These partners are now open

The Exploratorium on San Francisco's Embarcadero is now reopened. Photo courtesy of the Exploratorium.

We're excited to report that many of our great partners have reopened recently, and more will reopen soon. With new health and safety guidelines in place, our partners are working hard to ensure your visit is a pleasant experience. Check out the new hours for each partner below, make a reservation in advance, and enjoy! We'll continue to update this list as additional partners reopen their doors.

Editor's Note: Please wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least six feet while riding the trains or at an in-person event. Before you travel on BART, use our Trip Planner to get estimated arrival and departure times. See BART's 15-step plan to safely welcome back riders here.

The "Chanel Miller: I was, I am, I will be" exhibit at the Asian Art Museum from Hyde Street. Photo courtesy of the Asian Art Museum.

Asian Art Museum

After looking at "Chanel Miller: I was, I am, I will be" from outside on Hyde Street, head inside the now-open Asian Art Museum to wander the galleries. New exhibits include "After Hope: Videos of Resistance," a collection of more than 50 short videos exploring hope in art and activism; "Memento: Jayashree Chakravarty and Lam Tung Pang," which transports viewers to Kolkata and Hong Kong through contemporary works; and "Zheng Chongbin: I Look for the Sky," a collection of the Bay Area artist's site-specific installations. The museum reopened on March 11. Timed tickets are required and are quick and easy to reserve. On the first Sunday of each month, admission is free.

Where: 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Station: Civic Center/UN Plaza
Walk time: Five minutes
 

The Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive is a five-minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Photo courtesy of David Martindale.

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

This stunning, sleek and spacey museum will have you gawking before you’ve even entered BAMPFA’s doors on Center Street in Berkeley; the building’s exterior itself is a massive and much-talked about piece of art. BAMPFA is the visual arts center of UC Berkeley that showcases various exhibitions, films, performances, lectures, and more. This art center's mission is "to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film." BAMPFA is conveniently situated between the UC Berkeley campus and Downtown Berkeley, making it an accessible, unique, and engaging museum to visit. BAMPFA reopened on May 2. All visitors are required to have a timed ticket to visit the BAMPFA galleries, including those who receive free admission as a member, youth, or affiliate of UC Berkeley.

Where: 2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720
Station: Downtown Berkeley
Walk time: Five minutes
Website: BAMPFA
 
The entrance to Children's Fairyland. Photo courtesy of Children's Fairyland.

Children's Fairyland

An oasis of fun for the littles and bigs alike, this beloved Oakland theme park can now welcome you back and the magic is awaiting! Adults are only allowed through the Fairyland Gates with a child, and kids are only allowed in with an adult – that 70-year old rule makes for a safe, fun place to learn and play! Tickets are available and can be purchased online for specified dates with morning and afternoon shifts to keep everyone safe.

Where: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Station: 19th St/Oakland
Walk time: 10 minutes
 
Artwork at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photo courtesy of Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum reopened to the public on Saturday, April 17. After a number of closures due to the pandemic, visitors will finally be able to see exhibits that have only been available to view online. Visit to see Levi Strauss: A History of American Style; Threads of Jewish Life: Ritual and Other Textiles from the San Francisco Bay Area; and, Predicting the Past: Zohar Studios, The Lost Years. They can’t wait to welcome you back… and welcome you back safely! Timed tickets are available by reservation and begin at $14.

Where: 736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Station: Powell St
Walk time: Three minutes
Website: Contemporary Jewish Museum
 
Inside OMCA. Photo courtesy of OMCA.

Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

After more than a year of temporary closure due to the impacts of COVID, the OMCA is welcoming back the public. In its initial phase, the museum will be open Friday through Sunday from 11am-5pm to manage capacity and prioritize safety. In addition to the newly-redesigned outdoor gardens, which will be accessible for free, the museum’s Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences will all be open for visitors to enjoy with a reserved ticket. Get your timed ticket here.

Where: 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607
Station: Lake Merritt
Walk time: Two minutes
Website: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)

"Contemporary Optics" at SFMOMA. Photo courtesy of SFMOMA.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

SFMOMA is open and offers multiple new exhibits including the long-awaited Diego Rivera's mural "Pan American Unity" in the museum’s free-to-the-public Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1. In "Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis," seven Bay Area artists offer their emotional, political, and artistic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and today's social upheaval. See more local works in mural form in "Bay Area Walls," which includes Liz Hernández's new "Conjuro para la sanación de nuestro futuro" (or "A spell for the healing of our future"). Additionally, don't miss two works that explore the United States' history of racism in "New Work: Charles Gaines" and photography-based installations by contemporary artists from around the globe in "Off the Wall." SFMOMA is open with limited hours Thursday-Monday. Reservations are recommended.

Where: 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Station: Montgomery St
Walk time: Six minutes
Website: SFMOMA
 
The Exploratorium reopened July 1. Photo courtesy of The Exploratorium.

The Exploratorium

After a 15-month pandemic hiatus, the Exploratorium reopened on July 1. The Exploratorium is more than a museum—it’s a gateway to exploring science, art, and human perception with every visit. Let your curiosity roam through hundreds of exhibits, many focused on noticing and observation, in six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries. When visiting, masks are required indoors, handwashing and sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum, and exhibits and all public spaces are disinfected frequently. Limited timed ticketing will reduce visitor density.

Where: Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), San Francisco, CA 94111
Station: Embarcadero
Walk time: 15 minutes
 
"The Monument as Living Memory" and is on display now at YBCA. Photo courtesy of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF)

YBCA's outdoor space offers various public works for free, non-ticketed viewing. On view through the end of the month, "The Monument as Living Memory" is an evolving 18-week collaboration by Bay Area artists. Additionally, YBCA and SF Urban Film Festival's joint installation, "Mourning Is An Act of Love," uses video, glass painting, poetry, projections, and non-traditional forms of documentary to consider memorials and grief.

Additionally, live music at the YBGF is back with a special summer season! Through August 28, free performances will make their way to downtown San Francisco on the esplanade in the gardens.

Where: 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Station: Powell St
Walk time: Five minutes
Website: YBCA | YBGF
 

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