MOAD provides discussion-based, interactive tours of our museum to over 7,500 visitors a year. Tours are led by experienced tour guides who are trained to facilitate active conversations and encourage critical thinking skills. Tours include both the Permanent Exhibition as well as our Current Exhibition. This exhibition changes a few times a year so please check the website for more information about what is currently on view. Each tour is tailored to the ages of the visitors and includes age-appropriate interactive materials.
Guided tours are regularly offered on Wednesday-Saturday at 11:30 and 12:30. We may be able to offer earlier or later tours on select days. Please visit our online scheduling calendar for more information on available days and times, or to schedule your tour. Tours are approximately one hour in length so please arrive on time to ensure that your group receives the full tour experience.
The museum can accommodate tour requests for groups with a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 30. For K-8 school/youth groups, we require a minimum of 1 chaperone per 10 students. Chaperones may be asked to assist and or support students during the tour.
Group Tour Rates
Groups of 10 or more persons are eligible for a discounted admission. Group rates are per person and as follows:
College Students (with valid school ID)
School Groups (K-12)
School Group Chaperones
MoAD in the Classroom
Make MoAD a part of your classroom this school year! MIC is the Museum of the African Diaspora’s new literacy-based, multiple field trip program for Elementary-age classrooms. This package includes an initial meeting with the classroom teacher, two field trips to MoAD, and two visits to the partner classroom by a MoAD Educator. In addition, MoAD will provide accompanying a curriculum packet including a set of Nigerian children’s books and museum badges for every student.
MIC is offered to Elementary classrooms throughout the school year. The rate for this program is $275 for classrooms of 15-32 students.
Please allow for at least 7 days advance notice for all tour requests. Within three days of submitting your request online, you will receive an email from the MOAD education department confirming the details of your tour. If you need further assistance, please email or call 415-358-7218.
It would be helpful to provide a cell phone number for the day of the tour should it be necessary to make contact regarding last minute updates and or special needs.
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy. If cancellation occurs less than 48 hours you may not be able to reschedule for a period of three months.
How To Prepare For Your Visit (For Educators)
First, visit the Museum yourself. In doing so you will be able to easily make connections to subjects covered within the exhibitions. If visiting the Museum is not possible, our website contains resources related to all of our exhibitions. Additionally, some of our Current Exhibitions have related MoAD curriculum guides which are in alignment with the State of California Content Standards.
The Day of Your Visit
Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour. Guide your group directly across the street from the Museum where they can view the “Face of MoAD” — a two-story tall photograph of a young girl in Ghana, taken by the acclaimed portrait photographer Chester Higgins Jr. More information about the Face of MoAD can be found in the online MoAD Salon.
When your group arrives, students are welcome to come in and browse the museum store or wait inside the lobby until a Docent comes to greet you. The group leader needs to check in with Visitor’s Services at the front desk. Do your best to arrive on time. If you are running late, call Visitor Services at 415-358-7144. Please remind your group that food, gum and drinks are not allowed in the Museum.
Preparing Chaperones For Tours
Engaged chaperones are an important part of a successful tour. Please remind chaperones that they are responsible for the behavior and safety of their students while in the museum and that they must accompany their assigned group at all times. It is their responsibility to help students respect the following rules:
Food, gum and drink are not allowed in the museum
Only pencils may be used in the galleries
Unless invited by a Guide or Docent, please do not touch any artwork or exhibition objects
Remain behind black floor markers or stanchions. When barriers are not visible or present, please stay at least 18 inches away from exhibition pieces
Walk in the galleries and on the stairs
Chaperones may also be responsible for helping their students to complete any interactive materials or activities that accompany the Special Exhibition.