Join us for a private docent-led behind-the-scenes tour of the Marin County Civic Center designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Marin County Civic Center (1957) is one of the last major works of Wright’s career and his only realized project for a government entity.
During this 90-minute walking tour, you’ll get access to the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers and their private balcony, you’ll be eye level with the building’s iconic blue roof, you’ll see custom furniture designed Frank Lloyd Wright and built by inmates from San Quentin’s wood shop, and you’ll learn the complicated and scandalous history of the creation of the building from specially trained docents.
Widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century, Wright’s innovative design of the Marin County Civic Center dramatically illustrates the kinship of architecture to the surrounding landscape with long horizontal buildings that gracefully link the crowns of three separate hills.
Docent-led tours are offered every Wednesday and Friday at 10:30am starting in the Civic Center Cafeteria (Room 233). Pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended.
Guests should be prepared to walk/stand for 90 minutes. The tour covers approximately one mile in total distance.
Private Docent-Led Tours
Groups of 10 or more people must arrange a private docent tour one month ahead of desired date by completing this form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours must be arranged for weekdays between 8am–3pm. The Marin County Civic Center is closed weekends.
Public Docent-Led Tours
When: 10:30 a.m – noon
Where: Meet in the second floor Marin County Civic Center Cafeteria, Room 233.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/students (plus fees).
Download the Frank Lloyd Wright App
Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Marin County Civic Center by downloading our new mobile App. The interactive App features accounts of the building’s tumultuous history, 360-degree photographs, exterior and interior drone videography, plans and blueprints of the building process, accounts about Wright’s history in Marin County, and more.
Self-guided Tours: Give yourself a self-guided tour by using the Architectural Overview and Self-guided Tour brochure. You can print it and bring it along when you visit the Civic Center.
Video and Audio Tours: Docent Avery Goldman guides a virtual tour of the Civic Center, detailing Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for the complex and sharing the history of its design and construction. Use the links below to view the video version of this two-part tour or to download the audio tour.
Frank Lloyd Wright Marin County Civic Center