Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in the city of San Francisco. The permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums, with about 150,000 objects, is organized into nine areas, each with a curatorial staff.[citation needed]

The de Young Museum, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


Unlike most other major art museums, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco do not have a large endowment from which to draw. The museums operate on an annual budget funded by membership dues, ticket sales, donations (from philanthropy and grants) and purchases in its stores.[1] They are run in a private-public partnership with the city of San Francisco, which owns the two museum buildings and covers about 23 percent of their operating expenses by providing security guards and paying insurance premiums. In 2016, the two museums drew a combined 1,402,000 visitors.[2] FAMSF operates on an annual budget of around $55 million dollars.[3]

The de Young’s Artist Studio is an artist-in-residency program to encourage arts community engagement and support emerging artists and since 2010 is part of the Cultural Encounters initiative.[4]

In 2012, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Louvre museum signed an agreement that provides for collaborative exhibitions and the sharing of art works. The agreement has a duration of five years. It creates a partnership to promote short- and long-term loans art works that allow the works to be seen in both cities, joint publications, art conservation projects and educational programs.[5]

Thomas P. Campbell became director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on November 1, 2018, replacing the role previously held by Max Hollein.[6][7]


  1. ^ Geoffrey A. Fowler (August 4, 2011), "Museum Invests in Crowd-Pleasers", Wall Street Journal
  2. ^ ""Visitor Figures 2016"" (PDF). The Art Newspaper Review. April 2017. p. 14. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Whiting, Sam (October 7, 2015). "The de Young at 10: How a crumbling museum became a masterpiece". SFGate. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "Txutxo Perez is artist-in-residence at the de Young". Mountain Democrat. October 27, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  5. ^ Allan Kozinn (November 15, 2012), "Louvre and San Francisco Museums Sign Pact", The New York Times
  6. ^ Mervosh, Sarah (October 30, 2018). "Thomas Campbell, Ex-Director of the Met, Is Hired to Lead San Francisco Museums". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "In a Museum-World Switcheroo, Former Met Director Thomas Campbell Will Head the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco". artnet News. October 30, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2020.

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