The Forum sponsors monthly lectures on a variety of topics by prominent scholars. A mini-exhibit precedes each lecture where members and guests display examples of decorative arts from their own collections. The lectures are usually presented at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park at 8:00pm, generally on the second Tuesdays of each month. All lectures are free to ADAF members and $20 to non-members.

Each Forum lecture counts as one hour of educational credit for the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the American Society of Interior Decorators (ASID) and the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

Forum members are also invited to attend receptions each year for the guest speakers. Most receptions are held at members’ homes throughout the Bay Area. The Forum also arranges special walkthroughs of museum exhibitions, intensive study groups, and day and weekend trips to Northern California collections.

The de Young Museum

Lectures are held at the Koret Auditorium in the de Young Museum. The de Young is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive on the Music Concourse in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Cross streets are John F. Kennedy Drive and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

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Parking at the de Young / Music Concourse Garage

Parking for cars and bicycles is available in the Music Concourse Garage. Access to the north entrance of the Music Concourse Parking is from Fulton St. at 10th Ave. Access to the south entrance is at Concourse Dr. and Martin Luther King Dr. inside the park. The Music Concourse Garage is open 7 days a week from 7:30am to 10pm year-round. Parking in the Music Concourse Garage after 5:30pm is an $15 flat fee.

Taking MUNI to the de Young

The 44-O’Shaughnessy bus stops near the front of the museum on Tea Garden Drive (southbound) and on Concourse Drive near the Academy of Sciences (northbound).

The 5-Fulton stops at 8th and Fulton Streets, just outside of the park. From 8th, walk into the park and turn right on John F. Kennedy Drive to reach the museum’s tower entrance.

The N-Judah Muni Metro streetcar, which is accessible, stops at 9th Ave. and Irving St. To reach the de Young, walk north on 9th Ave. to Golden Gate Park. 9th Ave. turns into Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Keep walking on MLK Blvd. until you reach Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., then turn right and continue to the museum entrance.

The Legion of Honor

Occasionally ADAF programs are also held at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The Legion is located at 100 34th Avenue in Lincoln Park. The cross street for the southern park entrance is Clement Street. An additional eastern park entrance is just west of the intersection of 32nd Avenue and El Camino Del Mar. Enter the museum at the west side lower level near the café.

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Parking at the Legion of Honor

Free street parking close to the west side lower level entrance is available on El Camino del Mar, with additional free parking in front of the museum near the fountain.

Taking MUNI to the Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor is accessible via bus lines 18-46th Avenue, 38-Geary, and 1-California.

The 18-46th Avenue stops directly in front of the museum.

The 1-California stops at 33rd Avenue and Clement Street. From there, you can transfer to the 18 or you can walk one block west to 34th Ave. and up Legion of Honor Drive.

The 38-Geary stops at 33rd Avenue and Geary Street. From there, you can transfer to the 18 or you can walk two blocks north and one block west to 34th and Clement and up Legion of Honor Drive.

The walk from 33rd Avenue and Clement Street to the Legion of Honor entrance is approximately half a mile.