Anonymous donors are helping to make 21 different arts museums in San Francisco free for a weekend.

The two-day event will take place over the weekend of December 3 and 4. The San Francisco Free Museum Weekend was created in collaboration by the Asian Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Several anonymous donors are underwriting the entire event, ensuring none of the participating institutions will suffer a financial loss due to it.

“The San Francisco Free Museum Weekend couldn’t come at a better time,” said Jay Xu, the director and CEO of the Asian Art Museum. “As we re-emerge from the challenges of the past months, Bay Area museums are here to help our communities reconnect with each other and with the artists that inspire them.”

Participating Museums:

December 3rd:
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Young Museum and Legion of Honor
Cartoon Art Museum
Museum of Craft and Design
Walt Disney Family Museum
California Academy of Sciences
GLBT Historical Society Museum
American Bookbinders Museum
Letterform Archive
SF Camerawork
McEvoy Foundation for the Ats
Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye
Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco and thee Minnesota Street Project

December 4th:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
– Including special exhibitions on painters Diego Rivera and Joan Brown
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Museum of African Diaspora
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Children’s Creativity Museum
Asian Art Museum
– Including celebration of painter Bernice Bing

“In these economically challenging and politically divided times, museums provide a critical place of discourse, reflection and inspiration,” said Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in a statement. “Increasing access to art spaces and removing barriers to experiencing art is crucial.”

Tickets should be reserved in advance, as the event is anticipated to be very popular. Tickets can be reserved here. Hosts ask that only people who genuinely expect to be able to attend please reserve tickets.

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