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Yerba Buena Art Walk, and its FREE

13 museums, galleries and institutions open for FREE for this special day. 

  • DATE: Saturday June 17
  • TIME: 2-6 p.m.
  • AND….. AFTER PARTY 6-9 p.m.

The Yerba Buena Alliance proudly presents the Yerba Buena Art Walk

Explore the heard of downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood at 12 locations open for FREE.

This is a GREAT area to walk in, so much to see and do! You’ll love the museums – each is different, creative and awe-inspiring!  — the editor

Win prizes from each institution. Collect stamps from each Art Walk location in your Yerba Buena Passport at the TechShop Even Gallery featuring live band Positively Space Music. Grand Prize winners must be present to win

Schedule of Events

Pre Event Art Walk Reception
12:00-2:00 pm
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
1:00-2:30 pm
M.A.K.U. SoundSystem
A Party for the People

Free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets

2:00-6:00 pm
12 locations, 13 institutions

Art Walk After Party and Prize Drawing
Tech Shop Event Gallery
910 Howard Street
6:00-9:00 pm

Prize Drawing at 6:45 pm
Featuring Positively Space Music
(Bob Bralove, Henry Kaiser, Chris Muir)

  1. 111 Minna Gallery
    111 Minna Street
  2. American Bookbinders Museum
    In collaboration with The Mexican Museum
    355 Clementina Street
    Bookbindersmuseum.org, mexicanmuseum.org
  3. California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
  4. Mirus Gallery
    540 Howard Street
  5. Museum of Performance + Design
    893B Folsom Street
  6. Museum of the African Diaspora
    685 Mission Street
  7. SFMOMA (until 5pm)
    151 3rd Street
    Free admission only inlcudes acess to the pbulic spaces
  8. SPUR
    654 Mission Street
  9. TechShop
    926 Howard Street
  10. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    736 Mission Street
  11. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
  12. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    Inside Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Street

Museums – Enter a New World

There are so many museum late nights and weekend activities it may be hard to keep track of the details. Here is a little help on finding the artistic, low cost, fun that is at your doorstep:

My favorites first: 

3rd Thursday in Yerba Buena – Downtown SF museums are open late and free or low cost. Special events are often scheduled. The list includes, MOAD The African Diaspora, SF MOMA, The Contemporary Jewish Heritage Museum, CA Historical Society and the Yerba Buena museum. Often Printers, galleries and local shops often join in.

San Jose Museum of Art – just right size, one of the best museums, their late nights are Wednesdays and have a rotating exhibits and  variety.

Asian Art Museum – spectacular space, many weekend family events, The cultural variety between Asia, India, cultures, countries, art, textiles, prints and expressions is inspiring and thought-provoking. Late nights on Thursday until 9pm (from Feb – September – make sure to check exact late dates!)

links to many museums:

International Museum Day:  On May 8  many museums open their doors in the world! It’s the acknowledgement of the importance of museums, with events all over the globe.

San Francisco Bay Area Museums and free days!   (some links are old but most work, just haven’t had time to clean it up.)

Not part of museums, but the variety and location of San Francisco Public Open Spaces is growing and such a relief from the hustle-bustle. These spaces are nice for lunch, or people watching. The sites are dotted all over the city and contain, benches, art, plants and spots to relax and re-energize.

Enjoy your Bay Area Museums!

Free Museum Days  around  San Francisco Bay Area
And also Special Late Hours.
Asian Art Museum
Free – first Sunday of every month.
Autodesk Gallery
Free – always. Limited hours, but you can arrange for a tour. A spectacular and diverse collection of design, innovation and whimsy. Special Late nights once a month, with a charge of $25 which includes food, a speaker, and new exhibits.
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Free – first Wednesday of every month.
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Free – first Thursday of every month.
$7 – after 5pm every Friday
Burlingame Pez Museum
Free – first Thursday of every month.
Cable Car Museum
Free – always.
California Academy of Sciences
Free – check calendar, SF resident days vary check calendar. Has one “late night” every month.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Free – always. Late Nights on Thursdays.
Cartoon Art Museum
Pay What You Wish – first Tuesday of every month. Maybe closed or moved.
Chabot Space & Science Center
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
***Check Out SF Family Pass
Free – always, SF Public Library card holders check out the Family Pass for free admission to 24 attractions.
Children’s Creativity Museum
Free – check calendar.
Chinese Historical Society of America
Free – first Thursday of every month.
Conservatory of Flowers
Free – first Tuesday of every month.
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Free – first Tuesday of every month, check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
$5 – after 5pm every Thursday.
de Young
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
Free – check calendar.
Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco
Free – every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-10am.
Legion of Honor
Free – first Tuesday of every month, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
Marin History Museum
Free – always.
Musee Mecanique
Free – always.
Museo ItaloAmericano
Free – always.
Museum of the African Diaspora
Free – check calendar. Part of the 3rd Thursdays in Yerba Buena, a spectacular 3 story museum.
Museum of Anthropology
Free – closed until summer 2014 for renovations.
Free – first Sunday of every month.
Free – always. Has a few great classes on the weekends as time/staff permit.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Free – every morning 7:30-9am, second Tuesday of every month, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.
SF Camerawork
Free – always.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Fee. Part of the 3rd Thursdays in Yerba Buena- on that day open after 5pm and free.
SFO Museum
Free – always. Rotating exhibits, well coordinated and beautifully staged, along the concourse.
San Francisco Zoo
Free – check calendar (residents only).
San Jose Museum of Art
Free – check calendar, first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders.
$5 – after 5pm third Thursday of every month.
San Mateo County History Museum
Free – first Friday of every month.
Sake Museum
Free – always.
Tech Museum of Innovation
Free – first full weekend of every month for Bank of America Card Holders, 1/2 price admission last hour of every day. Has one “late night” every month.
Wells Fargo History Museum
Free – many special events and activities for children.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Free – first Tuesday of every month.
Thanks Cindy for sharing this!