JR: The Chronicles of San Francisco, 2019 (installation view, SFMOMA);
photo: © Matthew Millman Photography


Culture for Community: Free Day

Thursday, September 19, 2019

10 a.m.–9 p.m.


Reserve your tickets now.

For the second time this year, SFMOMA is opening the museum free of charge all day on Thursday, September 19, as part of the Culture for Community initiative — a coalition of more than a dozen Yerba Buena neighborhood arts and cultural institutions. Enjoy exhibitions, activities, and events at participating organizations uniting on this day in celebrating the importance of connections between generations.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are free, but an RSVP is highly encouraged. Book now and make sure you’ve got a spot for September 19. When you reserve, you’ll be entered to win a one-year SFMOMA membership. Limit two adult tickets per reservation. Children 18 and younger always get into SFMOMA free.

Relax in the airy galleries or take in the largest Living Wall in the U.S. Bring your friends along to enjoy SFMOMA’s seven floors of lively and inspiring artworks.  From a massive digital mural of San Francisco citizens by the artist JR to the deep look at the history of photography “mistakes” in Don’t!, enjoy the full breadth of the museum all day. Stay tuned for details about SFMOMA’s events for the day, including spotlight tours, films, happy hours, and even some intergenerational salsa making!

Pack light; coat check will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Floor 2

11 a.m.—7 p.m. | Hourly Spotlight Tours
A suite of tours highlighting contemporary and 20th-century artists, including Diego Rivera, JR, Agnes Martin, Mark Bradford, and more, inspired by the theme of intergenerational connections.

  • 11 a.m. | Diego Rivera
  • 12 noon | JR
  • 1 p.m. | Agnes Martin/Mark Bradford
  • 2 p.m. | Erin Shirreff
  • 3 p.m. | Gerhard Richter
  • 4 p.m. | Diego Rivera
  • 5 p.m. | Agnes Martin/Mark Bradford
  • 6 p.m. | JR
  • 7 p.m. | Joan Mitchell


Koret Educational Center, Floor 2

11 a.m. | Storytime
Hosted by the San Francisco Public Library

6 p.m. | Salsa-Making Workshop
Hosted by the San Francisco Public Library


Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. | Screenings of Nicole Miller’s To the Stars
Nicole Miller, To the Stars, 2019; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
60 min

Generous support for Nicole Miller’s To the Stars is provided by Marjory Graue and Martin Bloes.

Meaningful support is provided by Wayee Chu and Ethan Beard.


3 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Films on the Theme of Intergenerational Connection
LA CASA TRISTE (The Sad House)
Dir: Sofia Carillo, 2013, 13 min
*La Casa Triste will precede Mamasita

Dir: Jose Pablo Estrada Torrescano, 2018, 75 min


White Box, Floor 4

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The group show (Inter)Generations, featuring films and videos by Barbara Hammer, Desiree Holman, Anne McGuire, INVASORIX, Guy Ben-Nur, Dennis Oppenheim, and Barbara Hammer with Joey Carducci.

Culture for Community Partners

Visit these Culture for Community partners offering free admission, as well as participating restaurants offering discounts on meals. See a list of participating organizations and restaurants here, or scroll down.

  • 111 Minna Gallery
  • The American Bookbinders Museum in collaboration with The Mexican Museum of San Francisco
  • California Historical Society
  • Children’s Creativity Museum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Crown Point Press
  • Mirus Gallery
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • SF Travel
  • SPUR
  • Yerba Buena Alliance
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Participating Restaurants

  • Novela
  • B Bar
  • Trace at W Hotel
  • Pizzeria Delfina
  • Oren’s Hummus
  • Palette
  • MaSo at the Park Central Hotel
  • Thirsty Bear
  • Cafe 5 at SFMOMA
  • In Situ at SFMOMA
  • Sightglass at SFMOMA

Membership giveaway rules

A unique group of of Yerba Buena district institutions coming together in the spirit of community building and collaboration.

Major support for SFMOMA Free Community Days are provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater and Concepción S. and Irwin Federman. Generous support is provided by the Hao Family.

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