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Free Museum Admission Days in San Francisco

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by Jill Loeffler  •

  1. Updated April 7, 2021

Many San Francisco museums offer free admission to their facilities at least once a month. During these days, you gain access to each museum's permanent exhibits. Most of the monthly free admission days are on the first Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of the month.

While some museums offer a free day every month, a handful of them offer free days just four to five times a year. These include the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium.

Free Museum Admission Days in San Francisco

Here is the general pattern of free days for each SF museum, in alphabetical order. You can also scroll down for a list of dates for each museum by month.

Month by Month Calendar of Free Days

To make it easier for you, I've also created a month by month calendar for all of the museums mentioned above. Either scroll down or click on these links to jump ahead to a specific month.

April 2021

All Saturdays in April

  • de Young: Offering free admission to all SF Bay Area residents with a current, local ID. Must book tickets online in advance and show proof of residency when you arrive at the museum. Doesn't include special exhibits, general galleries only.

Sunday, April 4

  • SF Asian Art Museum

Tuesday, April 6

  • de Young Museum

Tuesday, April 13

  • Botanical Garden

>> More fun things to do in April

Tickets to Top SF Museums

Can't make it during these free museum admission days in San Francisco? You can pick up your tickets in advance to enjoy these museums during your stay.

May 2021

All Saturdays in May

  • de Young: SF Bay Area residents will receive free admission every Saturday in May. You must visit their site to book your free ticket online. When you arrive at the museum, you must offer proof of residency in one of SF's Bay Area Counties. This includes admission to the general exhibits and does not include admission to the special exhibits.

Sunday, May 2

  • SF Asian Art Museum

Tuesday, May 4

  • de Young Museum

Tuesday, May 11

  • Botanical Garden

>> More fun things to do in May

June 2021

All Saturdays in June

  • de Young: SF Bay Area residents will receive free admission every Saturday in June. You must visit their site to book your free ticket online. When you arrive at the museum, you must offer proof of residency in one of SF's Bay Area Counties. This includes admission to the general exhibits and does not include admission to the special exhibits.

Tuesday, June 1

  • de Young Museum

Sunday, June 6

  • SF Asian Art Museum

Tuesday, June 8

  • Botanical Garden

>> More fun things to do in June

Calendar of Free Museum Admission in SF
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