Access to art shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, or even an ear. Many Bay Area museums follow the enlightened practice of waiving admission for one day every month—sometimes more often. And a handful are always free.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
First Thursday of the month, including 5:30 p.m. PFA screening; always free to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 642-0808.
Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Free every Thursday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 102 Kroeber Hall (corner of Bancroft and College) 642-3682.
Oakland Museum of California
Second Sunday of the month. Fee required for special exhibits. 100 Oak St., Oakland. 238-2200.
Mills College Art Museum
Free every day, hours vary, closed Monday. 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. 430-2164.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
First Tuesday of the month, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. after Labor Day. 151 Third St. between Mission and Howard, San Francisco. 357-4000.
California Academy of Sciences
First Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 875 Howard St. between Fourth and Fifth streets, San Francisco. (415) 321-8000.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
First Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 200 Larkin St. between Fulton and McAllister, San Francisco. (415) 581-3500.
Legion of Honor
Free every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee required for special exhibits. Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street, San Francisco. (415) 863-3330.
The Mexican Museum
Free every day through the end of 2005, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday-Tuesday. Fort Mason Center, Building D, San Francisco. (415) 202-9722.
First Wednesday of the month (reservations required for groups of 10 or
more), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3601 Lyon St., San Francisco. (415) 561-0399.
San Jose Museum of Art
Free every day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday. 110 South Market St., San Jose. (408) 271-6840.
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Free every day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 328 Lomita Drive and Museum Way (off Palm Drive), Stanford. (650) 723-4177.