Patrons with disabilities that prevent them from visiting the de Young in person can now visit the museum remotely with the use of a computer with a camera and a Wi-Fi connection. The new Beam Tour program uses an ambulatory device known as Beam and allows for an independent and interactive experience. The device’s sensitive lenses allow the offsite visitor to see the art in high resolution, while its microphone, screen, and speakers enable interaction in real time with guides or friends in the museum.
In spring 2015, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will unveil Voices: FAMSF, a unique location-sensitive and customizable app. This interpretive tool allows users to co-create content and engage in conversations about art and will be available free of charge at online app stores. Voices: FAMSF delivers an immersive soundscape that weaves a musical soundtrack with multiple voices offering responses to 21 outdoor sculptures and architectural details at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor.
The de Young mobile app is the key companion for your visit to the museum. The app features an innovative map of the building that pinpoints your location and highlights selected artworks as well as museum amenities. Exclusive content allows you to hear the de Young’s curators tell the stories behind some of the museum’s most fascinating works of art.
"The de Young's new mobile app is like a private tour with a curator..."—7x7
Get the most from your visit with the de Young mobile app, offering fascinating insights from the museum’s curators and an easily navigated map to help you see more of the collections.
The Beam Tour program allows visitors with disabilities to visit the de Young remotely with the use of a computer with a camera and a Wi-Fi connection. What differentiates this particular program from our standard audio tour or an online virtual tour is that the technology, an ambulatory device known as Beam, provided to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco generously by its maker, Suitable Technologies, allows for an independent and interactive experience.
Bay Area cultural institutions are teaming up to host Member for a Day on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Present your membership card for two free admissions per membership at each location; some restrictions apply. Check with each location for open hours and a listing of exhibitions on view. Members can enjoy reciprocal admission at these participating institutions:
Tune in November 8 from 10:30 am–12:30 pm and 1:45–3:30 pm to view the live stream of the Keith Haring Symposium, below.
Introduction by Colin B. Bailey, director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Dieter Buchhart, exhibition curator
11:30 am–12:15 pm
Jane Dickson, artist, teacher, and friend of Keith Haring
Enjoy the festivities of Friday Nights at the de Young with a pre-reserved spot on a docent led tour of Keith Haring: The Political Line. Package includes the tour, an exhibition ticket, and a complimentary beverage (choice of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic selection). Tours begin promptly at 7 pm. Coupons and other discounts do not apply.
The Bay Area welcomes spring each year with this popular weeklong exhibition featuring unique art and floral mash-ups where floral designers create arrangements that pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the works in the de Young’s permanent collections. Throughout the week, visitors can participate in floral demonstrations by prominent designers, hands-on art activities for children, catered luncheons, and a raffle.
Diane B. Wilsey
Exhibit and Floral Fashions Partner
Honorary Gala Chair
Lorna Meyer Calas
Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. Additional support is provided by Sun Valley Floral Farms, Dodge and Cox, Burberry, Belvedere-Tiburon Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, East Bay Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, Hillsborough Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums and the Ross Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.
Sean Scully, Wall of Light Horizon, 2005. Oil on canvas. FAMSF, museum purchase, gift of Nan Tucker McEvoy, 2007.2a-b. Floral design by The Tompkison Group. Photograph © Greg A. Lato / latoga photography