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.
MUSEUMS, ALWAYS FREE
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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.
Explore science and meet native California animals! CuriOdyssey’s free Community Days take place on varying days, both during the week and on the weekend, so that more visitors have the opportunity to experience CuriOdyssey. Vehicle entrance fee for Coyote Point Park is $6 per car.
The San Francisco Zoo is pleased to offer Free Days for San Francisco residents on certain days. On Free Days, all San Francisco residents are eligible for free admission to the Zoo and must provide valid ID at the front gate as proof of residency.
Contemporary Jewish Museum every first Tuesday of each month, admission to The Museum is free! Visitors are welcome to explore current exhibitions, view engaging films, and participate in Creative Aging programs at no cost.
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.
The Oakland Museum of California on every first Sunday of the month, enjoy admission to OMCA with a suggested donation of $5 for general admission. There is an additional $4 fee for access to special exhibitions.