Visiting YBCA

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.
  • Third Thursday of the month—Free to the public from 4–8PM.
Public Space

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.

Our Third Street Courtyard is free and open to the public. Enjoy sunshine, free wi-fi, and city views from this elevated outdoor plaza. Enter through the gate on Mission Street, just east of Third Street. ADA entrance is at 701 Mission Street. Hours coincide with gallery hours.

The Annex is YBCA’s flexible-use space for up to 30 people. Available to community groups and non-profit organizations, The Annex provides an inviting space (ADA compliant) for meetings and events complete with free wifi, whiteboards, and a 40” video monitor. Learn more »

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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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Gallery Tours

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

Exhibition Tours

Saturdays, 2PM
Free w/ Gallery Admission

Join us for an introductory tour through our current exhibitions, providing background information, insider details, and more.

Private Group Tours

Available by appointment
Private tours are available for groups of 5–20 people. Prices include gallery admission. Advanced reservations are required.