Free museum admission days in San Antonio, TX


This Ruby City installation is titled “Heart of Darkness” by Artist Cornelia Parker. | 📸 : SATXtoday team

We love celebrating the Alamo City and sharing all the must dos around town, especially if it’s free. Well, did you know that most (if not all) museums in our city offer free admission on certain days of the month?

Here’s a roundup of 10 local museums in SATX offering complimentary visits.

Witte Museum | Free Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. | Check out the “Fiesta Vogue: Outfit of the Day” exhibition that explores the stylish influences behind Fiesta fashion.

The DoSeum | Free Family Night, the first Monday of every month | The next free event is Mon., Aug. 1 — a link for ticket reservations will be posted on this page at 8 a.m. the morning of Free Family Night.

San Antonio Museum of Art | Free Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. + Sundays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Pro tip: There is a $5 surcharge for special exhibitions during SAMA’s free general admission hours — current special exhibitions include Tony Parker’s Heroes and Villains.

San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum | Always free | Founded in 2017 by Everett Fly and George Frederick, SAACAM — pronounced SAY-CAM — is on a mission to collect, preserve, and share the cultural heritage + untold stories of African Americans in the Alamo City.

The McNay | Free Thursdays, 4-9 p.m. + the first Sunday of every month, 12-5 p.m. | From painting and sculpture to works on paper, the McNay offers a unique art museum experience filled with moments of surprise, inspiration, and beauty throughout the 25-acre campus. Pro tip: special exhibition access is $10 during these times.

Briscoe Western Art Museum | Free the first Sunday of every month | Children under 12 + active duty military are always free. Pro tip: Saddle up this Sat., July 23 for the Briscoe’s free annual celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy.

Holocaust Memorial Museum | Always free, donations encouraged | The museum cordially invites guests to visit current exhibits, hear a testimony from a survivor, and learn about programs + initiatives at its upcoming open house reception on Thurs., Aug. 25.

San Antonio Fire Museum | First Tuesday of every month, 12-4 p.m. | See antique fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment dating back to the mid-1800s, plus beautifully archived documents and photos.

Ruby City | Always free, reservation required | Pro tip: After your visit to Ruby City, walk across the street and take a stroll to explore the art installations in Chris Park.

Blue Star Contemporary | Always free | Founded by artists and grown from a grassroots art exhibition in 1986, Blue Star Contemporary is the first and longest-running nonprofit space for contemporary art in San Antonio.

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