Past to Present: A San Francisco Neighborhood from the Gold Rush to Today

Available by reservation

ADMISSION: All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

Filled with local history, evocative architecture, and symbolism, The CJM’s building represents stories of the history and innovation of the San Francisco community, and is a work of contemporary art in itself. A former Pacific Gas and Electric Power Substation, The CJM’s historic building was a survivor of the 1906 earthquake. Explore San Francisco history through stories mined from The Museum building, the Gold Rush, immigration, change over time, and San Francisco’s cultural communities.

Appropriate for Grades 3–4

Interactive, 90-minute tours integrate primary sources and hands-on activities, and align with third-and fourth-grade social studies curriculum areas. 


All K–12 schools free with $25 deposit

Group size is limited to 22 students. We recommend 3 free chaperones per group of 22. We can accommodate multiple groups simultaneously.

University groups are $25 per group of 20.


Adventures in Architecture tours are available year-round, and are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, beginning as early as 9:30am.


Reservations are required for school tour groups, and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of your tour.


Need help?

Reservations can be made online, or by calling 415.655.7857, or by emailing tours@thecjm.org


School and Teacher Programs are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Leadership support comes from Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. Patron support is provided by The Bavar Family Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, Norman Berkman, California Arts Council, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Toole Family Charitable Foundation, and Ullendorff Memorial Foundation.