The de Young Museum Reopens with Calder-Picasso, Free Saturdays, and Free Admission for Essential workers

Mar 2, 2021

Photograph of mobile on display with two paintings

Installation view of “Calder-Picasso” at the de Young museum. Photography by Gary Sexton. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the “Museums”) announce the reopening of the de Young museum on Saturday, March 6, following their temporary closure under the shelter-in-place order mandated by the City of San Francisco.

“We are delighted to be able to reopen the doors of the de Young museum; offering rich and varied art in spacious galleries in the green haven of Golden Gate Park,” states Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Premiering Calder-Picasso, we welcome Bay Area audiences to visit us this spring to enjoy this beautiful and thought-provoking dialogue between the works of two of the most influential artists of the 20th century.”

Calder-Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and other experiences at the de Young
The de Young is reopening with the US debut of Calder-Picasso, which explores the works of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition presents a wealth of iconic mobiles, stabiles, standing mobiles, paintings, prints, and drawings by Calder, juxtaposed with major paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Picasso, and is on view through May 23, 2021. Please make advance reservations to visit at

The popular Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving has been extended through May 2, 2021. The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into Frida Kahlo’s life through a treasure trove of clothes and personal items found in her home, La Casa Azul, upon her death; a series of painted self-portraits; and an abundance of photography.

In recognition of members’ continued dedication to and support of the Museums, the de Young will offer member preview hours for Calder-Picasso and Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving on March 4 and 5 with advance timed reservation. Members of the Museums may also enjoy exclusive access to Calder-Picasso and Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving every Wednesday throughout both exhibitions, with advance timed reservation.

Nampeyo and the Sikyátki Revival, a new exhibition opening at the de Young, celebrates the artistic ingenuity of Nampeyo, famed Tewa-Hopi potter of the American Southwest. Drawn from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, exquisite ceramics made by ancestral Hopi artists demonstrate Nampeyo’s sources of inspiration, and artworks by four generations of her descendants attest to the master potter’s enduring legacy.

Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, an exhibition that explores the increasing human dependence on artificial intelligence, is on view through June 2021.

The Museums’ full 2021 exhibitions program with dates can be found here.

The de Young is also offering visitors a chance to experience its vast and varied permanent collection of American art as well as arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, among other holdings on view.

The de Young Museum Store is open to visitors at the museum and online. The de Young cafe will be open for limited indoor and outdoor dining.

From reopening through December 31, 2021, the Museums are offering free general admission for essential workers, who also receive a $15 discount on tickets to special exhibitions.*

Continuing the popular Free Saturdays program, general admission to the de Young museum is free every Saturday for all residents of the Bay Area starting on Saturday March 6 (advance reservation required, due to current city capacity limits, space will be limited). The Free Saturdays initiative was originally launched in spring 2019, to expand access to the Museums’ collections for all residents of San Francisco. In its first year it expanded to include residents of the entire Bay Area and in total welcomed almost 80,000 visitors.

Strict Health and Safety Measures
Rigorous measures based on city guidelines** are being taken to ensure a safe environment for visitors and staff. Visitor capacity to the de Young has been reduced to 25 percent, and the Museums encourage visitors to book tickets online in advance. Both general admission and special-exhibition tickets provide an invitation to access the de Young on a timed entry basis.* The duration of visits is not limited, and, upon entry, visitors are welcome to explore the de Young museum at their leisure.

Visits are self-guided, with further access to exhibition information, artwork information, museum maps, and audio guides via each visitor’s personal mobile device. To encourage curiosity, Discovery Guides to the collections are available at the Information Desk.

Face coverings are required for staff and adult visitors at all times on museum premises. Cleaning routines have been increased, and sanitizing stations are available throughout the de Young. The Hamon Tower observation level, de Youngsters Studio, Coat Check, and other areas where proper social distancing cannot be guaranteed will stay closed for the time being.

More information on the rigorous health and safety measures implemented at the de Young museum, plus detailed visitor guidelines, can be found here.

On-site public programs have been canceled through July 2021. A range of programs are available online on the de Young website as well as the de Young’s Facebook and Instagram.

* The free admission and special-exhibition discount for essential workers is redeemable for ticket purchases in person at the de Young museum only. Please find more information here.

** The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Health and Safety Plan outlines the steps the Museums have taken for reopening in accordance with the City and County of San Francisco Guidance and Plan Template for Indoor Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums.

Ticket and Visitor Information
de Young: To purchase tickets, please visit starting March 5. 800.777.9996 (24/7 member support) \ 888.901.6645 (24/7 general-public support)

Golden Gate Park \ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

John F. Kennedy Drive is currently closed to vehicular traffic from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive. Paid parking is available in the Music Concourse Garage, which may be accessed from the Fulton Street and 10th Avenue entrance. For information on public transportation, please visit SFMTA.

The Legion of Honor will reopen to the public in spring 2021. Up-to-date information can be found at

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor museum in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park and was established as the Memorial Museum in 1895. It was later renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, who spearheaded its creation. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in 2005. Reflecting an active conversation among cultures, perspectives, and time periods, the collections on view include American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art.

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