Photo: © Henrik Kam

First Thursdays + Free Days at SFMOMA

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, SFMOMA offers regularly scheduled free days and guests 18 and younger always enjoy free admission to the museum. We regularly update this page with upcoming dates and activities, but you can also sign up for our newsletter to be notified when new events, exhibitions, and activities are announced.

First Thursdays at SFMOMA

All residents of the nine Bay Area counties are invited to spend a day at the museum on us! From 1–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Bay Area residents can enjoy SFMOMA’s galleries filled with lively and inspiring art and related events — for free.

Tickets and event details become available about two weeks in advance, and reserving online is highly encouraged. Limit two adult tickets per reservation. Qualifying counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Upcoming Dates/Programs

December 1, 2022
1–8 p.m.

This holiday season, support the Bay Area creative community by shopping the Small Press Book Bazaar featuring local presses, zine publishers, artists, and more!

First Thursdays September–December
5:30 p.m.

Every First Thursday from September through December, stop by the Wattis Theater to see a screening of Moving a Masterpiece, which documents the incredible four-year project involved with transporting Diego Rivera’s largest portable mural, Pan American Unity, from City College of San Francisco (CCSF) to SFMOMA.

First Thursdays in October, November, and December is sponsored by The North Face.

Major support is provided by the Hearst Foundations, illy, and United Airlines.

Generous support is provided by Nancy and Alan Schatzberg and Kay Harrigan Woods.

Additional support is provided by the Kelson Foundation, Susan Swig, and Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

Free Family Days at SFMOMA

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at SFMOMA! These special days include art-making activities for the whole family in our Koret Education Center, located on Floor 2, plus additional activities and activations. Admission to the museum is free for up to four adults accompanying one child or teen (eighteen and younger). For more information on Free Family Day, see our FAQ. Stay updated on all upcoming family programming by signing up for emails from SFMOMA’s Family Newsletter!

Our next Free Family Day is Sunday, January 8: Joan Brown Around Town

This exciting day is all about legendary local artist Joan Brown! We’ll have artmaking, storytelling, songs, and games inspired by Brown’s colorful life, work, and the city she called home. We’re also thrilled to feature storytime from our friends at the San Francisco Public Library, as well as a very special guest appearance by the Bay Area chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour! We’ll have drop-in artmaking and a scavenger hunt, too — don’t miss it!

Take a sneak peek at the exhibition and learn more about Joan Brown here.

Support for Free Family Days is provided by the John & Marcia Goldman Family Free Sundays Endowment Fund and The Hearst Foundations.

Diego Rivera, The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent (Pan American Unity), 1940. © Banco de México Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico D.F. / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: courtesy City College of San Francisco.


SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces that are open to the public, no ticket required. Check out what’s currently on view in our always free-to-see area, including poignant mural commissions by local artists and Diego Rivera’s monumental mural created in the Bay Area in 1940.