The Bay Area is known for being expensive but many museums offer free or pay-as-you-wish options. As long as you are flexible and don’t mind crowds you have many places to choose from. It is also worth noting that the libraries may have FREE museum passes that you can check out or make reservations using your library card. Check with your local library for more information and availability.
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The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth.
Neighborhood Free Weekends
All San Francisco residents receive free admission on two designated weekends.
New! Community Free Days
In celebration of the Academy’s 10th anniversary in our new Golden Gate Park building, we’re excited to thank the community we’re so proud to serve by offering free admission over a three-day period from September 23-25, 2018.
Community Access Programs
The Academy works with several Bay Area programs to make museum passes available to anyone through libraries and social service organizations.
The Walt Disney Family Museum is free on Walt Disney’s Birthday in December.
The Museum of Craft and Design admission is free to everyone on the first Tuesday of every month.
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Free First Thursdays: Galleries free for all on the first Thursday of each month.
Note: Gallery admission will increase by $1 after January 1, 2018. Admission will remain free for BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 18 and under; and on Free First Thursdays.