Most San Francisco residents know that many museums in the City by the Bay offer one free admission day every month, usually at the beginning of the month. Since I haven't found any post about this, I thought I would post. Tourists should find this list helpful too!
This list will be updated periodically to reflect the latest dates and details. Click on each site for hours. Free days, based on a check of museums' Web sites, are accurate as of 4/30/13.
BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US Free admission every first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month until December 2013 at participating museums nationwide with your Bank of America card and photo ID. Check out the BofA program Web site here for details. For participating San Francisco museums, please see below.
>> Exploratorium - There is no longer a monthly free day. Effective fall 2013, only the following days will be free: Engineering Day (September 29, 2013), Founderís Day (October 13, 2013), Groundhog Day (February 2, 2014), Pi Day (March 14, 2014), Motherís Day (May 11, 2014). FYI - The admission cost has been raised drastically to $25 per adult. If you live in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, you qualify for special rates (not yet published on its Web site).
Second Tuesday of Each Month - Next One: Tuesday, 6/11 San Francisco Botanical Garden (always free everyday for SF residents with proof of residency) - Fee for non-San Francisco residents starting 8/1/10, but free for everyone on the second Tuesday of each month, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Click on link for exact details.
First Wednesday of Each Month - Next One: Wednesday, 6/5 GLBT History Museum San Francisco Zoo - Free for SF residents only. Proof of residency required. Not always free on the first Wednesday of each month. Check SF Zoo calendar to confirm.
in case you're wondering, it is a wonderful museum, showcasing artifacts from various asian cultures ... including those from india, thai, tibet, china, japan, korea... they have a new exhibit coming out this weekend as well
This is your chance! This museum rarely offers free days!!!
Free Admission Saturday, February 17 10am-4pm
Join Bay Area families as we celebrate the New Orleans tradition of Mardi Gras in a day full of live performances, hands-on activities, and interactive exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora.
MOAD 685 Mission Street/at Third Street - Close to SFMOMA and Metreon San Francisco, CA 94105 415-358-7200 http://www.moadsf.org
A world-class museum experience. Free with your Bank of America card during the entire month of May.
2007 marks the tenth year of Museums on Us in the Northeast, and we are pleased to announce that this year we have expanded to California.
Here is the list for San Francisco. Offer valid 5/1/07 - 5/31/07. Photo ID and any Bank of America Credit Card, ATM card, Check Card, or MBNA Credit Card must be presented. Excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions, and ticketed shows. Free admission limited to cardholder and one guest.
slycat said: is it really gonna be free in SF?...coz i clicked on all the details and then at each individual link it lists some sort of discount or promo only...or some surcharge due to special exhibits.
really hope it pans out coz i have 2 guests from outta town who i can bring...
The links that you clicked are actual museums' Web sites. You should click on the Bank of America's Web site for Museum on Us program information. As noted in the fine print, free admission does not include fundraising events, special exhibitions, and ticketed shows.
Make sure two people from your party have Bank of America cards since one card = you and one guest only.
>> Lastly, there have been talks about free admission to three different San Francisco if you use the Field Trip Google app. I do not have an Android phone, so I do not know how this works, but you can check out an article here. I don't know the promotion period but it started a couple weeks ago. A comment was posted on one of the blog sites that this does not work at California Academy of Sciences anymore, so you might want to call ahead to make sure the museum you want to go is still participating. Although I have a feeling even the box office might not know about this. YMMV (your mileage may vary) on this one - report your success/failure by posting a reply here.
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