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The Exploratorium Hosts First "Free" Day in 3 YearsThe Exploratorium Hosts First “Free” Day in 3 Years
By - posted 5/8/2022
Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

The Exploratorium used to have several “pay what you wish” days each year, but they started to become rare even before the pandemic. This Sunday, the “Community Day” tradition returns for the first time since May 2019 in honor of Mother’s Day/Día de las Madres. Lots of free bilingual activities more...

Golden Gate Park's JFK Drive Now Car-Free ForeverGolden Gate Park’s JFK Drive Now Car-Free Forever
By - posted 4/27/2022
Bay Area Updates, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

On April 26, 2022 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Mayor Breed’s legislation to ensure John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park remain vehicle-free permanently. See the map of car-free JFK Drive. The legislation, co-sponsored by Supervisors Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, and Dean Preston, greenlights more than 40 improvements more...

Rare Painting On Display for First Time in 200 Years at SF's Legion of HonorRare Painting On Display for First Time in 200 Years at SF’s Legion of Honor
By - posted 3/24/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco

A rare painting by groundbreaking French artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist has recently been acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Benoist’s groundbreaking work Psyche Bidding Her Family Farewell, a rare painting still in existence from her early Neoclassical period, is one of just three paintings by the artist held in more...

YBCA is Finally Reopening & Celebrating w/ a Big Bash (March 25)YBCA is Finally Reopening & Celebrating w/ a Big Bash (March 25)
By - posted 3/7/2022
Celebrations, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Reopening, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is finally reopening its doors. To celebrate the occasion, they’re a “Reawakening Celebration” on March 25. RSVP to attend the party with food, drinks, dancing and music. The time has come for YBCA to reawaken our physical space, with a celebration on Friday, more...

SF's Amazing Immersive Art Show Ends February 28SF’s Amazing Immersive Art Show Ends February 28
By - posted 2/17/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco, Sponsored

Step into an experience like no other: at teamLab: Continuity, you become part of an interactive landscape of blooming flowers, darting fish, and soaring crows. Ends February 28, 2022 – Due to popular demand, teamLab: Continuity has been extended through Monday, Feb. 28. This is your last chance to experience this more...

SF's "Soapbox Derby" Returns for First Time Since 1978SF’s “Soapbox Derby” Returns for First Time Since 1978
By - posted 2/15/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, Fun & Games, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco

Witness Bay Area creativity in overdrive when SFMOMA’s Soapbox Derby returns to McLaren Park for the first time in more than 40 years. The original artists’ derbies from the 1970s are legendary events in our history. Between the two races in 1975 and 1978, the museum commissioned cars and trophies more...

"The Obama Portraits" Are Coming to SF's de Young Museum This Summer“The Obama Portraits” Are Coming to SF’s de Young Museum This Summer
By - posted 2/11/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s “The Obama Portraits Tour” will be coming to the de Young Museum. The exhibition will be on view June 18 – August 14, 2022. From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the official portraits of President Barack Obama and more...

California Academy of Sciences Will Start Requiring Boosters on Feb. 1California Academy of Sciences Will Start Requiring Boosters on Feb. 1
By - posted 1/27/2022
Bay Area Updates, COVID-19 Updates, Museums / Cultural Institutions

California Academy of Sciences has a new policy starting February 1, 2022. Although San Francisco has recently loosened its COVID health restrictions, the museum is taking a stricter approach. Cal Academy of Sciences New Booster Requirement For visits on February 1 and beyond, all guests ages 12+ must provide proof of full vaccination more...

Asian Art Museum’s New Exhibit “Seeing Gender” (Jan. 21 – Sept. 5)Asian Art Museum’s New Exhibit “Seeing Gender” (Jan. 21 – Sept. 5)
By - posted 1/21/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, LGBTQ+, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco, Sponsored

Seeing Gender is the museum’s first exhibition to explore the collection through the lens of gender. “Gender and sexuality are so central to conversations our society is having today, especially in the Bay Area. With its diverse holdings, the museum can make an important contribution to that dialogue,” explain the more...

SF Might Get Free Admission to Conservatory of Flowers & Japanese Tea GardenSF Might Get Free Admission to Conservatory of Flowers & Japanese Tea Garden
By - posted 1/12/2022
Brand New, Freebies, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco, Parks & Beaches

Mayor London N. Breed today proposed legislation to make admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden free for San Francisco residents. The proposal, which will go before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on January 26, would remove resident admission fees at both attractions, opening more...

SF is Home to the Oldest Aquarium Fish in the WorldSF is Home to the Oldest Aquarium Fish in the World
By - posted 1/10/2022
Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco

Thanks to ABC7 and BoingBoing for sharing the news that the oldest living aquarium fish in the world resides right here in San Francisco. Methuselah, an Australian lungfish who’s at least 90 years old, lives at the California Academy of Sciences. In 1938, Methuselah arrived by boat from Queensland, Australia to her more...

SF Cartoon Museum Hosts Weird Art from HBO's "Last Week Tonight"SF Cartoon Museum Hosts Weird Art from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”
By - posted 1/4/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco

By Kiley Russell, Bay City News Foundation If you’re a fan of neckties, Wendy Williams or depictions of lustful rodents, San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be your happy place for most of January. Starting Tuesday, January 4, 2022 and running until Jan. 25, the museum will be home to “The Last more...

SF's Brand New Pop-Up "The Museum at The Cliff" OpensSF’s Brand New Pop-Up “The Museum at The Cliff” Opens
By - posted 10/25/2021
Brand New, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

It’s officially open! After the Cliff House shut down in 2020, Come visit a brand new 6-month pop-up museum The Museum at The Cliff to learn about the Cliff House, Sutro Baths, and the surrounding area 1090 Point Lobos Ave in the former Cliff House Gift Shop. The Museum at The Cliff October more...

Final Block of Tix Just Released for SF's "teamLab: Continuity"Final Block of Tix Just Released for SF’s “teamLab: Continuity”
By - posted 10/21/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Museums / Cultural Institutions, San Francisco

Plan ahead for the holidays. This your final chance to see one of SF’s most engaging and inspiriting immersive art experiences. The Asian Art Museum just announced their final block of tickets for teamLab: Continuity goes on sale today, October 21, 2021. Step into an experience like no other: at teamLab: more...

OMCA's New Free Outdoor Lunch Performance Series Kicks Off Oct. 16OMCA’s New Free Outdoor Lunch Performance Series Kicks Off Oct. 16
By - posted 10/14/2021
Brand New, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Oakland

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) today announces a new, free program series open to the public this October through December. After reopening its campus in June following 15 months of closure, this series will be the Museum’s first in-person program, and its first public program held in the newly more...