Plan Your Visit

  • Photo by Noriko Slusser

    Tips for a great visit

    Tip 1: Questions?
    Please ask our Museum Experience Rep in the lobby or in the galleries.

    Tip 2: Please do not touch the artwork.

    Tip 3: Food and drink are available in the Museum Café.
    Please consume outside of the galleries.

    Tip 4: Share your photos with us! Photography is permitted in most galleries (no flash, please)

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    Tip 5: Join and support!
    On your way out, you can apply the price of your admission ticket toward a membership. Members receive unlimited free admission; invitations to special events; newsletters; discounts to programs and in the Museum Store and Café; and much more while supporting Silicon Valley's visual arts and arts education. Join us today!

    Tip 6: Accessibility equipment is available at the admissions desk.

    Tip 7: Be on the lookout for QR codes while onsite to access Museum information available digitally from the convenience of your mobile device.

    Public tours

    Free Docent-led public tours of exhibitions are offered Thursday at 5pm and Friday–Sunday at 1 and 2:30pm. All visitors are welcome to drop in on these tours, which meet in the Museum lobby. To arrange a special time for an adult group tour of 15 or more, please call 408.291.5393 at least three weeks in advance. Please see "Group Visits" for more information.

    In addition to joining free docent-led tours, you are invited to participate in art-making activities in the galleries. We have paper, pencils, and clipboards available for your use. Just ask about these supplies at the SJMA Admission Desk.

    Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge. Click here for complete information about Accessibility.

    Group Visits

    SJMA is pleased to offer free individual admission for youth 17 years and under, college students, and teachers with valid ID. Masks are required for everyone participating in a group tour at SJMA.

    Any group of 10 or more K–12 students or 15 adults is considered a group tour. Private youth, adult, and college group tours require an additional fee and must be booked in advance. Drop-in groups may be asked to visit at another time due to Museum security and capacity policies. For questions regarding our group tour policy please visit or contact our education program coordinator at

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    Photography policy

    Visitors are permitted to take non-flash snapshots for their personal use only in permanent collection galleries. Photos of the Museum’s architecture and public spaces such as the lobby and café are also permitted.

    Photography of any kind is not permitted in special exhibitions unless otherwise noted.

    Please comply with any posted signs or staff instructions regarding photography.

    Professional equipment such as tripods, external lighting, and large detachable lenses are not permitted. Reproduction of works of art in print or in digital media (including audio and video), beyond reasonable sharing via personal social media, is not permitted. Under no circumstances may photos of works of art taken at SJMA be sold in any format, including digital format, without express written permission of the copyright holder (which may include the artist, artist’s heirs, or other parties).

    Photo Policy

    San José Museum of Art (SJMA) may photograph, film, or videotape visitors for educational and promotional purposes. By visiting SJMA, you consent to the use of your likeness, voice, or video image for these purposes.