackdown on the student protest movement in Tiananmen Square and the Beijing Olympics in 2008, this ambitious exhibition presents works by more than sixty artists and artists’ groups that anticipated, chronicled, and agitated for the sweeping social transformation that saw the rise of China as a global power in the new millennium. Encompassing a diversity of artistic practices over two decades, the exhibition showcases performances, paintings, photography, installations, video art, and socially engaged participatory art and activism. The tour will move through the six chronological, thematic sections of the exhibition. Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is on view and available for tours November 10, 2018–February 24, 2019
    • Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice
      Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings

      Special Exhibition Tour
      Experience Northern California-based artist Wayne Thiebaud’s work as never before: featured alongside paintings by other artists carefully selected by Thiebaud from SFMOMA’s collection. The two side-by-side exhibitions are a wonderful way to look at Thiebaud’s own 50-year painting career, and to understand his deep and unique appreciation of other artists’ work. Discover the creative process behind his lush, richly hued paintings of cakes, cityscapes, and people, from first sketch to finished painting. Enjoy works from European Modernists Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, American painters Georgia O’Keefe and George Ault, and Thiebaud’s peers Richard Diebenkorn and John McLaughlin, and learn more about the artist’s decades-long relationship to SFMOMA, which he first visited as a young man in 1942. Wayne Thiebaud: Artist’s Choice is on view and available for tours September 29, 2018–March 10, 2019. Wayne Thiebaud: Paintings and Drawings is on view and available for tours September 29, 2018–March 10, 2019. *Limited availability, weekday afternoons and weekends only.
    • Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory
      Special Exhibition Tour
      Immerse yourself in over 140 subtle, exquisitely detailed works of imagery from oceans, night skies, and desert floors in this mesmerizing exhibition — the artist’s first North American retrospective in 25 years. Go in depth with Celmins’s work from the last five decades, including paintings, drawings in graphite and charcoal, and sculptures. Take in her technical mastery of gray tones and her fascinating photo-realistic drawings of the natural world that blur the line between abstraction and realism. Learn about Celmins’s journey as a young refugee to the U.S. and her emergence as one of the few female artists to be widely recognized during the 1960s. Exhibition highlights include galleries devoted to single bodies of work, from her ocean drawings to the night sky paintings. Also on view will be the extraordinary work from which the exhibition takes its name: To Fix the Image in Memory, an assortment of eleven stones that Celmins collected along the Rio Grande, then “re-described” immaculately in painted bronze. Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory is on view and available for tours December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019
    • The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism
      Special Exhibition Tour
      Take a closer look at this transformative development in Northern California, designed in the early 1960s by Bay Area architects and designers as an alternative to homogeneous suburban sprawl. See original sketches and drawings by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and architects Joseph Esherick and MLTW (Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull and Whitaker), large-scale supergraphics by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, and archival photographs. Experience typical Sea Ranch interior layout first-hand via a full-scale model of one residence. The Sea Ranch is recognized worldwide for its land stewardship, excellent architecture and unforgettable graphics. Don’t miss this fresh, timely look at a place where progressive ideals and design go hand in hand. The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism is on view and available for tours December 22, 2018–April 28, 2019, in the Architecture and Design Gallery on Floor 6

    Gallery Tour

    • 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 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.

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