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Bay Area Arts and Crafts Field Trips

These bay area fine arts and crafts field trip destinations have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or E-mail Homefires Editor. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.

Bay Area Arts and Crafts Field Trips

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-581-3500
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday; Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Closed Monday
Admission: $12/adult, $7/youth ages 12-17, free under age 12.
Free admission first Tuesday of every month.
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history.


Bay Area Glass Institute

401 E. Taylor Street, Suite 115, San Jose, CA
Voice Mail: 408-993-BAGI (2244)
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This non-profit organization exists to educate the public about glass art and glass blowing through exhibitions, demonstrations, and classes, and to assist the careers of Bay Area glass artists. Field trips to watch artists demonstrate the making of a vase from start to finish are available by appointment. Try to go when the weather is cool, otherwise the temps inside the studio get uncomfortably warm (due to the ovens). Contact BAGI for more info.


Blackhawk Museum

3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA
Phone: 925-736-2277
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $8.00/adults, $5.00/students, children under 6 free
Fine art that focuses on the automobile as its subject. This facility encompasses nearly 70,000 square feet with four exhibition galleries, an Automotive Reference Library & Museum Store. Educational lectures are scheduled each month along with rotating exhibits.


Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University Stanford

Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford, CA
Telephone: 650-723-4177, Educational Services & Group Tours: 650-723-3469
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Admission: Free!
Features Rodin sculpture garden. Tours available for groups of ten or more. The Center is fully accessible to people with disabilities.


Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Phone: 415-CAR-TOON (415-227-8666)
Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Closed Monday
Admission: $6.00/adult; $4.00/student; $2.00/children (ages 6-12), children 5 & under free
The first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish Day."
The history of cartoon art displayed in on-going and traveling exhibits.


Center for African & African American Art and Culture

762 Fulton Street, Suite #300, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-928-8546
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Call for event schedule, fees.
Promotes and supports African and African American art and culture.


Di Rosa Preserve - Art & Nature

5200 Carneros Highway 121, Napa, CA
Telephone: 707-226-5991
Gatehouse Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Winter Tours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., & 12 p.m.
Admission: $10 - Introductory Tour (1-hour)
Gatehouse: $3.00/general admission
Admission & tours free on Wednesdays
The Preserve contains the extensive di Rosa art collection featuring 1,000 pieces of contemporary San Francisco Bay Area art. 4 gallery buildings are set among gardens, vineyards, and a lake.


International Children's Art Museum

World Trade Center, Suite 103, (Ferry Building) San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-772-9977
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm.
Admission is free
A museum for adults as well as children, showcasing works by child artists from around the globe through the "Paintbrush Diplomacy" program. Drop-in art workshops every Saturday for kids. Call for schedule.


Legion of Honor

Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-750-3600
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Admission: $10/adults, $6.00/youth (ages 13-17), children under 12 free
First Tuesday of each month free.
Ancient and European art from 2500 B.C. through 20th century. Artists represented include: El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and Picasso. Leading collection of Rodin sculptures. Dramatic views of the Golden Gate and The City make this a must see. Admission tickets to the Legion of Honor may be used on the same day for free entrance to the de Young.


Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall Tours

201 Van Ness Avenue (at Franklin Street), San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-552-8338
Hours: Monday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the hour.
Admission: $5.00/general admission, $3.00/students
Docent-led tours include the Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, and Herbst Theater. Tours leave from the Grove Street entrance to the Symphony Hall.


M.H. De Young Memorial Museum

Golden Gate Park, 75 Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-750-3600 or 415-750-3658
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Admission: $10/adults, $6.00/youth (ages 13-17), children under 12 free
First Tuesday of each month free.
A diverse art museum boasting 22 galleries of American art from the 17th to the 20th century. Also has major traveling exhibitions. The "Education Room" is an ongoing installation for children & families with a computer station giving access to 70,000 prints, drawings, and photos in the Achenback Collection for Graphic Arts. Reading area with books about art for kids, and a table for activities and games designed to enhance a child's understanding of the works on view. Admission tickets to the de Young may be used on the same day for free entrance to the Legion of Honor.


Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)

538 Ninth Street, (between Washington & Clay, Oakland, CA
Telephone: 510-465-8770
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Gallery admission is always free; Classes, workshops, camps often charge a fee.
Kids can view, create, and exhibit art. Workshops, camps, field trips.


