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The De Young Museum Free Days + Discounts

Updated: September 13, 2023
 By Britt

This post provides information about the de Young Museum in San Francisco, including ticket prices, free days, discounts, and what you'll find in the museum.

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While this section will provide very basic information about general admission, you'll find more details on our post covering tickets to the De Young Museum.

General Admission


This section lists the various discounts and deals that are available for the De Young Museum.

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

If you're going to visit more than one museum or attraction in San Francisco, purchasing an attraction discount pass could help you save money and time on entrance fees.

Visitors who want to see it all in a short amount of time could get the best value out of an all-inclusive pass, which includes admission to dozens of popular attractions and activities over a specified amount of time.

Here are just a handful of the other notable locations you can visit at no extra cost using one of these services:

  • Exploratorium
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not
  • Walt Disney Family Museum
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • And more!

The De Young Museum is currently featured on these San Francisco tourist passes:

Bank of America Museums on Us

Visitors who have a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card and matching identification will get one FREE admission ticket on the Sunday of the first full weekend every month.

This discount is available in person only, and subject to availability. You should plan to arrive early in the day.

Public Transportation Discount

Bring proof of purchase from any Bay Area transportation system such as BART, Muni, Caltrain, and others to receive $2 off your ticket prices. Available in person only.

Free Saturdays for All

Every visitor from the Bay Area will receive free general admission every Saturday of each month. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions still applies.

Student Discount

If you are a current student, bring your valid student ID for $6 admission.

Senior Discounts

Seniors (65+) gets $3 discount on both general admission and special exhibition tickets.

Senior Membership

An exclusive offer is available for individuals aged 65 and above, granting them a reduced-rate membership for $89.

This membership provides numerous benefits, such as complimentary entry, priority access to exhibitions, dedicated hours exclusively for members on a weekly basis, a 10% discount on purchases made at the Museum Stores, and additional perks for both the member and a companion.

Discover & Go Public Library Program

The San Francisco Public Library System offers the Discover & Go program to cardholders.

Discount Sites

Make sure to check coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial for ticket deals.

Free Admission for Youth

All visitors under the age of 17 receive free admission to the permanent collection at the De Young Museum.


About The Author


Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city. A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.
Updated: September 13th, 2023
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