Visitor Information



Appointments are required to visit the library during regular hours. To make an appointment, please contact the research library in advance of your visit by going to the Contact Us page. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the library cannot accommodate patrons on a drop-in basis.

Winter Closure Hours: The North Baker Research Library will be closed Thursday, December 22, 2022 through January 25, 2023,  reopening by appointment only on Thursday, January 26, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Closed on Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.


Visit the Events Calendar for information about events and activities.


$10 General Admission
$5 Seniors (65+)
$5 Students with ID
Free CHS Members
Free Youth under the age of 18

Discounts and free days

Members Visit for Free
All of California Historical Society Membership Levels include free entry for the Member and one additional guest. Become a member today!

Discover & Go
Libraries across California offer free passes to local museums and cultural institutions through the Discover & Go program. California library cardholders from participating libraries can access free passes to the California Historical Society, San Francisco Bay Area museums, and many other museums and attractions across the state. Find out if your library is a member of the Discover & Go program here.

Go San Francisco Pass
The Go San Francisco pass allows guests to visit multiple San Francisco museums and attractions for a discounted price. Learn more here.

Blue Star Museum
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. Learn more here.


678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The California Historical Society’s headquarters are located within San Francisco’s Yerba Buena District, a dynamic neighborhood home to more than two dozen museums; performing arts facilities, and other cultural institutions; a 5.5-acre park; restaurants; hotels; movie theaters; shopping; and one of the most heavily used convention centers in the world. It is a destination for locals as well as tourists and has been hailed as a major cultural hot spot of San Francisco.


Public transportation is a great way to get to CHS. The nearby Montgomery Station provides access to BART and the San Francisco Municipal Railway, while the Salesforce Transit Center is a hub for AC Transit, Westcat, Greyhound, SamTrans, and Golden Gate Transit. Visit www.511.org to plan your trip.

Bicycle parking is available directly in front of CHS and throughout Yerba Buena. Consult www.511.org for the best route.

If you’re driving:

From the peninsula, take 101 North or Highway 280, use Seventh Street off ramp, go north on Seventh and turn right on Mission Street.

From the East Bay, take the Bay Bridge to the Fifth Street off ramp and north on Fifth Street, turn right on Mission Street.

From Marin, take 101 South (Golden Gate Bridge), proceed on Doyle Drive (Marina) to Lombard Street, turn right on Van Ness Avenue, turn left on Eddy Street, cross Market Street, and turn left on Mission Street.

Parking options include the Hearst Parking Center, Museum Parc Garage, and the Jesse Square Parking Garage.


Wheelchairs: The California Historical Society Museum, Library, and Store is fully wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available to borrow free of charge from the front desk. Please contact us in advance if you would like to borrow the wheelchair.

Changing Stations: Changing stations are available in each of our publicly accessible restrooms.

Service Animals: Service Animals are welcome at the California Historical Society when they are assisting an individual with disabilities.

Seating: Stools are available to borrow free of charge from the front desk.

Parking: The nearby Hearst Parking Center has nine handicap accessible spaces on its lower level.