Discover 4,000 years of ancient and European art at the Legion of Honor, one of San Francisco's most striking museums.

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October 30, 2020

What to Expect When Visiting the Legion of Honor

Way out on the edge of San Francisco sits one of its most striking buildings: the Legion of Honor. Built in memory of the Californian soldiers who perished in World War I, this museum holds 4,000 years worth of ancient and European art. It has also played host to popular traveling exhibitions, showcasing the works of creators as varied as Gustav Klimt and Alexander McQueen. Newly reopened to the public, the Legion of Honor is ready to welcome you back. Here's what you need to know to plan your visit.

Book Your Timed Tickets In Advance

The Legion of Honor now requires timed tickets for every visitor. All tickets are timed to allow for a comfortable and uncrowded gallery experience. Museum capacity has been limited to 25% of total building capacity for your safety. 

Visitors with a general admission ticket must enter the building within 90 minutes of the time indicated on their ticket. Entrance will not be permitted earlier than 90 minutes before or more than 90 minutes after the indicated time.

At the moment, tickets will be released in 30-day increments. To ensure your preferred date and time, reserve your tickets in advance online.

Health & Safety Measures

Per city regulations, a face covering must be worn at all times while you are in the museum. Face coverings must also be worn when engaging with museum staff. Those with a medical condition that prevents them from doing so are exempt.

Please follow directional signage and instructions of museum staff while inside the museum. 

Kindly observe a minimum of six feet of social distance between you and other visitors and museum staff during your visit.

All bathrooms and sinks are open and prepared for increased hand-washing. For ease of access, hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the museum.

Amenities Available to Visitors

Audio tours for special exhibitions and the permanent collections are available for download. To purchase an audio tour to enjoy on your personal device, visit tickets.famsf.org. Tours are $7 for members and $8 for non-members. Please bring your own device and headphones. Wireless earbuds are also available for purchase at the Museum Store, which will be open with safety protocols in place for a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.

The Legion of Honor cafe remains closed until further notice. Water fountains will also be closed.

The Coat Check is also closed until further notice.

Special Exhibitions and Offers

Every Saturday, general admission is free for residents of the nine Bay Area counties with a valid photo ID or postmarked envelope bearing their home address.

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