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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.


Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


February 12, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)

The Wood Comes to the City: Ancient Trees, Sacred Groves, and the "Greening" of Early Augustan Rome


April 9, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

The Kingship is a Perfect Office


March 12, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)

TBA: Professor Laetitia La Follette's lecture title


May 14, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)

The Arts of Royalty in Sasanian Iran

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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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021


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