Visiting an art gallery is a fun, interesting, relaxing and enriching experience.
The National Gallery is free to all visitors and tickets or passes are not required.
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Gallery is easily accessible on foot, and by public transport.
Tuesday – Sunday
10am – 6pm
Conditions of entry
While within the Gallery you must not engage in dangerous or inappropriate behavior, illegal acts or infringe the rights of any other person. No visitor is allowed to create any activity that could be described as a performance, a show or a happening, make a declaration or speech, create a media event or photo opportunity on Gallery property or give tours of the exhibitions without prior approval from Gallery authorities. If you fail to comply, you may be asked to leave or you may be removed from the premises. Please help us preserve your museum’s collection and don’t touch the works of art.
To avoid damaging works of art, visitors should stand at least one arm’s length away from all paintings, sculptures, installation pieces and display cases. We understand that visitors like to get close to artworks to see brush strokes, signatures etc, and to point out things to their friends. However, the works and their frames are fragile and, in most cases, irreplaceable. We ask visitors to respect this and keep a safe distance. Wet brollies can increase humidity in the galleries and ultimately damage works. Used for pointing, they have also been known, however unintentionally, to cause damage. Furthermore, high light levels can bleach or fade artworks.
You will see a “No Photo” symbol close to the artwork’s label or a “No Photo” sign at the entrance to the exhibition, in such a case, you cannot photograph the work of art. You are not allowed to take a photograph of an artwork identified with a “No Photo” symbol.
Items where any one side is longer than 30cm, such as bags, backpacks, umbrellas, baby backpack carries, tripods and monopods are not permitted. Food and drink are not permitted. Touching of art work is not permitted. Cellular phones may not be used in the exhibition galleries. We ask that you turn the ring tone off. Drawing is permitted in the galleries with pencil only (erasers are not permitted). You may be asked to stop if the galleries are too crowded.
If you keep these basic tips in mind then everyone will have an enjoyable visit!