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Best Activities Lindy lessons in GG park and Union Square. ( Once-a-month Sea Chanteys on Hyde Pier ( Free docent led tours of the botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park ( Free movies at the MOMA (When there is a movie playing at the MOMA theater, anyone can walk in for free as it is on the first floor (along with the cafe and gift shop) and you only need a ticket to go to the upper floors. I think it is either 2PM or 3 PM daily when they are screening. Art Gallery Open Houses: In San Francisco, this is held the first Thursday of the month and includes all galleries who are members of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association ( In Oakland, the first Friday of the month is Artmurmr (

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Here's a compendium of all the days the various museums in the Bay Area are free... For the most part remember FIRST WEEK OF EVERY MONTH!!

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Museum of Craft and Folk Art 51 Yerba Buena Lane First Tuesday of every month free.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission St. at 3rd Galleries are free the first Tuesday of every month.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (closes 545 ) 151 Third St. between Mission and Howard First Tuesday of each month free.

The de Young Museum 930-530 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive First Tuesday of each month free.

Legion of Honor 930-5 Lincoln Park in the Presidio First Tuesday of each month free.

Conservatory of Flowers John F. Kennedy Dr. in Golden Gate First Tuesday of each month free.

Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St. between Fulton and McAllister First Tuesday of Every month free.

California Academy of Sciences 875 Howard Street First Wednesday of every month free.

Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission St. The first Tuesday of every calendar month is "Pay What You Wish Day."

First Wednesday – California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, Mexican Museum, Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco African American Museum and San Francisco > Zoo.

Museo ItaloAmericano Fort Mason Center Building C Free the first Wednesday of every month.

Exploratorium hours 10-5 3601 Lyon St. First Wednesday of each month free. Groups of 10 or more require reservations.

San Francisco Zoo open 10-5 Sloat Blvd. at 47th Ave. First Wednesday of every month free.

First Thursday - Chinese Historical Society of America, Pez Museum (Burlingame) and the San > Francisco Museum of Craft & Design.

The Chinese Historical Society of America 965 Clay Street First Thursday of the month is free.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum 121 Steuart Street between Mission and Howard Third Monday of each month free.

Second Saturdays: Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito). Second Sundays: Oakland Museum of California.

Third Mondays: Contemporary Jewish Museum.

All Thursdays: Hearst Museum of Anthropology (Berkeley).

Free public tours: San Francisco City Hall, Contemporary Jewish Museum (12:30 p.m. Sun. and Wed.), Gold Rush Trail, San Francisco City Guides, San Francisco Botanical Garden, others.

Always free: African-American Museum and Library (Oakland), Cable Car Museum, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Chinese Cultural Center, Maritime Museum, Mills College Art Museum (Oakland), Museum of Children's Art Oakland, Museum of the City of San Francisco, Octagon House, Presidio Museum, Randall Museum, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco Fire Museum, Takara Sake USA Museum (Berkeley), Triton Museum (Santa Clara).

Sometimes free: Habitot, including Oct. 6 (Mooncake Festival) and Oct. 8 (Indigenous People's Day).

Free, but coin-operated: Musée Mécanique.

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