Your safety is of the highest priority to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As we continue to monitor COVID-19 closely, we are taking proactive steps to maintain a safe space for you. At this time, the Museums have temporarily closed both locations to the public to support San Francisco's and the Bay Area's effort to contain the spread of the virus. All our programs through the end of 2020 will be live streamed.

The Ancient Art Council is dedicated to supporting Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

For all those who share an interest in ancient art and the preservation and promotion of antiquities and culture of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, the Ancient Art Council offers lectures by noted archaeologists, curators, and historians; exclusive tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions; travel to other collections; receptions and opportunities to meet fellow enthusiasts of antiquities and the ancient world.

Plan Your Visit

The Ancient Art Council is located within the Legion of Honor.

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

Anthropoid Coffin of Iret-hor-irou
Egyptian, Dynasty 30, 380–343 BC
Cedar with traces of polychrome
Gift of Diane B. Wilsey in memory of Alfred S. Wilsey

Regular Hours

Tuesday–Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm

The Legion of Honor is Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Check the calendar for special hours.


Ancient Art Department

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.

Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship


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Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh


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Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

Dates TBD


Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.