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San Francisco & Bay Area Museums: What’s Open

Updated September 28, 2020: 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.

Free Museum Days

Some museums have resumed their free museum days or are running special free days upon reopening
Updated 9/28/20 at 2:22pm

  • Asian Art Museum – SF (Civic Center) – Scheduled to Open on 10/3 – Scheduled to reopen Oct 1–2 for members and Oct 3 for the general public. Free general admission October 3–12. Capacity limited to 25% and timed ticketing required.
  • de Young Museum – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – The de Young museum is scheduled to open to the public on Friday, September 25. (The museum opens for members only from Sept 22-24). Museum limited to 25% capacity.
    – Through December 2021, free general admission for essential workers, who will also receive a $15 discount on tickets to special exhibitions.
    – Free Saturday general admission for all Bay Area residents resumes September 26th.
    – Free general admission for every First Tuesday resumes on October 6th.
  • SFMOMA – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 10/4 – SFMOMA is reopening October 4th with two weeks of Free Community Days and free parking at the museum from October 4-18. Free tickets will be available starting 9/25. Museum limited to 25% capacity.
  • Conservatory of Flowers – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 10/1 – Reopening on Oct. 1 at 25% capacity. Advanced tickets recommended but not required (tickets are not timed). Masks required. First Tuesdays of the month will be free.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums

Updated 9/28/20 at 2:22pm

Major Museums & Cultural Institutions

  • Asian Art Museum – SF (Civic Center) – Scheduled to Open on 10/3 – Scheduled to reopen Oct 1–2 for members and Oct 3 for the general public. Free general admission will be available October 3–12. Capacity limited to 25% and timed ticketing required.
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum – North Bay (Sausalito) – Open – Outdoor spaces to general public. Indoor spaces will reopen in phases. First to reopen: Wobbleland and Bay Hall Advanced tickets are required. Advanced tickets required with timed ticketing system. Open Wednesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Goblin Jamboree Tickets are available now. Celebrate the Halloween season at BADM.
  • Berkeley Art Museum – East Bay (Berkeley) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • California Academy of Sciences – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • California Historical Society – SF (Mission District) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • Chabot Space & Science Center – East Bay (Oakland) – Scheduled to Open “June 2021” – Chabot Space & Science Center plans to reopen for general admission in June 2021.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 10/17 – The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) reopens on October 17, with Member preview days on October 15 and 16. Masks required. Hours are Thursday–Sunday, 11am–5pm, and tickets can be booked in advance.
  • de Young Museum – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – Museum limited to 25% capacity. Through December 2021, free general admission for essential workers, who will also receive a $15 discount on tickets to special exhibitions. Free Saturday general admission for all Bay Area residents begins September 26th. Free “First Tuesdays” for all begins in October.
  • GLBT Historical Society Museum – SF (Castro) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • Lawrence Hall of Science – East Bay (Berkeley) – Scheduled to Open “June 2021” – The Hall is closed through at least June 2021
  • Legion of Honor – SF (Lands End) – Scheduled to Open “Mid-October” – Legion of Honor plans to reopen “Mid-October” with no specific date set
  • Museum of Craft and Design – SF (Dogpatch) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) – SF (SoMa) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • Oakland Museum of California – East Bay (Oakland) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • San Jose Museum of Art – South Bay (San Jose) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • SFMOMA – SF (SoMa) – Scheduled to Open on 10/4 – SFMOMA is reopening October 4th with two weeks of Free Community Days and free parking at the museum from Sunday, October 4-Sunday, October 18. Free tickets available beginning 9/25. Museum limited to 25% capacity.
  • The Exploratorium – SF (Embarcadero) – Scheduled to Open “Spring 2021” – “We do not believe the time is right for us to reopen our doors, and we are postponing our reopening until Spring 2021”
  • Walt Disney Family Museum – SF (Presidio) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – SF (SoMa) – Currently Closed as of 9/28

Smaller / Local Venues & Museums

Bay Area Zoos & Aquariums

Updated 9/28/20 at 2:22pm

  • Oakland Zoo – East Bay (Oakland) – Open – Through Labor Day weekend, the Zoo will be open from 10am–6pm, with Summer Early Entry for Members and Friends of the Wild starting at 9am. Timed tickets are available in one hour increments, with the last entry ticket being 3pm–4pm. All guests must reserve timed tickets online. Indoor zoo areas (Bug House, Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Room) are closed.
  • San Francisco Zoo – SF (Lake Merced) – Open – Limited attendance to 50% of the Zoo’s capacity to maintain social distancing. Online reservations are required for all guests. Book in advance from noon today for up to the next two weeks. Parking must be pre-paid online for guest parking lot. Face coverings are required for anyone over the age of 2. Many indoor areas are closed including the South American Tropical Rainforest, Insect Zoo and Great Ape Passage.
  • Aquarium of the Bay – SF (Fisherman’s Wharf) – Open – Open 11am-6pm daily. Limited capacity, timed tickets required.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – Road Trip (Monterey) – Currently Closed as of 9/28
  • The Marine Mammel Center – North Bay (Sausalito) – Currently Closed as of 9/21

Bay Area Gardens

Updated 9/28/20 at 2:22pm

  • Conservatory of Flowers – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Scheduled to Open on 10/1 – Reopening on Oct. 1 at 25% capacity. Advanced tickets recommended but not required (tickets are not timed). Masks required. First Tuesdays of the month will be free.
  • Japanese Tea Garden – SF (Golden Gate Park) – Open – Tea Garden will limit guests to 100 and set up one-way pathways to avoid congestion. Bathrooms and certain high-touch areas such as steep bridges will remain closed and masks are required for everyone. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Discount admission for SF residents. Free Hour for everyone, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 10am
  • Filoli Gardens – Peninsula (Woodside) – Open – The Garden, Estate trail, and historic House are open, but there is a one-way route through the garden. Social distancing and face coverings required.
  • 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.
  • The Gardens at Heather Farms – East Bay (Walnut Creek) – Open – Outdoor public garden areas open for visiting from sunrise to sunset, but indoor building and offices closed.
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden – East Bay (Berkeley) – Open – Open Daily, 12 – 5 pm. 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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