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San Francisco & Bay Area Museums: What’s Open

Updated March 4, 2021: A list of 50 Bay Area museums, zoos and gardens and any known reopening dates.
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Here’s a list of all of the Bay Area museums, historical sites, zoos and gardens we could find and their current status and when they may open. Every county is moving at its own pace.

Who did we miss? Know of any museums, zoos or gardens we missed? – email us at events_crew@funcheap.com with the details and links.

Here’s our list. Please note we’ve done our best to get all the details correct, but not that details and dates may change without notice during these times of uncertainty so please contact the venue to confirm first before heading out.

UPDATES:

  • 3/4/21 – Conservatory of Flowers, Contemporary Jewish Museum and Museum of Craft and Design announce reopenings
  • 3/3/21 – California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay announce reopenings
  • 3/2/21 – San Francisco announces reopening of indoor museums at 25% capacity starting March 3
  • 2/23/21 – San Mateo and Marin County now in “red” tier meaning museums can open indoors at 25% capacity starting February 24
  • 11/28/20 – San Francisco moved into the “purple” tier today so all indoor museums in San Francisco will be closing down.

Free Museum Days

Some museums have resumed their free museum days or are running special free days upon reopening

Updated 3/4/21 at 11:46 AM

  • Asian Art Museum – SF (Civic Center) – Scheduled to Open on 3/4 – Planning on reopening March 4th with 25% capacity and timed ticketing. New hours are Thu 1-8p, Fri-Mon 10a-5p and closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Free day on Sunday, March 7
  • SFMOMA – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 3/7 – SFMOMA is reopening. To celebrate, we’re starting with a Member Preview Day on Saturday, March 6 and a Free Community Day on Sunday, March 7 plus free parking on both days. Come see your old favorites, plus exciting new exhibitions. Timed tickets required.
  • de Young Museum – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 3/6 – Museum is reopening on Saturday, March 6 with tickets available on website starting Friday March 5. General admission (special exhibits not included) is free for Bay Area residents every Saturday with RSVPs available online. General admission is free for all on first Tuesdays. Essential and Frontline Workers get a $15 discount on tickets to special exhibitions through Dec 2021. Frida Kahlo special exhibit extended to May 2. Calder-Picasso special exhibit runs through Mary 23 and unlikely to be extended.
  • Conservatory of Flowers – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 3/5 – Admission to the Conservatory will continue to be free every first Tuesday of the month. The Conservatory will also continue offering free or reduced admission through Museums for All, a program to bring free or reduced admission to San Francisco residents who receive public benefits, including Medi-Cal and CalFresh.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – Open 7 days a week but onsite programs on hold until further notice. Advanced tickets recommended. Free for San Francisco residents w/ valid ID. Free for all daily: 7:30–9am (enter via the Main Gate). Monthly free day for all the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum – North Bay (Sausalito) – Open – Admission is free to Bay Area residents the first Wednesday of every other month. The next free day is April 7, 2021. Tickets can typically be reserved 30 days in advance

Opening Soon

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Recently Opened

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San Francisco Bay Area Museums

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Major Museums & Cultural Institutions

