Free Museums San Francisco


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San Francisco is such a beautiful place. There is so much to do and see. Sometimes, however, seeing so much can be a bit expensive and you can find yourself running out of money quickly. Luckily, there are some places you can go and it won’t cost you a dime. Visiting a museum is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and just stare at something unique. Don’t have anyone to go with? Download the GirlCrew app, the perfect way to find new friends. In the meantime, check out some of the free museums in San Francisco.

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Pier 24

Pier 24 is one of the few free museums in San Francisco. Located on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, the museum provides a quiet environment for you to go to and view the photographs without feeling rushed. Previous exhibits included ‘The Grain of the Present’ and ‘Secondhand’ where artists build archives of found images, from which they constructed something entirely new. Although the museum is free and open to the public, you have to make an appointment to view the exhibits. Booking info can be found here.

Museum of the African Diaspora

The Museum of the African Diaspora has free admission on the Third Thursday of every month. Check out exhibitions such as ‘After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art’. There is often, open mic nights. Artists are encouraged to come along and perform their poetry or spoken word. Make sure you pick up a sticker at MoAD for special Third Thursday all-night happy hours at participating bars and restaurants.  For more information, click the link here.

Legion of Honor

The Legion of Honor hosts a free museum day on Tuesdays in San Francisco for 2018. Check out ‘The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine’ exhibit. Here you will learn about the two mummies that are at the museum, Irethorrou, and Hatason. Both are from very different backgrounds and had unique burial rituals. Visitors can examine both mummies by means of an interactive virtual dissection table. While general admission is free, some special exhibition fees still apply.  

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

While the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art doesn’t have many free museum days, it does offer free visits when you join up to be a member. There are different levels of membership, the cheapest being if you join as an individual. For $100, you can go to the museum free for a year including a guest. Children under 18 are always free. There are often free family days, where two adults can gain free entry if accompanied by someone who is under 18. SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces, no ticket required. To find out more info, click here.

Mexican Museum

The Mexican Museum has free admissions always and it a fun free thing to do in San Francisco. The mission of The Mexican Museum is to voice the complexity and richness of Latinx art and culture throughout the Americas. Through education and exhibitions, the Mexican Museum provides public access to art and ideas that reflect the Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latinx American experience. The museum wants to ensure the contributions of these cultures are preserved, researched, presented and communicated to all. Check out the current exhibition ‘Family, Homeland, Revolution: Stories of the Chicano Movement.’

So what do you think? Did we miss anything? Where are your favorite free museums in San Francisco? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to download the GirlCrew app. We’ve just launched in San Francisco and are so excited! If you are looking for something exciting or what’s happening at Pier 39, we’ve got you covered.

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6 thoughts on “Free Museums San Francisco”

  1. I haven’t ever been to San Francisco, but I love museums and it looks like SF is chock-full of them! I tried to pick my favorite as read through your post, but every time I thought I’d made a decision, I read about another one! Your photos are phenomenal and I really, really love that colorful dress!

  2. San Francisco is on my list of places to visit, and these museums seems like a very great idea. The museum of Africa Diaspora really caught my eye.

  3. I so love museums, and I love them, even more, when they’re free. San Fran is a contender for my upcoming yearly family trip, this is a great selling point. Hope to visit one day next year either way.

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