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This Summer, Public Benefits Recipients Can Visit San Francisco Museums for Free

From June 1 to September 2, San Francisco residents who are EBT or Medi-Cal cardholders will receive free admission to over 15 of the city’s museums and cultural institutions.

Installation view of Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

This summer, San Francisco residents who receive public benefits will be eligible for free admission to over 15 of the city’s museums and cultural institutions.

Yesterday, May 22, Mayor London N. Breed announced the “San Francisco Museums for All” program, a citywide push to increase the number of locals in the museum’s halls and bolster cultural accessibility. Nearly one in four San Fransisco residents (over 210,000 individuals) receive public benefits. To receive free admission for up to four people, one has to provide their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or Medi-Cal card and proof of residence (including but not limited to a student ID, San Francisco Public Library card, city ID, or recent rent receipt).

“All San Franciscans, regardless of their income, should have access to the art and culture institutions that San Francisco has to offer,” Breed said in a statement. “This partnership will ensure that no one is priced-out, and help provide opportunities for our children to remain engaged even when school is out for the summer.”

The program will run June 1 to September 2, with no limit to the number of institutions or times eligible participants can visit. See the full list of participating museums and cultural centers:

  • Asian Art Museum
  • Botanical Garden
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Cartoon Museum
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • de Young Museum
  • Japanese Tea Garden
  • Legion of Honor
  • Museum of the African Diaspora
  • Museum of Craft and Design
  • Presidio Trust
  • Randall Museum
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Walt Disney Museum
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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