The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society fulfills its mission of preserving and disseminating Bay Area history through a broad spectrum of programs, history walks, and special events such as Standing Ovations, its annual celebration of San Francisco culture.

  • Monthly Programs

    Monthly programs are generally held on the second Tuesday evening of each month except for August and December. Programs are free to SFMHS members. Admission for non-members is $10 per person ($5 for seniors, students, K-12 teachers, and persons with disabilities), which may be applied to membership dues within 30 days.

    Program dates and topics are subject to change. Please check this page for any last-minute updates.

  • Walking Tours

    All SFMHS Walking Tours are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. There is no need to RSVP for a walking tour unless otherwise noted.

    Tours last an average of two hours and may involve some hills. Please be considerate of your fellow guests and leave pets and younger children at home.

  • Old Mint Tours

    Get a look inside the Old Mint. SFMHS guides will discuss the history of the building, the plans for the facility, and show you the progress we have made so far. Note: Production of coins ceased at The Old Mint in 1937, and there are no coins or coin-making equipment on display.

    Tours will begin on the northeast side of the Mint Building at Mint Plaza (closer to Market Street).

    The maximum group size for regularly scheduled tours is 6 persons. Larger groups are encouraged to schedule private tours so as to allow the maximum number of parties to participate in the regular tours.

    Mint Tours are free to SFMHS members. Non-members may join the tour for $10, payable at the time of the tour. Tours are are limited based on the availability of docents, and reservations are required. To reserve a space, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 415-537-1105 ext. 100.

  • Activities and Excursions

    The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society regularly schedules special excursions, lectures, and other activities relating to the history of San Francisco.

  • Annual Awards Luncheon

    Each year, the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made significant contributions to the historic fabric of San Francisco.

  • Holiday Tea at the Old Mint

    The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society offers an elegant respite from holiday shopping with a traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Old Mint in December.

  • Past Events

    Find out more about our activities by exploring some of our previous events.

    • Awards Luncheon
    • Holiday Tea
    • 2011 Programs

      Below is a summary of monthly programs from the second half of 2011. They are presented here to illustrate the variety of subjects we cover.

    • 2012 Programs

      Below is a summary of monthly programs from 2012. They are presented here to illustrate the variety of subjects we cover.

    • 2013 Programs

      Below is a summary of monthly programs from 2013. They are presented here to illustrate the variety of subjects we cover.

    • 2014 Programs

      Below is a summary of monthly programs from 2014. They are presented here to illustrate the variety of subjects we cover.

SFMHS events are sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.