Join us for a 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.
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 Friday at 10:30am starting in the Civic Center Cafeteria (Room 233). Pre-purchased tickets are required.
Guests should be prepared to walk/stand for 90 minutes. The tour covers approximately one mile in total distance.
Public Docent-Led Tours
When: 10:30 a.m – noon
Where: Meet in the second floor Marin County Civic Center Cafeteria, Room 233.
Cost: $12 for adults, $7 for seniors/students (fees Included).
Private Docent-Led Tours
Groups of 10 or more people must arrange a private docent tour one month ahead of desired date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $24 for adults, $14 for seniors/students (fees Included).
Tours must be arranged for weekdays between 8am–3pm. The Marin County Civic Center is closed weekends.
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.
Take a self-guided Frank Lloyd Wright tour of the Marin County Civic Center:
If you can’t visit the Marin Civic Center in person, check out these 1-minute spotlight tours highlighting specific features of the building.