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Free Must-See Museums in San Francisco

February 6, 2020
golden gate bridge with foliage in front

The traditional role of museums remains unaltered due to its immense importance for collecting, preserving, and presenting a wide variety of cultural, religious, and historical artifacts. Even though museums are usually not that cheap, there are plenty of spots offering free admission and grant visitors the opportunity to enjoy collections reflecting local culture.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

San Francisco is renowned for its diverse cultural aspects, including music, cuisine, architecture, and museums. Since museums can depict features of the entire culture, tourists are especially willing to visit them. Along with that, the existence of free museums makes it pretty convenient for visitors to learn more about local cultural patterns.

This article provides several must-see museums in San Francisco that admit visitors completely for free.

San Francisco Fire Department Museum

655 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115

Opened in memory of the firefighters who were killed in the line of duty, the San Francisco Fire Department Museum is a museum operating by volunteers. The museum offers free access to the exquisite collection and various events throughout the year. It is open for four days (Thursday-Sunday) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm but the schedule can be modified since the working hours are entirely dependent upon the availability of the volunteers. The museum represents a perfect spot that tells the engrossing history of the City and County of San Francisco.

San Francisco Camerawork

1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Intending to provoke and exchange the discovery via diverse exhibitions, San Francisco Camerawork is a non-profit art gallery established in 1974. The museum is devoted to promoting innovative photography through hosting a wide variety of events with the involvement of influential artists. The principal goal of the gallery is to feature challenging art pieces and advance the understanding of photography in society. In case if you are willing to see some inclusive, innovative, and thought-provoking photographs in San Francisco, this is a perfect place for you to start with.

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum

965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

The Chinese Historical Society of America is the oldest museum in the country (founded in 1963) that aims to preserve, interpret, and promote different aspects of contributions of the Chinese in America. The museum offers free admission to public exhibitions, publications, and educational programs that feature the social, political, and cultural history of the legacy of the Chinese in America. Therefore, if you are interested in the influence of Chinese people to American cultural norms, this is a wonderful place for you.

The Mexican Museum

Currently located at the Fort Mason Center in Building D, San Francisco, CA
The museum will be moved to its permanent home in Yerba Buena Gardens soon

The Mexican Museum is dedicated to the representation of the culture of Mexico and Mexican-Americans. Moreover, the museum aims to feature the development of cultural patterns of Mexican, Chicano, Hispanic, Mexican-American, and Latino people. The main goal of the founder of the museum, Peter Rodriguez, was to collect, preserve, and expand the collection reflecting the cultural reality of the people mentioned earlier. Since San Francisco is heavily influenced by Mexican society, this museum is an absolute best place to learn more about their cultural norms and patterns for free.

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