Free Things to Do San Francisco: Free Admission @ SF MOMA

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) celebrates its 75th anniversary with free admission for 3 days: Saturday, Jan. 16 through Monday, Jan. 18.

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In addition to the 5 special exhibitions on view, each day features 7.5-minute free gallery talks. Seventy-five members of the Bay Area creative community with a passion for artworks in SFMOMA’s collection tell about their favorites in 75 talks over the 3 days. The talks happen on the half-hour from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Special events highlight each free admission day at MOMA:
On Saturday, Jan. 16 the galleries are open 11 am to 11 pm. The late night hours host performances in the atrium by cellist Zoe Keating at 7 pm, Loop!Station at 8 pm and by sound collagists Matmos at 9:30 pm.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, MOMA is open 11 am to 5:45 pm with a focus on free family-friendly activities. At the “Poetry Cafe” from 11 am – 4 pm, set your impressions of the art work into words with the help of Bay Area poets. Watch early animated classics, from Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur, perhaps the first cartoon ever, to Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, with one of the first appearances of Mickey Mouse, at the Phyllis Wattis Theater @ 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm. For free hands-on fun, Bay Area designers help you construct a portable chair, inspired by SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design collection.

On Monday, Jan. 18, MOMA is also open 11 am to 5:45 pm. Watch video screenings in the Koret Education Center of films about Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, plus a recent episode of “Art 21 – Art in the 21st Century.”