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Museums Free Days

1st Tuesday of the month

  • • Asian Art Museum: One of the largest museums devoted exclusively to Asian art (Thurs. 1/2 price after 5 pm).
  • • Palace of Legion of Honor: European art collection in a gorgeous hilltop museum.
  • • Museum of Modern Art: A modern art leader with exhibitions from all around the world (Thurs. 1/2 price from 6-9 pm).
  • • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Avant garde performances and exhibits by up-and-coming artists.

1st Wednesday of the month

  • • Exploratorium: Museum of science and human perception with fun experiments.
  • • San Francisco Zoo: The largest zoological park in Northern California.
  • • Museum of Craft & Folk Art: Human expressions through contemporary art.
  • • California Academy of Sciences: A fun museum about natural history.

Free attractions

  • • Cable Car Museum: See the historic cable cars and the giant cables under the streets that pull them through the city.
  • • Chinese Culture Center: Contains Chinese American art, history and Chinese culture.
  • • Wells Fargo History Museum: A display of how the stage coach, Gold Rush and Pony Express shaped the West.
  • • Fort Point National Historic Site: The only brick fort on the west coast of the United States.

Bargain Bites

Places to eat and drink for $5 or less:

  • • Poetry and pizza at Escape from New York Pizza the 1st Friday of the month ($5) (333 Bush Street).
  • • Beer tasting after a tour of the San Francisco Brewery: $1 (North Beach).
  • • Cocktails and beers are $1 at the Holy Cow nightclub every Thursday (SoMA).
  • • Sunday barbecue at the Bottom of the Hill offers a lot of food for only $5 (Mission).

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