Anonymous Donors Make 21 S.F. Museums Admission Free


MicrosoftTeams-image   Landmark Visual Arts Weekend Celebrates the Reawakening and Revitalization of a City  

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art jointly announce San Francisco Free Museum Weekend, an inclusive celebration of the arts featuring 20 participating organizations, taking place Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2022.    “In these economically challenging and politically divided times, museums provide a critical place of discourse, reflection and inspiration. Increasing access to art spaces and removing barriers to experiencing art is crucial. We are delighted to collaborate with our peers in uplifting San Francisco’s dynamic arts ecosystem through this inaugural Free Museums Weekend,” Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.   San Francisco Free Museum Weekend is being fully underwritten by anonymous San Francisco-based donors to highlight the city’s vibrant arts and culture organizations and to drive attendance and free access to a multiplicity of cultural venues large and small that help make San Francisco extraordinary. Participating museums and nonprofit visual arts- based cultural institutions will open their doors free to the public on one of the two weekend days, determined by physical location, and will be compensated to offset the cost of foregoing admission fees.    As has been reported widely, San Francisco is among the last American cities to show signs of recovery after the closures of the pandemic’s height. Various partnerships have emerged to address these challenges. A common point of agreement is the strength of the cultural institutions of San Francisco. "The San Francisco Free Museum Weekend couldn't come at a better time," says Jay Xu, the Barbara Bass Bakar Director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. "As we remerge from the challenges of the past months, Bay Area museums are here to help our communities reconnect with each other and with the artists that inspire them. The Asian Art Museum is eager to partner with our peers across the City in welcoming all to experience the power of great art, sparking joy and offering moments of togetherness and meaning.”     The celebratory weekend will mark the reawakening and revitalization of a city that has long championed creativity, experimentation, and innovation. "This San Francisco-wide collaborative effort is a great testament to the vibrant, resilient, and boundary-pushing arts community here," said Christopher Bedford, Helen and Charles Schwab Director of SFMOMA. "We are grateful to join our peers in this communal celebration of the art, culture, and creativity that has long put San Francisco on the map."   San Francisco Museum Free Weekend visitors will be asked to reserve tickets through Eventbrite or as indicated on the central website.  A list of the over 20 participating organizations, free ticket reservations, along with additional information, can be found on a dedicated website at  * Special exhibition fees may apply.
    About the Asian Art Museum Located in the heart of San Francisco, the museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian and Asian American art, with more than 20,000 awe-inspiring works ranging from ancient jades and ceramics to contemporary video installations. Dynamic special exhibitions, cultural celebrations and public programs for all ages provide rich art experiences that unlock the past and spark questions about the future. Information: 415.581.3500 or   About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Together, the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park make up the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the largest public arts institution in the city. Both sit on the land of the Ramaytush Ohlone, the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. Opened in 1895, the de Young is home to American art from the 17th century through today, textile arts and costumes, African art, Oceanic art, arts of the Americas, and international contemporary art. Opened in 1924, the Legion of Honor showcases European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, ancient art, graphic arts, and contemporary art. Since 2019, thanks to the generosity of Diane B. Wilsey, the de Young and Legion of Honor offer free general admission to Bay Area residents every Saturday throughout the year. Admission is free to all visitors every first Tuesday of the month, in addition to several other free or reduced admission programs. The museums are open Tuesday - Sunday 9.30 am - 5.15 pm. For more information about admission and amenities at the museum, please visit and   About San Francisco Museum of Modern Art The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area. Its remarkable collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts is housed in a LEED Gold-certified building designed by the global architects Snøhetta and Mario Botta. In addition to seven gallery floors, SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of free, art-filled public space open to all.  Tickets available at    
Saturday December 3  Sunday December 4
Legion of Honor (FAMSF) Contemporary Jewish Museum
Cartoon Art Museum  Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of Craft and Design Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Walt Disney Family Museum Children’s Creativity Museum
California Academy of Sciences Asian Art Museum
GLBT Historical Society Museum  Exploratorium
American Bookbinders Museum  
Letterform Archive  
SF Camerawork   
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts   
Trulshen-Marmor Museum of the Eye  
Institute of Contemporary Art SF   
Minnesota Street Project   

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