Planning your visit to the de Young 

Ticket information, related programming and more.


Tickets to Birth of Impressionism are timed and dated.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your ticketed time to join the appropriate queue for your ticket time.  Once inside the exhibition, you may stay for as long as you like during exhibition hours.  The average length of a self-guided visit to the exhibition is 90 minutes.  Tickets do not allow reentry.

Your ticket to Birth of Impressionism also includes admission to the de Young’s permanent collection galleries during regular museum hours and admission to the Legion of Honor and its special exhibition, Impressionist Paris:  City of Light, on the same day as your visit to the de Young.

Exhibition and Museum Hours

Birth of Impressionism opens at the de Young on Saturday, May 22 and runs through
Monday, Sept. 6, 2010. Please note that hours for the de Young’s permanent collection may not mirror the hours of the special exhibition.

Birth of Impressionism hours

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays:9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. (last ticket: 4 p.m.)
  • Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. (last ticket: 7:30 p.m.)
  • Closed Mondays except Memorial Day (May 31) and Labor Day (Sept. 6)

de Young permanent collection hours

  • Tuesdays-Sundays:  9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
  • Closed Mondays


Impressionism at twilight on Thursday Nights

Join us Thursday evenings June 17-Sept. 2 from 4:30 to 8:45 p.m. for reduced admission, extended exhibition viewing hours, a prix fixe French-inspired menu in the café and sunset views from the Museum Tower’s ninth-floor observation deck.

Hotel Partners

The de Young is partnering with multiple San Francisco hotels to offer a variety of exciting Birth of Impressionism room packages that include VIP tickets and other special amenities. Please visit the de Young website for specific details.

Directions to the de Young

The de Young is located in Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive at John F. Kennedy Drive. The park is easily accessible from all parts of the Bay Area via public transportation, bicycle or vehicle. For specific directions and transit information, consult the museum’s website:


Paid parking for cars and bicycles is available in the Music Concourse Garage, which is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Entry to the garage is on Fulton Street at 10th Avenue.  Due to the popularity of this exhibition and the California Academy of Sciences, the garage will fill to capacity early in the day.
Limited street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods and on John F. Kennedy Drive behind the museum. This street is closed to traffic on Sundays and certain Saturdays.


The de Young and Birth of Impressionism are accessible for disabled visitors. In addition to visiting with the general public, people with disabilities have the option of visiting on our scheduled Access Day, July 19.  For more information and reservations, please call (415) 750-7645 or e-mail

Public Transportation

With easy connections from the Ferry Building, BART, Caltrain and regional transit stops, Muni’s 44, 5 and N-Judah lines provide convenient bus and light-rail service to the park from throughout The City. 

Free bicycle parking is available in racks outside the museum and inside the Music Concourse Garage.  Additional transportation information is available on the museum’s website.

Ticket prices

  Advance purchase Day of visit
Member Free Free
Adult $20 $25
Senior 65+ $17 $22
College student (with ID) $16 $21
Youth 6-17 $10 $15
Child 5 & under Free Free
Adult group (10 or more, Monday-Friday) $16 n/a
K-12 school group $8 n/a
College group $10 n/a


To Purchase Tickets

Group Visits

For K-12 or college school groups or groups of 10 or more adults:


Enjoying Your Visit

  • Please enter the de Young through the main entrance as the museum’s garage entrance will be for exit only. There will be limited access through the garage-level entrance for visitors with disabilities.
  • All bags are subject to inspection upon entering the museum. Complimentary parcel check is located on the de Young’s lower level.
  • No food or drink is permitted inside the exhibition.
  • Photography, videography, camera phone photography, sketching and painting are not permitted inside the exhibition.
  • Strollers, baby-carrying backpacks and large backpacks are not allowed inside the exhibition. Please plan to check them. Soft, front-pack infant carriers are permitted.
  • Restrooms are located on every level of the de Young. Baby changing stations are located within the accessible stalls. A family restroom is available on the lower level. There are no restrooms inside the exhibition.


The de Young Café

The de Young Café features a variety of snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Please note that the de Young Café does not accept reservations.

Café hours

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Fridays: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.


Museum Store

An exhibition store accompanies Birth of Impressionism and offers a range of exhibition-themed merchandise, the illustrated exhibition catalogue and a variety of exclusive gifts and products from France.

Audio Tours

An audio tour of the exhibition in English is available for rental during your visit. Audio tours are $7 (adults) and $6 (museum members and children 12 and under).

Docent Tours

A limited number of early-morning private docent tours are available for groups. For reservations, please call (415) 750-3620 or e-mail


A First Republic ATM is located just inside the garage entrance to the de Young on the lower level of the museum.

Real-time Updates on Twitter and Facebook

Check the de Young’s Twitter feed for real-time information on ticketing and parking at
Become a member of the museum’s Facebook fan group at

Related programming at the de Young

Please check the de Young’s website at Some events require tickets.

Friday, May 21 ∙ 7 p.m.
Friday Nights at the de Young: Lecture on Birth of Impressionism, Dr. Lynn Federle Orr, curator of Birth of Impressionism

Saturday, May 22 ∙ 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Symposium: Against the Grain:  California Scholars Look at Impressionism, moderated by Dr. Rick Brettell, international authority on French Impressionism and featuring an introduction by Guy Cogeval, president of the Musée d’Orsay.

Thursday, May 27 ∙ 10 a.m.
Film: Rosamund Bernier Lectures at the Met: “French Impressionism: The Cast of Characters” and “Modern Art and Modern Manners”

Friday, June 18 ∙ 6-8:45 p.m.
Friday Nights at the de Young and Alliance Français present “Fête de La Musique”

Wednesday, July 14
ArtPoint, the young professionals group of the Fine Arts Museums, presents “Vive la France,” a Bastille Day celebration.  For tickets and more information:

Friday, July 16 ∙ 6-8:45 pm
Friday Nights at the de Young and Alliance Français celebrate Bastille Day

Monday, July 19 ∙ By appointment
Access Day for disabled visitors

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