de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Docent Tours


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California History Docent Tours

The de Saisset offers guided tours of the permanent California History exhibition, Mission Santa Clara de Asís, and the nearby Mission Gardens. Geared primarily to fourth grade school groups, the tour focuses on the history of Santa Clara Valley from pre-contact to the Mission era. Using pictures, a hands-on touching cart, and historical objects, volunteer docents strive to bring the history of this area alive.

Modified tours are available for other school groups and adults. Advanced reservations are required. MORE »

To request a tour, contact or 408.554.4528.

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Explore with Me Docent Tours

Docent-led tours of our temporary art exhibitions are available through the Explore with Me Docent tour program. Explore with Me tours are led by Santa Clara University student interns who are trained to lead tours of the de Saisset's temporary exhibitions. Using a touring style called Visual Thinking Strategies, Explore with Me docents encourage visitors to engage in active looking and to share their thoughts with the group. The tours are engaging and fun, and best of all, absolutely no prior knowledge of art is required! 

To request a tour, contact or 408.554.4528.