Visit YBCA

YBCA is located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, across the street from SFMOMA and the Moscone Convention Center. The main entrance to our galleries and forum event space is at 701 Mission Street. The main entrance to our theater is 700 Howard Street.

Gallery Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11am – 6pm
Wednesday: 11am – 6pm
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Closed Mondays and major holidays. Galleries are subject to closure for private events and installations.

Public Spaces

Our Grand Lobby is open to the public and 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.


$10 Regular Admission

10% off Discounted admission for Seniors, Students and teachers, non­-profit employees, KQED members, Public transit riders, Library Card Holders

FREE for YBCA Members, same ­day film or performance ticket holders, children and youth 18 and under, military service members with ID

First Tuesdays of the month: Free admission.

Maps & Directions

YBCA is easily accessible by car, transit, bike, or on foot.

Our Venues

Box Office 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 Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA, 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:


  • Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the Info Desk for details.
  • We offer large print guides for exhibitions.
  • Sign language interpretation for YBCA programs is available with 3 weeks notice.
  • Admission is free for one caregiver accompanying a visitor with accessibility needs.
  • We allow breastfeeding and bottle-feeding in all public spaces.
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all amplified performances.
  • All YBCA public entrances are accessible. At the Theater, both the North and South doors have electric push-button doors. At the Gallery Forum Building, both the 701 Mission St and Garden Esplanade entrances have electric push-button doors.
  • Elevators service both buildings.
  • Accessible seating is available in both the Theater and Forum for events and performances. When purchasing tickets for performances with assigned seating, please select one of the designated seats.

We welcome questions and suggestions! Please contact us at:


Group tours are an engaging way to connect more deeply with YBCA’s exhibitions, led by YBCA’s highly trained Gallery Guides.

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Public Art

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has a long tradition of making use of its publicly-viewable spaces by commissioning works from a wide range of artists. Two large-scale installations are on display in the field:

The Lounge

YBCA’s flexible-use space for up to 40 people. Available to community groups and non-profit organizations, The Lounge provides an inviting space (ADA compliant) for meetings and events complete with free wi-fi, a whiteboard, and a 40” video monitor.

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Venue Rentals

With our fexible spaces, beautiful settings, and prime location in the heart of San Francisco’s most dynamic district, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the ideal venue for a wide variety of events from receptions to presentations to multi-day conferences.

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