FREE Admission to Over 45 Museums – Plan a Trip!

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. Plus we have some tips and tricks to make your trip free and awesome!

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.

Reduced admission: Most museums give discounts to seniors, youths, children and students. Check for other possible discounts–for instance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts also gives price breaks to visitors who ride public transportation and to teachers. Also some museums give discounts to Bank of America and AAA cardholders.

Asian Art Museum
Free – first Sunday of every month. ($15 Value)
Autodesk Gallery
Free – always.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Free – first Wednesday of every month. ($15 Value)
Bedford Gallery
Free – first Tuesday of every month. ($5 Value)
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Free – closed until 2016 for relocation
Burlingame Pez Museum
Free – first Thursday of every month. ($3 Value)
Cable Car Museum
Free – always.
California Academy of Sciences
Free – check calendar, SF resident days vary check calendar. ($34 Value)
Cantor Arts Center
Free – always.
Cartoon Art Museum
Pay What You Wish – first Tuesday of every month. ($8 Value)
Chabot Space & Science Center
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. ($16 Value)
Check Out SF Family Pass
Free – always, SF Public Library card holders check out the Family Pass for free admission to 23 attractions.
Children’s Creativity Museum
Free – check calendar. ($12 Value)
Chinese Historical Society of America
Free – always.
Clayton Historical Society
Always free.
Conservatory of Flowers
Free – first Tuesday of every month. ($8 Value)
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.
de Young
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. ($10 Value)
Exploratorium
Free – check calendar. ($29 Value)
Japanese Tea Garden San Francsico
Free – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-10am. ($8 Value)
LACIS Museum of Lace and Textiles
Free – always.
Legion of Honor
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders. ($10 Value)
Marin History Museum
Free – always.
Musee Mecanique
Free – always.
Museo ItaloAmericano
Free – always.
Museum of the African Diaspora
Free – check calendar. ($10 Value)
Museum of American Heritage
Free – always.
Museum of Anthropology
Free – closed until fall 2015 for renovations.
Museum of Craft and Design
Free – first Tuesday of every month. ($8 Value)
Museum of Performance and Design
Free – always.
Oakland Museum of California
Free – first Sunday of every month, ages 18 & under every Friday 5-9pm.
Half Price – every Friday 5-9pm. ($15 Value)
Randall Museum
Free – always.
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. ($7 Value)
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.
San Francisco Zoo
Free – check calendar (residents only).  ($17 Value)
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. ($8 Value)
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Free – always.
San Mateo County History Museum
Free – first Friday of every month. ($6 Value)
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. ($20 Value)
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Free – third Thursday of every month, 5-10pm, Yerba Buena museums and neighborhood venues. ($10 Value)
Wells Fargo History Museum
Free – always.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Free – first Tuesday of every month. ($10 Value)

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Do you see somethings we missed? Tell us! Have you gone on a free day? How was it? Comment below, we would love to hear about your experience.

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