San Francisco, California 94118
We'd love it if you would mention that you found de Young Museum on the Here Comes The Guide website.
Why We Like This Place
For an event as captivating as a work of art, the de Young Museum is unquestionably the right venue. Founded in 1895 and situated in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the completely redesigned museum has been transformed into an ultra-cool contemporary frame for fine art and outstanding functions.
Entrance is through the courtyard installation by famed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. An invitingly lit lobby, featuring Italian stone floors and Ruth Asawa sculptures, is a fitting place to greet guests with champagne before whisking them up nine stories to the Hamon Observation Tower. Here, surrounded by walls of glass, delighted celebrants can savor cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music. While mingling, they'll admire unimpeded 360-degree panoramic views of San Francisco's downtown skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, the sparkling Pacific, and Golden Gate Park.
Your guests will also be impressed by the spectacular architecture of the concourse-level event spaces and galleries. The walls soar two stories high in dramatic Wilsey Court, a perfect fit for an über-elegant wedding reception, dinner dance or upscale corporate affair. Designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, its inspired use of angles, openness and art gives the space a fluid vitality. A grand staircase to the upper galleries is ideal for regal entrances and photo ops. And don't forget that you can include the de Young's magnificent exhibitions, if you choose. The adjacent Piazzoni Murals Room, with burnished Italian landscapes adorning its walls, can serve as a special lounge, a separate bar and entertainment area, or an exclusive private chamber for more intimate gatherings.
But why stop there? For an artsy vibe with a whimsical twist, take your party to the de Young Café, de Young Terrace, and Barbro Osher Sculpture Garden, which can be used separately or in combination. Have your ceremony on the broad sculpture garden lawn amid playful artworks and fanciful landscaping, host cocktails on the adjacent terrace, then dine and dance in the café. One of the museum's most popular event spaces, it transforms to suit your mood: casual, formal, festive or even sultry. Striking touches like the colorful hand-blown glass lamps suspended overhead remind you that no matter where you go in the de Young art is everywhere, contributing a dynamic dimension to your celebration.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 400
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
- Max. Seated Indoors: 400
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 550
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 2500
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 1000
- Max. Seated: 400
CEREMONY & MEETING CAPACITY: Indoors, spaces hold up to 400 seated guests. Outdoors, the Garden seats up to 200 for a ceremony.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, spaces hold up to 400 seated or 2,500 standing guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
50% of the rental fee is due at the time of booking. The rental fee starts at $5,000 and varies depending on the space reserved.
Special Events, Parties
Services/AmenitiesCatering: select from preferred list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride's & Groom's Dressing Areas: no
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: valet or public garage
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: access only
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: park, garden, pond, cityscape
Other: event coordination
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Alternate Info: De Young Museum, DeYoung Museum