Free Admission to Museums, Art Galleries & More!

On a budget but still want a healthy dose of culture? The San Francisco Bay Area has a big and broad collection of top-notch museums, and nearly all of them can be visited for free!  Below is a current list of all San Francisco Bay Area museums, art galleries and public gardens along with their free-admission days.

Before you go on a free day: Be prepared for crowds. Because of capacity limitations, admission is not guaranteed, so it’s best to arrive early. If you’re planning a group visit, check with the museum first; some museums limit or prohibit group visits on their free days. We HIGHLY recommend calling ahead to make sure the facility is still open for free admission day listed below since some policies do change without notice.

Asian Art Museum
Free – first Sunday of every month.
Autodesk Gallery
Free – always.
Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito
Free – first Wednesday of every month.

bedford

Bedford Gallery
Free – first Tuesday of every month
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Free – closed until 2016 for relocation
Cable Car Museum
Free – always.
California Academy of Sciences
Free – check calendar, SF resident days vary check calendar.
California Historical Society
Free – first Tuesday of the month.
Cantor Arts Center
Free – always.
Cartoon Art Museum
Pay What You Wish – first Tuesday of every month.

chabot

Chabot Space & Science Center
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders, $5 after 5pm select Fridays, see calendar.
Chinese Historical Society of America
Free – first Thursday of the month.
Clayton Historical Society & Museum
Always Free.


Conservatory of Flowers
Free – first Tuesday of the month.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Free for ages 18 and under. Free the first Tuesday of every month, plus free the first full weekend of every month for Bank of American credit or debit cardholders.
Discover & Go
Free – always, Contra Costa Public Library card holders reserve free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions.
Children’s Creativity Museum
Free – check calendar.
Chinese Historical Society of America
Free – always.
Conservatory of Flowers
Free – first Tuesday of every month.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Free – first Tuesday of every month, check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
$5 – after 5pm every Thursday.

deyoung

de Young
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
Exploratorium
Free – December 6, 2015.
Japanese Tea Garden San Francsico
Free – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-10am.
John Muir Historical Site
Always free.
LACIS Museum of Lace and Textiles
Free – always.

legion
Legion of Honor
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Free on special Fridays – Upcoming dates are Nov 20 & Dec 18!
Marin History Museum
Free – always.
Musee Mecanique
Free – always.
Museo ItaloAmericano
Free – always.
Museum of the African Diaspora
Free – check calendar.
Museum of American Heritage
Free – always.
Museum of Anthropology
Free – closed until 2016 for renovations.
Museum of Craft and Design
Free – first Tuesday of every month.
Museum of Performance and Design
Free – always.

OAK

Oakland Museum of California
Free – first Sunday of every month, ages 18 & under every Friday 5-9pm.
Half Price – every Friday 5-9pm.
Pez Museum
Free – First Thursday of the month.
Pittsburg Historical Society
Free – always.
Randall Museum
Free – closed for relocation.

ruth

Ruth Bancroft Gardens
Free first Tuesday of the month.
San Francisco Art Institute
Free – always.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free – every morning 7:30-9am, second Tuesday of every month, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
San Francisco Fire Department Museum
Free – always.
SF Camerawork
Free – always.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Free – closed until 2016 for expansion.
SFO Museum
Free – always.
San Francisco Railway Museum
Free – always.

SF-Zoo
San Francisco Zoo
Free – check calendar (residents only).
San Jose Museum of Art
Free – check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. $5 – after 5pm third Thursday of every month.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Free – always.
San Mateo County History Museum
Free – first Friday of every month.
Sake Museum
Free – always.
Tech Museum of Innovation
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders
Half Price – last hour of every day.
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Free – third Thursday of every month, 5-10pm, Yerba Buena museums and neighborhood venues.
University of Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Free – first Wednesday of the month.
Vallejo Navel & Historical Museum
Free – third Saturday of the month.
Wells Fargo History Museum
Free – always.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Free – first Tuesday of every month.

Did you see one we missed? Tell us in the comments section below! What’s your favorite museum? Art gallery?

Advertisements

Leave a Comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s