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21 San Francisco Museums Are FREE This Weekend

Updated: Dec 07, 2022 18:16
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This weekend is dubbed San Francisco Free Museum Weekend. On December 3rd and 4th you’ll be able to visit 21 featured museums and organizations at no cost to you.

The weekend of art was sponsored by anonymous donors who wanted to bring vibrancy back into the SF art scene at no loss to the spaces that are participating.

A Rainforest in California. Image: California Academy of Sciences

The basics you need to know:

Where: 21 locations across San Francisco
Note: Tickets for many locations are sold out currently BUT a few tickets will be available day-of on their website.

The way this event has been organized is unique in that each day has different locations participating.

Some of the participating locations on December 3rd:

GLBT Historical Society Museum
Legion of Honor (FAMSF)
California Academy of Sciences
deYoung (FAMSF)

Here are some participating locations on December 4th:
Asian Art Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


This event comes off the heels of The New York Times stating that the SF art scene is dying and lives in the shadow of LA’s art scene. Since, artists, gallery owners and museums within San Francisco have commented that they don’t agree; pushing back on the New York Times’ assessment.

“If I had a nickel for every time people said the cultural scene in San Francisco was dead for the past 25 years, I’d be a very rich man,” said Chad Coerver, executive director of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in a Datebook story.

This weekend’s nearly sold out free gallery weekend is one testament to how much we all love art within The Bay Area. But other events, such as Illuminate SF, BART Basel and even new galleries popping up in small theaters point to a thriving, playful, inventive and unique art scene. 

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Katy Atchison

Katy Atchison

Katy is a professional smiling machine raised in The Bay Area since the age of 3. While other kids were attending summer camp & soccer practice, she was raised selling wares at craft shows with her working artist parents and spent vacations in a small 1920s Montana log cabin. This has all given her a unique perspective on the ever-changing texture of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area. Currently a blend of all that is The Bay Area - she's a web designer at a tech-company, artist and DIY teacher.

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