City Offers Free Summer Museum Admission to Low-Income Residents

Reminder: Many of San Francisco's museums have free monthly admission year-round.

San Francisco residents receiving public benefits will be able to visit more than 15 city museums for free during the summer under a new initiative by Mayor London Breed.

Breed announced a “San Francisco Museums for All” program on Wednesday, offering low-income residents receiving benefits like Medi-Cal and CalFresh free admission to museums during the summer. From June 1 to Sept. 2, nearly one in four San Franciscans who receive these benefits will have access to their own city’s cultural institutions visited by flocks of tourists.

“All San Franciscans, regardless of their income, should have access to the art and culture institutions that San Francisco has to offer,” Breed said in a statement. “This partnership will ensure that no one is priced-out, and help provide opportunities for our children to remain engaged even when school is out for the summer.”

Museum visits can set back a family of four by up to $150. But as long as they bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or Medi-Cal ID card along with proof of residence — a student ID, recent utility bill, or San Francisco Public Library card will do — they can receive four tickets. The Mayor’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, and Human Services Agency put together the program.

Participating institutions go as follows: Asian Art Museum, Cartoon Art Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, Museum of the African Diaspora, Museum of Craft and Design, Presidio Trust, Randall Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and some ticketed Rec and Parks gardens.

Though the summer program applies to San Francisco residents receiving public benefits, many of the museums included offer free admission once a month, year-round


Correction: An earlier version of this story included the Walt Disney Museum as one of the museums in the program. We regret the error.

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