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First-Timer's Guide

Visiting art museums can seem intimidating to some first-time visitors, but we want you to feel welcome. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about art, museums, and the Legion of Honor, intended to help make your first visit a pleasant and memorable experience.



Visitor FAQ

Looking for more information about the de Young prior to your visit? Take a look at frequently asked questions below.


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Houghton Hall Tours & Opportunities

Learn More About Groups at the de Young

Interested in booking groups for Houghton Hall, or other exhibition at the museum? Learn more.

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Check out our Visitor Info for Houghton Hall.

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Apply the value of your Houghton Hall ticket toward a membership after viewing the exhibition or join now to gain additional member-only benefits! Membership offer not valid for group tours. Learn more.

Images: L: A view of the West Steps through the windows of the Picture Gallery at Houghton Hall. Photo: James Merrell. R:  Cabinet at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England. Photo: Nick McCann


Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking

Rosekrans Court, Special Exhibition Galleries 20B-C
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Montres Breguet.

Breguet subscription watch

Abraham-Louis Breguet and Antoine-Louis Breguet, subscription watch, sold in 1798. Silver case with gold fillets, enamel dial, and ruby cylinder escapement, diameter: 2 3/8 in. (6.2 cm). Collection Montres Breguet S.A.

Breguet, Small (médaillon) subscription watch, sold 1806

Houghton Hall Reading List

Robert Walpole’s library at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England. Photo: Nick McCann

Dive deeper into English country life with a specially designed reading list for visitors of all ages, provided by the San Francisco Public Library.

For kids (ages 8-12) who want to read stories about life in an English country house:

• Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
• The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place:The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
• The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
• The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 


Members-Only 20%-Off Sale

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November 7, 2014 - 9:30amNovember 9, 2014 - 5:15pm

Friday, November 7, through Sunday, November 9, 2014

Three days only! Double your member discount on all regularly priced merchandise at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores and online at shop.famsf.org.

In-stock items only. Current membership required.

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Legion of Honor

High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. Located in Lincoln Park, this unique art museum is one of the great treasures in a city that boasts many riches. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building.

In 1915 Alma Spreckels fell in love with the French Pavilion at San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition.



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