Photo: Adam Jacobs

Culture for Community: Free Day

Thursday, February 20, 2020

10 a.m.–9 p.m.


Reserve your tickets now.

SFMOMA is opening the museum free of charge all day on Thursday, February 20, and participating in the Culture for Community initiative — a coalition of more than a dozen Yerba Buena neighborhood arts and cultural institutions offering a community day of free admission. Enjoy exhibitions, activities, and events at participating organizations uniting on this day and celebrating Black History Month.

Don’t miss out! Admission is free, but an RSVP is highly encouraged. When you reserve, you’ll also be entered to win a one-year SFMOMA membership. Limit two adult tickets per reservation. Children 18 and younger always get into SFMOMA free.

Enjoy a day of exhibitions and events — from vibrant, moving portraits by photographer Dawoud Bey and screenings of films by Nicole Miller and Rashaad Newsome, to hourly gallery tours, an interactive LiDAR experience presented by Cruise, and family story time hosted by the San Francisco Public Library. Celebrate Black History Month, relax in the airy galleries or take in the largest Living Wall in the U.S.

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

Make a day of it! Visit other Culture for Community partners, all of which are offering free admission. Scroll down to see a list of participating organizations.


11 a.m.—7 p.m. | Hourly Spotlight Tours

  • 11 a.m. | Dawoud Bey, Floor 3
  • 12 noon | Black Portraiture, Floor 5
  • 1 p.m. | Local Heroes: SECA Art Award, Floor 2
  • 2 p.m. | Museum Intercommunity Exchange, Floor 5
  • 3 p.m. | Julie Mehretu, Floor 1
  • 4 p.m. | Dawoud Bey, Floor 3
  • 5 p.m. | Black Portraiture, Floor 5
  • 6 p.m. | Local Heroes: SECA Art Award, Floor 2
  • 7 p.m. | Museum Intercommunity Exchange, Floor 5


Koret Educational Center, Floor 2

11 a.m. | Storytime
Join us as we read together about Black History Month! Fun for the entire family, from infants to grandparents. Brought to you by the San Francisco Public Library.


Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Shade Composition
Rashaad Newsome
50 min

7 p.m. | Screening 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.


White Box, Floor 4

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Rashaad Newsome, continuous screening

Culture for Community Partners

Visit these Culture for Community partners offering free admission.

  • California Historical Society
  • Children’s Creativity Museum
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • SF Camerawork
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • 111 Minna Gallery

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 is provided by Martha and Bruce Atwater, Cruise, and Concepción S. and Irwin Federman. Generous support is provided by the Hao Family. Meaningful support is provided by The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.