Art Museums

Santa Cruz

Museum of Art and History of Santa Cruz

The Museum of Art & History is committed to creating exhibitions that inspire our diverse audiences to engage deeply with contemporary art and Santa Cruz County history. We see our visitors as partners in actively interpreting and exploring exhibition content. The Museum is located in downtown Santa Cruz at 705 Front Street Santa Cruz. 831.429.1964

Museum Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays: 11am – 5pm, Fridays until 9pm.
Community Festivals on the 1st and 3rd Friday evenings each month.
Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Admission Fees:
$5 General Admission
$3 Students, Teens and Seniors (62 and older)
Free for Museum members and children under 12
Free admission days are the first Friday of each month


Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UCSC

The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts.  UCSC, 301 Heller Dr., SC.  831-459-3606. 

Gallery hours:  (through the academic year)
Tuesday – Saturday, 12–5 p.m.
Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Closed for all University holidays and the summer months.





Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

Included are over 18,000 objects ranging from tiny jades to monumental sculptures. Superb paintings, porcelains, arms and armor, furniture, textiles, and bronzes are featured. Many of the finest objects in the museum’s collection were donated by Chicago industrialist Avery Brundage in the 1960s. His generosity served as the impetus for the museum’s founding, and brought to San Francisco many celebrated art works such as a gilded bronze Buddha image dated 338—the oldest known dated Chinese Buddha in the world.  200 Larkin St., San Francisco.  415-581-3500.

Tues–Sun 10–5 PM
Thursday 10–9 PM

Closed  **The museum will close at 4 pm on Friday, April 26 for a special event. We are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

General Admission

Ticket TypePrice
Members always receive free admission.
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Adults $12
Seniors 65 and older $8
University Students $8
Youths ages (13-17) $8
Children (12 & under) Free
SFUSD Students Free
Active members of the U.S. Armed Forces plus up to five family members Free
Special Exhibitions - Many special exhibitions require purchase of premium tickets. The cost of these tickets includes general admission. (Admission for Asian Art Museum members remains free.)
Large groups receive discounts and can access private guided tours. See our Organize a Group Visit page
Active members of the US Armed Forces are entitled to free entry for themselves and up to five family members. We thank you for your service. Visitors need valid ID to receive free or discounted entry. 

Terracotta Warriors Ticket Prices

Ticket TypeWeekdays
(Sat & Sun)
Adults $20 $22
Seniors $16 $18
University Students $16 $18
Youths (13–17) $8 $8
Children (12 & under) Free Free
SFUSD Students Free Free
Active members of U.S. Armed Forces plus up to five family members    Free Free
Reciprocal Museum Members $8 $10

On Target First Free Sundays and Thursdays after 5pm, admission for adults is $10. 
To ensure availability, museum members should reserve free tickets
First Free Sundays
Courtesy of Target, general museum admission is free every first Sunday of the month. Additional entrance fees apply to special exhibitions. 

Community Access Tickets - Social service agencies and nonprofit groups that serve disadvantaged communities, schools and youth groups can enjoy access to the museum via our Community Access Fund. 
To apply for these tickets, please email at least two weeks before your proposed visit date. Include an attachment on your organization’s letterhead stating the number of tickets required and the proposed date.

Cabrillo College Gallery

As one of the largest college galleries in the Monterey Bay Area the Cabrillo Gallery hosts 6 exhibitions annually. With a focus on national and international artists the gallery also hosts a very popular annual student exhibition.  Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Bldg. 100, #1002, Aptos.  831-479-6308


Monday - Friday  9am - 4pm
Monday & Tuesday 7pm - 9pm


Carmel Art Association 

Features the work of more than 100 professional local artists, and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by artists living on the Monterey Peninsula.

Gallery open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily




Monterey Museum of Art

The Museum features eight galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art.  Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific St., 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, 93940 831.372.5477  &  Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada720 Via Mirada, Monterey, 93940 831.372.3689 


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and July 4th.
Holiday Schedule
December 24 Closed
December 25 Closed
December 31, 11 am – 7 pm (First Night)
January 1, Closed


Adults: $10.00
Students and Military personnel: $5.00
Children twelve and under: Free
Members: Free
NARM and AAM Members: Free


San Jose Museum of Art

Visit Silicon Valley's leading institution dedicated to the art of our time. You have a multitude of options for crafting a rich SJMA experience every time you come—view special exhibitions and the Museum's permanent collection, make art in the galleries, take a free audio or guided tour, shop at SJMA Store, and dine in Café Too. Don't forget to check our online calendar for information about special programs and events.  110 S. Market St., San Jose.  408-271-6840.


Tuesday – Sunday, 11AM – 5PM
Closed Monday, and all Monday holidays

Open late
The San Jose Museum of Art is open 11AM – 8PM on the third Thursday of each month

Holiday hours
Open 11AM – 3PM December 24 and December 31
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day


  • Adults: $8
  • Students & Seniors: $5
  • Free admission for SJMA members and children six and under
  • Third Thursdays: $5 after 5 PM 

Public tours

Public tours of exhibitions are offered Tuesday–Sunday at 1 and 2:30PM. All visitors are welcome to drop in on these tours, which meet in the Museum lobby. To arrange a special time for an adult group tour of six or more, please call 408.291.5393 at least three weeks in advance.

In addition to joining free docent-led tours, you are invited to participate in art-making activities in the galleries. We have paper and pencils and clipboards available for your use. Just ask about these supplies at the SJMA Admission Desk, and visit the Learn section for more information about in-gallery learning activities.

Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge.

De Young Museum

The de Young Museum, a favorite of San Francisco residents and visitors since 1895, is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. 415-750-3600


Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 5:15 pm
Friday (March 29 through November 29 only) 9:30 am to 8:45 pm
Monday Closed

The de Young is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's Days.

The Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck closes at 4:30 pm (8 pm Fridays from late March through November).

General Admission

Adults $10
Seniors 65+ $7
Youths 13–17 $6
College students with valid ID $6
Children 12 and under Free
First Tuesday of the month Free (special exhibition fees still apply)
FAMSF members Free
Audio tour $7 ($6 FAMSF members)

Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions. Admission tickets to the de Young include same-day general admission to the Legion of Honor (special exhibition fees not included).

Public Transportation Discount Muni riders with proof of public transit purchase receive a $2 discount. This discount is available in person at the time of purchase only, and does not apply to internet sales.