Museum Of Vintage Fashion

10 Lacassie Court, Walnut Creek, CA
Telephone: 925-944-1896.
Hours: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $6.00
Contains designer and historic fashions and complete accessories! Tours by advanced, pre-paid appointment. Minimum 5 people per tour, age restrictions apply. Call for details.


Napa Valley Museum

55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, CA
Telephone: 707-945-0500
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Closed Tuesday.
Admission Fee: $4.50/adults, $3.50/students, $2.50/children 7-17, Children under 7 free.
Museum concentrates on the culture, art and history of Napa Valley and its people. Ongoing exhibit: California Wine: The Science of an Art integrates science, agriculture, history, physiology and wine technology, in a multimedia program.


National Steinbeck Center

1 Main Street, Salinas, CA
Telephone: 831-775-4730
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10.95/adults, $8.95/students, $7.95/youth 13-17, $5.95/children 6-12, Children 5 and under admitted free.
Dedicated to the life and works of author John Steinbeck (Grapes of Wrath) the museum features a journey through 7 themed galleries of multi-sensory, interactive exhibits, plus ever-changing art and cultural exhibits. For all ages. Located in the heart of old-town Salinas, a 20-minute drive from Monterey.


Oakland Museum of California

1000 Oak Street, (at 10th Street), Oakland, CA
Telephone: 510-238-2914
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m.
First Friday of each month open until 9 p.m.
Admission Fee: $8.00/adults, $5.00/students, children under 6 are free.
Free admission the second Sunday of each month.
Houses major collections of California culture, history and art with an emphasis on environment and ecology. Public offerings include festivals, family programs, tours, symposia and lectures.


Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center

2981 24th Street, (at Harrison Studio) San Francisco, CA
Studio Location: 348 Precita Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-285-2287
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about mural history and muralists working in the Bay Area.
Walking, Bicycle, & Bus Tours for a fee. Call for fees & hours.


Renaissance Institute

Phone: 925-595-0626

Past-times Workshop is a program of the NorCal Renaissance Institute for the Renewal of Past arts and Artist, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing historical art, trade-craft, and culture education to the public. We offer programs year-round: full and half day programs at your school or meeting place, or full day programs at the English village on weekdays during the fall Renaissance Faire in Hollister.

Classroom teachers and Home School parents schedule a day at the renaissance English village to immerse students in firsthand learning workshops. The day's curriculum is tailored to each group's educational needs and is age-group appropriate. Children are taught in small groups no larger than 15 students of similar age.


San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum

51 Yerba Buena Road, (at Mission between Third & Fourth) San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-227-4888
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mon. & Major Holidays
Admission: $5.00/adults, Youth to age 18 free
Free admission to the Museum every Tuesday.
Contemporary craft and American folk art combine with traditional ethnic art from here and abroad.


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets), San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-357-4000
Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Fri. 11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.,
Closed Wednesday
Admission: $12.50/adult, $7.00/students, children age 12 and under free.
Free admission first Tuesday of every month.
SFMOMA offers an ever changing display of exhibits. Always something new to experience.


San Jose Museum of Art

110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA
Telephone: 408-521-5393
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm.
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/seniors. Group discounts available.
Guided tours, private camps, and off-site residencies available.
SJMA will connect art and life; work across cultural boundaries; and promote deeper awareness, enjoyment, and knowledge of modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design.


The Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center

One Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-281-0900
Hours: Daily 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Public exhibits of well-known, 20th century photo-journalism.


The Randall Museum

199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-554-9600
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All exhibits are closed on Sundays and Mondays
Admission: Free (Workshops are $4)
Changing exhibits, ongoing programs for kids and their families, Saturday workshops for kids. You can meet the animals, watch the animals eat, participate in arts and crafts including family ceramics classes.


Tannery Arts Center

Free tours for ages 9 and up Tuesday through Friday at 10am and 1:30pm. 1 week advance registration required. Hear about the history of leather tanning in Santa Cruz county and tour the leather tanning factory which was founded in 1840. Learn how leather gets from cow to coatrack. The factory is "dirty, loud, and stinky" according to the tour guide who says, "Kids love it!" Call 831-423-4470 to register and for address and directions.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Telephone: 415-978-2700
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, Friday - Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m.; Thursday noon - 8:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission: $7.00/adults, $5.00/students
Free First Tuesday each month.
This downtown arts complex presents visual and performing arts by artists who reflect America's many cultural communities.

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