San Francisco FREE
Museum Weekend

December 3rd - 4th
21 Museums
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It’s a beautiful weekend to go indoors.

Two days. Endless choices.

Thank you for your interest in attending San Francisco Free Museum Weekend.

Currently, there are no more tickets available online. A limited amount of tickets will be available onsite on the day of the event (subject to building capacity requirements).

  • Day 01

    December 3, 2022

  • Day 02

    December 4, 2022

Yerba Buena Arts District

American Bookbinders Museum

New Exhibit! Ex Libris, The Art of Contemporary World Bookplates Now - 12/30/22.

Golden Gate Park

California Academy of Sciences

The Academy's mission is to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration. Every visit supports our work.

*Please note: Tickets for California Academy of Sciences must be reserved separately on their website and are currently sold out.

Fisherman's Wharf

Cartoon Art Museum

We have something for everyone—from comic strips, comic books and anime to political cartoons, graphic novels and underground comix.

Golden Gate Park

deYoung (FAMSF)

Our collections—encompassing American art; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and costume and textile arts—reflect an active conversation among cultures, perspectives, and time periods. The Fine Arts Museums have been proud to offer free general admission on Saturdays for Bay Area residents since 2019, thanks to the generosity of Diane B. Wilsey.

Special exhibition charges may apply.

Castro District

GLBT Historical Society Museum

The first stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history and culture in the United States. It celebrates San Francisco’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.

Dogpatch

Institute of Contemporary Art SF

As a new institution, the ICA SF has the unusual opportunity to start from scratch and thus aims to lead right out of the gate with some necessary art world values: prioritizing individuals over institutions, and modeling equity and expansion in the artistic canon.

Lincoln Park

Legion of Honor (FAMSF)

The collections at the Legion of Honor offer unique insight into the art historical, political, and social movements of the previous 4,000 years of human history. The Fine Arts Museums have been proud to offer free general admission on Saturdays for Bay Area residents since 2019, thanks to the generosity of Diane B. Wilsey.

Dogpatch

Letterform Archive

In collaboration with Polymode, we’re excited to announce Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest, a new exhibition featuring more than 100 objects.

Dogpatch

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

McEvoy Arts’ fifth anniversary exhibition celebrates the many ways that color is used to convey meaning and elicit emotion.

Dogpatch

Minnesota Street Project

Inhabiting three warehouses, the Project seeks to retain and strengthen San Francisco's contemporary art community in the short term, while developing an internationally recognized arts destination in the long term.

Dogpatch

Museum of Craft and Design (MCD)

MCD showcases designers, makers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs.

Fort Mason, Marina Neighborhood

SF Camerawork

SF Camerawork provokes discovery, experimentation, and exchange through exhibitions and experiences for all who value new ideas in photography.

Fisherman's Wharf

Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye

We are the world’s only free, public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight. Through innovative exhibits, school tours, and free resource materials, the museum promotes eye health on a broad scale.

Presidio

The Walt Disney Family Museum

Find animation, innovation, and inspiration at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco. Immerse yourself in the remarkable life story of Walt Disney through ten interactive galleries featuring films, music, artifacts, and a spectacular model of Disneyland. Come experience the life story of the man behind the magic.

*Please note: Tickets for The Walt Disney Family Museum must be reserved separately on their website and are currently sold out.

Civic Center (Downtown Core)

Asian Art Museum

Engage with fresh viewpoints by visiting our temporary exhibitions spotlighting an artist or theme, and enjoy rare opportunities to encounter outstanding works from other museums and private collections.

Special exhibition charges may apply.

Yerba Buena Arts District

Children’s Creativity Museum

The Children’s Creativity Museum offers hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experiences designed to build creative confidence in children ages 2-12. Our mission is to nurture creativity and collaboration in all children and families.

Yerba Buena Arts District

Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)

The CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.

Embarcadero/
Downtown

Exploratorium

Turn up the radiance this winter! Six artists illuminate Pier 15 with light sculptures big and small, inviting you to connect and get inspired in their glow.

*Entry subject to capacity.

Yerba Buena Arts District

Museum of the African Diaspora

MoAD celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations, & inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora.

Yerba Buena Arts District

SFMOMA

The most in-depth examination of the artist’s work in over two decades, Diego Rivera’s America brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s paintings, frescoes, and drawings—as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections.

Yerba Buena Arts District

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Our work spans the realms of contemporary art, performance, film, civic engagement, and public life. By centering artists as essential to social and cultural movement, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.

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Open doors to
open minds.

Celebrate the reawakening and revitalization of a city that has long championed creativity, experimentation, and innovation. San Francisco Free Museum Weekend is a collaborative initiative that highlights the city’s vibrant arts and culture organizations. Over 20 museums will open their doors free to the public on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2022.

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What to know before you go.

Do I need a ticket to attend?

We are highly recommending that all guests reserve a ticket in advance. A limited amount of tickets will be available onsite at participating museums.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Tickets for California Academy of Sciences tickets need to be reserved separately on their website.

Can I use one ticket to visit multiple museums?

Yes, your ticket is a gateway to all participating museums for that day. If you want to visit museums on both days, you will need a ticket for each day.

Are all museums free for the entire weekend?

Each museum will open their doors free to the public on one of the two weekend days. Please see the schedule for the full list of participating museums.

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Getting Around

San Francisco Free Museum Weekend

It’s a beautiful weekend to go indoors.

Cultural venues large and small that help make San Francisco extraordinary will offer free admission to celebrate the vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and successful city we all know and love. Join us!

Where & When

December 3rd - 4th
San Francisco, California