Visit a Museum for Free in August

July 31, 2017

Bay Area Discovery MuseumThe Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is free on the first Wednesday of the month.

Did you know you can visit most of the Bay Area's major museums and cultural attractions for free every month? Just about all museums have one day a month set aside as a free day. They all aren't on the same day, too, so if you plan it right you can take in several museum outings without having to pay a thing.

Note that most museums charge for admission to special exhibitions and usually only the special exhibition fee is charged on free days; see details with each museum listing in our ultimate guide to San Francisco Bay Area museum free days below.

Also, groups are generally not admitted on free days; check with each museum for their free day group policy.

First Tuesday of the Month—August 1

First Wednesday of the Month—August 2

First Thursday of the Month—August 3

Every Friday

  • de Young Museum—Free general admission on Fridays from 5–8:30 pm through August 18

Bank of America Museums on Us—August 5 & 6

Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month. Present your card and a photo ID for admission (one free general admission per cardholder). Get full details here. Participating museums include:

First Sunday of the Month—August 6

Second Tuesday of the Month—August 8

If you can't make it to the museum on any of these free days, don't worry—the Marin County Free Library offers Discover & Go museum passes for patrons to check out. These passes provide free or discounted admission at many San Francisco Bay Area museums, including the Asian Art Museum, the Lawrence Hall of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, and more. You can even log in with your library card number and print a pass online! You can also check out passes to the Bay Area Discovery Museum at your local Library. Visit their website for more information.