  • Asian Art Museum – SF (Civic Center) – Open – Planning on reopening March 4th with 25% capacity and timed ticketing. New hours are Thu 1-8p, Fri-Mon 10a-5p and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum – North Bay (Sausalito) – Open – Indoors and outdoors open Wed-Sun from 10a-4p plus certain holidays. Admission is free to Bay Area residents the first Wednesday of every other month. Reservations or Free First Wednesday are now required due to state and county guidelines on capacity. Tickets are available to reserve starting 30 days in advance of the next Free Day.
  • California Academy of Sciences – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 3/17 – The Academy will reopen to the public on March 17, with special advance access for members only on March 15 and 16. Advance reservations will be required for all guests and will be available online beginning March 10. Timed-entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. Capacity will be limited to 20%. Morrison Planetarium will remain closed until further notice. Free reservations will be required for Osher Rainforest and the Shake House.
  • Children’s Fairyland – East Bay (Oakland) – Scheduled to Open on 3/19 – Children’s Fairyland reopening on March 19th with three day schedule (Fri-Sun) to start and then expanding to Wed-Sun starting March 31st. Two sessions daily with limited capacity. Tickets on sale now.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 4/17 – The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) reopens on April 17, with Member preview days on April 15 and 16. All visitors—including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine—are required to wear a face covering during their visit, except for children under the age of 2. A limited number of disposable masks are available, free of charge, at the front desk in the Shenson Welcome Center. All visitors will need to book their timed tickets online in advance of their visit, to ensure a contactless check-in process when you arrive at The Museum.
  • de Young Museum – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 3/6 – Museum is reopening on Saturday, March 6 with tickets available on website starting Friday March 5. General admission (special exhibits not included) is free for Bay Area residents every Saturday with RSVPs available online. General admission is free for all on first Tuesdays. Essential and Frontline Workers get a $15 discount on tickets to special exhibitions through Dec 2021. Frida Kahlo special exhibit extended to May 2. Calder-Picasso special exhibit runs through Mary 23 and unlikely to be extended.
  • SFMOMA – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 3/7 – SFMOMA is reopening. To celebrate, we’re starting with a Member Preview Day on Saturday, March 6 and a Free Community Day on Sunday, March 7 plus free parking on both days. Come see your old favorites, plus exciting new exhibitions. Timed tickets required
  • Berkeley Art Museum – East Bay (Berkeley) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • California Historical Society – SF (Mission District) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • Chabot Space & Science Center – East Bay (Oakland) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • GLBT Historical Society Museum – SF (Castro) – Currently Closed as of 3/4
  • Lawrence Hall of Science – East Bay (Berkeley) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • Legion of Honor – SF (Lands End) – Currently Closed as of 3/4
  • Museum of Craft and Design – SF (Dogpatch) – Scheduled to Open on 4/1 – The Museum of Craft and Design will reopen to the public with two brand new exhibitions, Design by Time and Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro, on Thursday, April 1, with a member preview day on March 31. All visitors will need a ticket, even those receiving free admission.Timed admission tickets for MCD Members, children 12+ under, EBT holders, active-duty military personnel, first-responders, and members of NARM and ROAM are $0.
  • Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) – SF (SoMa) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • Oakland Museum of California – East Bay (Oakland) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • San Jose Museum of Art – South Bay (San Jose) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • The Exploratorium – SF (Embarcadero) – Currently Closed as of 3/3
  • Walt Disney Family Museum – SF (Presidio) – Currently Closed as of 3/3
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – SF (SoMa) – Currently Closed as of 3/2

Smaller Museums & Cultural Institutions

Bay Area Zoos & Aquariums

Updated 3/4/21 at 11:46 AM

  • The Marine Mammel Center – North Bay (Sausalito) – Currently Closed as of 2/11
  • Aquarium of the Bay – SF (Fisherman’s Wharf) – Open – After almost 50 weeks of closure, Aquarium of the Bay will reopen to the public March 4th, 2021 at 25% capacity. Timed tickets required.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – Road Trip (Monterey) – Currently Closed as of 3/2
  • Oakland Zoo – East Bay (Oakland) – Open – No updates yet on indoor exhibits. Outdoor exhibits open. All guests must reserve a ticket for a specific date and entry time.
  • San Francisco Zoo – SF (Lake Merced) – Open – No updates yet on any indoor exhibits. Outdoor exhibits open. Timed tickets required.

Bay Area Gardens

Updated 3/4/21 at 11:46 AM

  • Conservatory of Flowers – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 3/5 – The Conservatory of Flowers reopens to visitors Friday, March 5, 2021 with modifications in place to ensure public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guests will be required to wear face coverings and the Conservatory will limit the number of visitors to 25 percent of its normal capacity to ensure social distancing. Admission to the Conservatory will continue to be free every first Tuesday of the month. The Conservatory will also continue offering free or reduced admission through Museums for All, a program to bring free or reduced admission to San Francisco residents who receive public benefits, including Medi-Cal and CalFresh.
  • Filoli Gardens – Peninsula (Woodside) – Open – The Garden remains open daily, but the historic House is closed.
  • Japanese Tea Garden – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – Tea Garden will set up one-way pathways to avoid congestion. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4:30p Discount admission for SF residents. Free Hour for everyone, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 10am
  • Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery – East Bay (Walnut Creek) – Open – Limited entry and masks required. No docent tours currently and picnicing is not allowed.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – Open 7 days a week but onsite programs on hold until further notice. Advanced tickets recommended. Free for San Francisco residents w/ valid ID. Free for all daily: 7:30–9am (enter via the Main Gate). Monthly free day for all the second Tuesday of every month. Holiday Free Days: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day. Free admission for anyone presenting valid EBT card.
  • The Gardens at Heather Farms – East Bay (Walnut Creek) – Open – Outdoor public garden areas are currently open for visiting from sunrise to sunset. Visitors should practice safe physical distancing and wear face coverings as recommended by the County Health Department. The building and offices are closed to the public until further notice, access by appointment only.
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden – East Bay (Berkeley) – Open – Open Daily, 11 – 5 pm for general public. Online advanced admission tickets are required for all visitors.

What did we miss? Know of any updates? – email us at events_crew@funcheap.com with the details and links.



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