Visiting YBCA

Due to the unhealthy air quality throughout the Bay Area, YBCA galleries will be open and free for everyone Friday through Sunday in order to provide our community with a bit of respite from the smoke. See what’s on view

Our Location

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located in downtown San Francisco, just steps from Yerba Buena Gardens, Moscone Convention Center, and SFMOMA. Comprised of two architecturally significant buildings linked by a pedestrian plaza, our campus sits at the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural district.

The Gallery & Forum Building entrance is at 701 Mission Street. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, it houses YBCA’s visual art galleries, forum event space, film screening room, visitor services desk, and administrative offices.

The YBCA Theater entrance is at 700 Howard Street. Designed by James Polshek and Todd Schliemann, it houses YBCA’s world-class stage as well as production offices.


Gallery Hours

Tues, Wed, Fri-Sun: 11AM–6PM
Thurs: 11AM–8PM
Mon: Closed

Galleries are closed on major holidays and are subject to closure for exhibition installations or private events.

Gallery Admission

$10 — General Admission
10% off — Students, Teachers, Seniors, Non-Profit Workers, Military Personnel, Public Transportation Riders, and Library Card Holders.


The following enjoy free gallery admission:

  • YBCA Members of all levels
  • Performance and film ticket holders receive free same-day admission
  • Children under 5
  • First Tuesday of the month—free to the public.
Public Space

Starting June 17: Our Third Street Courtyard is open for the summer! Enjoy sunshine, free wi-fi, city views, and direct gallery access from this elevated outdoor plaza. This space is free and open to the public. Enter through the gate on Mission Street, just east of Third Street. ADA entrance is at 701 Mission Street. Hours coincide with gallery hours.

Our Grand Lobby opens at 10AM Mon–Fri and 11AM Sat–Sun. Closing times coincide with gallery hours. Located at 701 Mission Street, the lobby offers free wi-fi, communal seating, and expansive views of Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Box Office and Visitor Services

YBCA’s Visitor Services desk is located in the Grand Lobby of the Gallery & Forum Building.

Tickets to all YBCA-curated programs may be purchased from the Visitor Services desk, which also serves as the box office. Visitor Services’ hours coincide with gallery hours, as well as those of scheduled performances, film screenings, and special events.

For events taking place in the YBCA Theater, the theater box office in the lobby of 700 Howard Street opens 90 minutes prior to the scheduled program. At all other times, please visit the Visitor Services desk in the Gallery & Forum building for assistance.

For questions regarding tickets, please call 415-978-2787 during gallery hours, or email us at

Getting to YBCA
YBCA is easily accessible by car, transit, bike, or on foot.
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Group Tours

Group tours are an engaging way to connect more deeply with YBCA’s exhibitions. All tours are approximately one hour in length, and are led by YBCA’s highly trained gallery guides.

Tour Availability

Group tours are offered from 11am-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, and from 11am-7pm on Thursdays. Tours may be booked outside of these hours, but are subject to additional fees. Advance reservations are required for all group tours. Please book your tour a minimum of two weeks in advance of your desired tour date.

Tour Pricing

Adults: $15 per person
YBCA Members: $12 per person (booking Member must be present)
CA public school students (K–12): FREE (ID required)
All other students: $9 per person (ID required)

Group tour prices are good for up to 20 people, and require a minimum party size of 5 people. Prices always include general gallery admission. Groups may pay in advance by credit card or check. No refunds will be issued if the tour size changes after payment is received. A fee of $50 will be applied to tour cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time.

To learn more, or to book your group tour, please email