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Free Museum Days for 200,000 SF Residents This Summer

Once museums open this summer, SF’s “Museums for All” program gives free/discount admission to low-income families
By - posted 6/24/2020 No Comment

The city of San Francisco is launching the second year of the Museums for All program to provide free summer admission to 15+  local museums and cultural institutions for all San Francisco residents who receive public benefits. Last year 25,000 people participated in the program

When are museums opening? Museums are allowed by the city to open on June 29th, but none have formally announced openings yet except for the San Francisco Botanical Garden (which opened on June 1st). See the current list of open museums

Full 2020 details are not yet available. Based on what happened in 2019, museums with free admission may include the de Young, SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum, with the California Academy of Sciences offering $3 admission. See the full list of participating museums.

San Francisco Museums for All
Summer 2020 once museums open (Last year ran through 9/2/19)
15+ museums and cultural institutions in SF
FREE or discounted general admission for those who receive public benefits
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  • Required: Bring a benefits card (either EBT or Medi-Cal ID) plus proof of San Francisco residency
  • There is no limit to the number of locations or times you can visit
  • Free admission up to four individuals
  • Most museums offer free admission, others may offer heavily discounted admission

The San Francisco Museums for All program will provide free admission throughout the summer to residents who receive public benefits including Medi-Cal and CalFresh.

The program, builds on Mayor Breed’s commitment to provide equitable access to the City’s resources and institutions. Nearly one in four San Franciscans receive these benefits and can visit museums free of charge through this program.

Who can access museums through San Francisco Museums for All?
Any San Francisco resident who is currently enrolled in CalFresh, Medi-Cal, or cash assistance benefits through the San Francisco Human Services Agency is eligible for the free admission program.

Accepted proof of residency:

  • California Driver’s license or Real ID card
  • San Francisco City ID card
  • San Francisco student or college/university ID card
  • San Francisco Public Library card
  • Utility bill from a San Francisco address within the last 30 days
  • Current rent receipt, lease agreement, or mortgage statement

What museums are participating in 2020?
Please note that opening dates and costs (whether free or $3) for 2020 has not been announced yet. In 2019 all museums were free except for the California Academy of Sciences which offered $3 admission

Asian Art Museum
Cable Car Museum
California Academy of Sciences
Cartoon Art Museum
Children’s Creativity Museum
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
Chinese Historical Society of America
Conservatory of Flowers
de Young Museum
GLBT Historical Society Museum
Legion of Honor Museum
Museum of Craft and Design
Museum of the African Diaspora
Randall Museum
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
San Francisco Railway Museum
SF Recreation & Parks Japanese Tea Garden
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Presidio
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

What is included in admission through San Francisco Museums for All?
General admission access for up to four individuals is included. Special exhibits or additional programs that are not included in a museum’s general admission fees is not included.