Free Museum Admission Days in San Francisco

Calendar of Free Days for 2019

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 evey 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.

SF Museum Free Admission Days
Asian Art
Museum
First Sunday of every month
(sponsored by Target)
California Academy of Sciences

Select Sundays throughout the year
thanks to Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Conservatory
of Flowers
First Tuesday of every month
Contemporary
Jewish Museum
First Tuesday of every month
de Young First Tuesday of every month
Exploratorium

Four to five times a year

GLBT First Wednesday of the month
(sponsored by the Bob Ross Foundation)
Legion of
Honor
First Tuesday of every month
Museum of Craft
and Design
First Tuesday of every month
SF Botanical
Gardens
Second Tuesday of every month,
as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Day,
& New Year's Day
Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts
First Tuesday of every 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.

June | July | August

September | October | November | December

More Top Events Each Month in SF

If you are looking for additional events to attend during your visit, check out my full monthly calendars. Click the link below for the month of your visit to learn more.

Event Calendars
January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.

June 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday, June 2
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, June 4
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tuesday, June 11
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park

>> Top activities in June in SF

>> Top activities in May in SF

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.

California Academy of Sciences | Exploratorium

Asian Art Museum | Legion of Honor | de Young Fine Arts Museum

July 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Tuesday, July 2
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Sunday, July 7
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, July 9
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park

>> Things to do in July

August 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday, August 4
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, August 6
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tuesday, August 13
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park

>> Things to do in August

September 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday, September 1
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, September 3
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tuesday, September 10
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Thursday,
September 19

Culture for Community -- Yerba Buena neighborhood initiative to offer free museum admission and other programs to the community.

  • SF Museum of Modern Art -- Free admission with registration on their site.
  • Children's Creativity Museum -- Free from 5pm to 8pm.
Saturday,
September 21
  • Exploratorium -- Community International Peace Day (pay what you wish)

>> Find additional things to do in September

October 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Sunday, Oct. 6
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Sunday, Oct. 20
  • Exploratorium -- Community 50th Anniversary Founder's Day (pay what you wish)

>> Additional top events in October

November 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday,
November 3
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, November 5
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tuesday, November 12
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park

>> November events in SF

December 2019

Date Museums with Free Admission
Sunday,
December 1
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, December 3
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum of Fine Arts
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of Craft & Design
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Tuesday, December 10
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park

>> More things to do this December

More on SF's Museums

Click the links below to learn more about each museum.

asian art museum
botanical gardens
chinese historical society
conservatory of flowers
Asian Art
Museum
Botanical
Gardens
Chinese Historical
Society
Conservatory of
Flowers
contemporary jewish museum
fine arts
art museum sf
museum craft and design
Contemporary
Jewish Museum
de Young Fine
Arts Museum
Legion
of Honor
Museum of
Craft & Design

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