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Visiting YBCA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a vibrant, vital place to visit to whether for a performance, taking in an exhibition, watching a film or participating in a social event.

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We are located in the heart of Yerba Buena, one of San Francisco's most dynamic, diverse and exciting neighborhoods. It is a major cultural hub for The City, featuring an amazing array of museums, galleries, and public art within strolling distance. Add to that world-class shopping, restaurants, entertainment, entrepreneurial energy and nightlife, all anchored by the beautiful urban oasis of Yerba Buena Gardens, we are proud to be at the center of it all.

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Box Office

Our Main Box Office is located at 701 Mission Street, in the Grand Lobby of the Galleries and Forum Building. Its hours are:

Sun, Tue & Wed: 12–6 PM
Thu–Sat: 12–8 PM
First Tuesdays of the month: 12–8 PM
Closed Mondays and major holidays

For events happening in the YBCA Theater, the Theater Box Office is open 90 minutes before the performance or event. (Prior to this time, you will want to visit our Main Box Office for Will Call or on-site ticket purchase.)

Gallery Hours

The YBCA Galleries are located at 701 Mission Street in the landmark Galleries and Forum Building. The regular hours are:

Wed: 12-6 PM 
Thu-Sat: 12-8 PM
Sun: 12-6 PM
First Tuesdays of the month: 12-8 PM (FREE admission)
Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Holiday Gallery Hours: Wed, Dec 24 & Wed, Dec 31, Noon - 4 PM
Closed Christmas and New Year's Day

Please see our Visual Arts information to see what is on view.

Gallery Admission

FREE to ticket-holders
Visiting the Galleries is FREE when you have your same-day ticket for a performance, screening or event at YBCA. Simply show your ticket to the associate at the Information Desk before entering.

Regular admission: $10
Discounted admission: $8
Discount applies to seniors, students and teachers, non-profit employees, and KQED members. You may also enjoy discounted admission by showing a transit pass or same-day transfer or a public library card.

FREE admission:
Free admission is granted to YBCA Members and YBCA:You participants, Go San Francisco card holders, children aged 5 and under, and military service members with ID.

Gallery Policies

Bag and Coat Check
For your safety and safety of the artwork, our staff will ask you to check your backpack or other large bags at our Information Desk in the Grand Lobby. You may also check coats, umbrellas or other items for your convenience while enjoying the Galleries.

Because of the variety of artists and works we present, photography restrictions change for each exhibition. Before using your camera, please consult our staff or observe gallery signage regarding the current exhibition's photo policy.

YBCA Theater

The YBCA Theater is located at 700 Howard Street, at the corner of Third Street. It is the main stage for YBCA performances, but it is also a popular venue for many Bay Area arts and cultural groups for high-quality productions. It is used often for private rentals as a premier space for presentations and events, sometimes with a world-wide audience.

Why are the doors locked?
The Theater is not typically open to the public except for scheduled events. Also, performances are often scheduled in the YBCA Forum, which is in the Galleries and Forum Building at 701 Mission. On foot, it is located behind the Theater, accessible through Yerba Buena Gardens.

The Theater Box Office opens 90 minutes before a performance; the lobby is closed at all other times. For advance ticket purchase or will call before that time, please visit the Main Box Office, also located in the Galleries and Forum Building.

Administrative Offices

Our business offices are located at 701 Mission Street, on the second floor of the Galleries and Forum Building. During normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM), you may enter the building from the public Grand Lobby.

For other business, including deliveries, after-hours meetings, etc. please use our loading dock entrance, located around the corner at 130 Third Street. Our security staff will buzz you in from the walk-in door.

Accessibility at YBCA

All YBCA buildings are wheelchair accessible (including accessible restroom facilities). Wheelchair seating is available in both performance venues and our Screening Room. Please let the Box Office know if you have a person using a wheelchair in your party when you order tickets.

Whenever possible, YBCA hangs art in accordance with recommendations from the American Disabilities Act. The YBCA Theater is equipped with special listenting-assistance devices for audience members who require them. Please request a headset from the theater coat check. Also, please inquire about scheduled ASL-interpreted performances by calling the YBCA Box Office at 415-978-2787.