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Do you know that there are over a dozen museums in the bay area that are always FREE? Do you know that many great museums around the bay area offer FREE admission days? Read on and save yourself some money.


Always FREE

FREE First 2-day Weekend

 FREE First Thursday

 FREE First Firday

FREE First Sunday

  • Asian Art Museum
    (San Francisco. Regular admission: $7 - $12; Children under 12 free)

  • Coyote Point Museum
    (San Mateo. Regular admission $3-$7. Parking $5; Great for young children)

FREE Second Sunday

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation (Not include IMAX)
    (San Jose. Sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, California's Offical 529 plan and Fidelity Investments)

  • Oakland Museum of California
    (Oakland. Regular admission:$5 - $8. Currently under renovation, will re-open in May 2010)

FREE First Tuesday

FREE First Wednesday

FREE Third Wednesdays

Other Discounts

  • The Tech Museum of Innovation

    Public Library Pass Program: offers significantly reduced prices for museum galleries admission. This does not include IMAX Theater admission. Go to the San Jose Public Library or Santa Clara County Library for more information and to pick up passes. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Open Access Policy: If you cannot afford the full admission fee, please see the staff at the Ticketing counter in the center of our lobby at the start of your visit.

  • MY Museum (Monterey County Youth Museum)
    $2 (instead of $7) on first Tuesday of the month. For kids 8 and under.

  • Hall of Health
    Free on selected Saturdays (Feb 21, Mar 14, May 9, June 13, 2009)


Some of these places offer free or discounted kids activities and programs, check out our "Free Ongoing Kids Programs" article.

If you find other free museum days that we did not list here, please let us know.



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Annette Stransky 2009-05-19 07:16:18

There are two additional Museums in the Bay Area:
The Sunnyvale Lace
Museum
552 S. Murphy
Sunnyvale, CA
Open Tues-Sat from 11PM-5PM

Saratoga
History Museum
20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road
Saratoga, CA
Open Fri-Sun from
1-4PM
Ewa 2009-05-19 09:27:44

Thank you, Annette! You were most helpful. I will add these two museums to the
list!
Times are tough
Jvega 2009-05-20 09:52:25

Hey thanks for collaborating all of these places for us parents! I have a teen
ager and a baby on the way. With these days being tight on money I can't
complain there is nothing to do this summer!!!

Thanks again!

JV
Updated for year 2010?
Helena 2010-01-09 19:28:22

Is the information on this page updated for year 2010?
Thanks!

Helena
Another Museum which is always free
Rajeev Kumar 2010-03-11 20:22:14

Computer History Museum in Mountain View
I won't worry about where to go now...
CL 2010-03-24 21:08:35

Thanks!
free activities
MaLinda 2010-03-27 08:59:29

This is great! Now, if we can coordinate the free kids meals list in the bay
area..this wil be awesome!
SF Zoo - FREE for only SF Residents
Cindy 2010-08-03 07:41:44

I found out when I arrived @ SF Zoo that it is only free admission for SF
Residents. I think this a mistake because it would eliminate some revenue for
restaurants or the Zoo store for other visitors around the Bay Area.
Just an
insight on the business side...
Another free museum for kids
ljanklow 2011-01-14 08:12:41

Kids are always FREE at the
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena
Ln.
San Francisco 94103
www.mocfa.org

Second Saturdays are MAKE IT @
MOCFA Family Days related to the current exhibition. Also, schools and
libraries can book curriculum-based hands-on workshops that come out to
locations throughout the Bay Area for a reasonable fee. FREE passes are
included with the workshop distributed by the visiting museum educator.
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