the best things in life are free…

Here in San Francisco we enjoy a great variety of regularly-scheduled free admissions to our museums.

San Francisco Zoo new African Savanna exhibit

Free on the first Tuesday of every month: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Free on the first Wednesday of every month: the San Francisco Zoo, the California Academy of Sciences (including the Morrison Planetarium, the Natural History Museum, and the Steinhart Aquarium), the Exploratorium, and the Fort Mason museums (the African-American Museum, the Mexican Museum, and the Ital-Americano Museo), the Cartoon Art Museum, and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum and the Asian Art Museum (now closed due to museum rebuilding).

Free on the first Thursday of every month: the Center For The Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Free on the second Wednesday of every month: the California Palace of The Legion of Honor.

Free all the time: Fort Point (below the Golden Gate Bridge), the San Francisco Cable Car Museum, the Chinese Culture Center, the Chinese Historical Society, the San Francisco Fire Department Museum, the Fort Mason Center, the National Maritime Museum, the North Beach Museum, the Wells Fargo Museum, the Mission Dolores, the Strybing Arboretum, the World of Oil, and sfoArts.

Then there’s the tour of the Anchor Brewing Company on Potrero Hill…

4 Comments so far

  1. Linda (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 7:55 am


    The Legion of Honor is free every Tuesday, not the second Wednesday of the month.

  2. Linda (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 8:46 am

    More corrections:

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Free first Tuesday of every month (not Thursday)

    Cartoon Art Museum : The first Tuesday of every month is “pay what you wish day”

    My advice is to check with the museum before you visit!

  3. Linda (again) (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 9:03 am


    I don’t want to over-run this entry with my comments, but I think you need to review and edit it. There are a lot of problems. It isn’t fair to your readers who might take your word and visit on the wrong day.

    Last comment:

    I just checked the Asian Art Museum site, it isn’t closed.

    It’s free the first Tuesday (not Wednesday) of the month.

    The de Young is closed until October 15th (grand opening).

    The correct url for the California Academy of Sciences is

    Sorry about the multiple comments!


  4. Nessie (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    The World of Oil has been gone from San Francisco for years, according to the guy at the front desk of 555 Market Street.

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