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
First Sunday of every month
(sponsored by Target)
California Academy of Sciences Select Sundays throughout the year
thanks to Pacific Gas & Electric Company
of Flowers
First Tuesday of every month
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
First Tuesday of every month
Museum of Craft
and Design
First Tuesday of every month
SF Botanical
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.

October | November | December
January | February | March | April | May


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 recieve a small commission from some of the links on this page.

October 2018

Date Museums with Free Admission
Tuesday, Oct. 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
Wednesday, Oct. 3
  • GLBT Museum
Sunday, Oct. 7
  • Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, Oct. 9
  • Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park
Sunday, Oct. 21
  • Exploratorium Free Community Day

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