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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 noon–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.

SPECIAL OFFER from First Thursdays major sponsor, illy: All visitors on First Thursdays can enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY cup of illy drip coffee at Steps Coffee (while supplies last), our coffee bar on Floor 2 in Schwab Hall. Steps Coffee will be open until 6:00 p.m. To redeem your offer, use the voucher that you will receive along with your pre-visit email from SFMOMA or at the visitor desk when you get your tickets onsite at the museum.

Upcoming Dates/Programs

August 1, 2024
Noon–8 p.m.

To kick off the closing month of Art of Noise, join us for a special event in the Floor 4 White Box, Breaking Sound: Lars Ulrich and 40 Years with TAMA Drums at which Metallica’s Lars Ulrich’s seven-piece 2017 Hardwired… To Self-Destruct purple sparkle drum kit will be on view and available for a selection of guest drummers — and the public — to play throughout the day. One day only!

Plus, while you are downtown, check out Downtown First Thursday, a new monthly neighborhood street party over on 2nd Street!

Presenting support for First Thursdays is provided by Penny S. and James G. Coulter.

Major support for First Thursdays is provided by Concepción S. and Irwin Federman.

Significant support is provided by illy.

Additional support is provided by the 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.

Upcoming Free Family Days

September 8, 2024

The September Free Family Day activities will be inspired by Creative Growth: The House That Art Built. Check back later this summer for more details.

Lead support for Free Family Days is provided by the Koret Foundation.

Koret Logo updated

Presenting support is provided by Penny S. and James G. Coulter.

Major support is provided by the Hearst Foundations.

Meaningful support is provided by the John & Marcia Goldman Family Free Sundays Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by Kevin Perkins and Maggie Rothschild and Geoffrey and Priscilla Weber.


Free Community Days

Free Community Days offer free museum-wide admission to all visitors. Combined with a wide range of immersive activities and performances inspired by the latest SFMOMA exhibition, these Free Community Days highlight the extraordinary creativity of local artists and community organizations. Mark your calendar for the next one, and enjoy a unique opportunity to learn, create, and connect with fellow community members!

Upcoming Free Community Days

October 20, 2024

October Community Day activities will celebrate the opening of the Get in the Game exhibition. Check back closer to the event for more details.


Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Strips of Stripes, (installation view) 2023; photo: Don Ross

Always Free to See

SFMOMA offers 45,000 square feet of art-filled public spaces that are open to the public. Check out what’s currently on view in our always free-to-see area, including poignant mural commissions by local artists.