The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 781 Beach Street, San Francisco, on historic Fisherman’s Wharf, just steps away from Ghiradelli Square, Hyde Street Pier, and the Cable Car turnaround, with an impressive view of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take a break from sightseeing and come visit us!


Hours and Holidays


Museum Hours

11am to 5pm Daily
CLOSED Wednesdays

The museum is closed on:
New Year’s Day
Easter Sunday
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day



  • Adults – $10

  • San Francisco Resident – $7

  • Students/Senior/Military/Educator
    (with valid ID) – $6

  • Kids (6-12) – $4

  • Children (5 and Younger) – FREE

  • Cartoon Art Museum Members – FREE

The first Tuesday of every month is our
Pay What You Wish Day.

Please note: Groups of 10 or more are not permitted on the first Tuesday of any month. Educational groups can reserve on any other day with a 50% discount.


2019 Discount Days

Residents of the following Bay Area counties (valid photo ID) will enjoy reduced admission to the Cartoon Art Museum in 2019 during the months listed below. (Group visits and tours are not available during Discount Days.)

  • January: Napa

  • February: San Mateo

  • March: Santa Clara

  • April: Solano

  • May: Sonoma

  • September: Alameda

  • October: Contra Costa

  • November: Marin 


Guest Services



Most guests average between 30-90 minutes per visit.


Non-flash photography is allowed for personal, non-commercial use in the museum, except where noted. Flash photography and the use of professional camera equipment are not allowed in the museum. Material on exhibit is copyright protected; any reproduction of it will be prosecuted as permitted by all applicable laws.


For the enjoyment of all visitors, we request that you refrain from using your cell phone within the galleries.


Smaller single-occupancy strollers are permitted in the galleries. Guests with strollers determined to be too large for the galleries may be asked not to enter the museum with them. Stroller parking accommodations are limited. We recommend leaving strollers in your vehicle if they might exceed the stroller size limit.


Complimentary coat and bag checks are available at the front desk of the museum. All backpacks, parcels, and large bags must be checked. Umbrellas may be left at the front door in umbrella stands. For lost items, visit the front desk, email office@cartoonart.org or call 415-227-8666.


For the safety and security of the museum, all bags and parcels are subject to inspection. Prohibited items include but might not be limited to weapons, knives, box cutters, scissors, flammable liquids, permanent markers, and spray paint. No food or beverage is permitted in the galleries at any time, except bottled water.


The museum is not responsible for lost, stolen, or unattended items, and assumes no responsibility for accidents, loss, or personal injury. If you think you have lost an item at the museum, contact the front desk at 415-227-8666 or office@cartoonart.org.





The Cartoon Art Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair lift for visitors at the main building entrance, located to the left of the main entrance, on the other side of the museum’s front windows.


Closed Caption and Open Caption accommodations are available in the galleries, and the museum offers on-demand closed captioning for some audio experiences as well. See the ticket desk for more information.


Please notify us one week in advance if you will be attending an event and would like to request an ASL interpreter. Whenever possible these services will be provided upon request of at least 1 week.



No refunds and no exchanges for admission or event tickets. (See Donate Program or Event Tickets section below.)

In some instances, the museum may impose limits on tickets available for purchase per household based on capacity of venue and/or special considerations for any ticketed program or event, including non-paid ticketed programs and events. The museum reserves the right to void tickets purchased in excess of this limit.


If you have purchased tickets to an event and you are not able to attend, you can donate your tickets back to the museum for resale. You may donate your tickets until 72 hours before the program or event and receive a record of your tax-deductible contribution equivalent to the price. To donate your tickets back, please send an email to office@cartoonart.org indicating the confirmation number for the original purchase. You will be sent a donation receipt via email once your unused purchase has been accepted for donation back to the museum.

Note that the museum is not able to accept tickets for donation after 72 hours prior to the program or event. Workshop registration is not able to be returned as a donation at this time.

We cannot accept donations of tickets over the phone or in person.


The Cartoon Art Museum provides free passes for fundraising by schools and charitable organizations. Send your organization’s official donation request letter and a stamped return envelope to 781 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. Free passes will not be donated without a stamped return envelope.



Was visiting from Massachusetts with my kids and thought the museum was a hidden jewel. We enjoyed seeing the Marvel pieces, reading bits about the history and seeing a 1979 animated short film by Lassiter! Super convenient by cable car.
— Abbe Levin Allexenberg
Thanks to the Discover and Go program (through our library), my daughter and I were able to enjoy a great time at CAM!
— Amy M. Takagaki
Fabulous exhibits plus historical originals - something for every age! And reasonably priced!
— L. Gaye Hirz
Nothing can compare to this. This is such an important resource! I came for the Jim Starlin exhibition and discovered that the civil rights history in comics exhibition as well! Wonderful! Come see and support this gem!
— J Scott Hardman