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!
If you are a retired or an active military member, please inquire at the box office or visit the Web sites below for information about free admission for you and your guests. Also check out the Blue Star Families free admission program from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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 6/1/16.
BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US Free admission every first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month until December 2017 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.
>> San Francisco Zoo - There is no longer a regularly scheduled monthly free day (used to be the first Wednesday of each month). As of now, the Zoo has free days randomly. The next free day is Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Proof of residency required.
>> Exploratorium- There is no longer a monthly free day. There will be five and an half free days in 2017. They are Free Community Day (January 22, 2017), Pi Day (March 14, 2017), Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017), Free Community NIGHT (after 5pm on June 23, 2017), Free Community Day (September 23, 2017), Free Community Day (October 22, 2017). FYI - The admission cost has been raised drastically to $29.95 per adult. If you live in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, you qualify for special rates (see Web site for details). California public school teachers can request their free tickets here.
Second Tuesday of Each Month - Next One: Tuesday, 1/10 San Francisco Botanical Garden (always free for everyone from 7:30am to 9am and all day for SF residents with proof of residency) - Fee for non-San Francisco residents after 9am daily, 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 Sunday of Each Month - Next One: Sunday, 1/8 (Second Sunday for January due to 1/1 being on a holiday) Asian Art Museum Chinese Historical Society of America (used to be always free every Tuesday through Saturday. Thanks ottersf for the update!) Please PM me any additions and inaccuracies.
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.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's that time again - Free museum admission this coming week, for the most part.
Enjoy and explore San Francisco and mark your calendars for 2017!
Asian Art Museum's January free day is Sunday, 1/8/17 since 1/1/17 is a holiday.
SF Zoo's January free day is Wednesday, 1/4/17.
Bank of America's Museums on Us continues into 2017 - Contemporary Art Museum, De Young Museum, and Legion of Honor are the participating museums. January's free days are Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8. Free days are the first FULL Saturday and Sunday of the month. Mark your calendars for the rest of the year.
Museum of the African Diaspora - Free on Monday, January 16 and Thursday, January 19. Rarely free so take advantage of these.
California Academy of Sciences announced its next quarterly free day - Sunday, February 26, 2017. It also released Spring's Neighborhood Free Weekends. Mark your calendars!
The Exploratorium is having its next free day on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Check original post on the first page for free days for the rest of 2017. Mark your calendars!
Mark Your Calendars: The Giants Fan Fest at AT&T Park will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
No free days for SF Museum of Modern Art have been announced.
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