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San Jose Museums: How to Get in For Free!

San Jose Museums: How to Get in For Free!

Visiting the San Jose museums doesn’t have to crush your budget. We rounded up all the free museums we could find. No matter what day of the week it is, you can enjoy exploring everything San Jose has to offer!


These San Jose museums are always free.

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art gives you a chance to catch the newest and freshest art from contemporary artists. While it’s not as big as some of the other contemporary art museums in the area, it’s one of the top San Jose museums for families to enjoy.

The Triton Museum of Art offers unique exhibits that might vary from month to month. With rotating artists and exhibits, the museum is always getting new things in. If you’re looking for free things to do in San Jose with a short amount of time, this museum is perfect!


The de Saisset Museum is nestled in the entrance of the Santa Clara University. It offers you a reprieve from the hustle of the city and allows you to take a step back in time.

While the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden isn’t necessarily a museum, you can enjoy the various botanical exhibits all around the garden. The gardens have roses of different varieties. Late spring is the best time to visit!


If you want to take a little drive to Santa Clara, the Intel Museum is interesting and features the history of the company. At the museum, you can learn how it got its start and even how the computer processors work!

MACLA gives visitors a chance to experience different exhibits at different times of the year. The museum always has free admission.

The Roberto Adobe and Sunol House Museum is not open every day of the week, but it’s always free when it is! If you visit the museum, be sure to check out the portion that features the history of San Jose.

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Visit on Friday for free admission to these San Jose museums.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is not free, but they do offer a “pay what you want” day on the first Friday of every month. They do not have a suggested donation posted, but you can pay anything to get in!

Need something to do for the weekend? Visit San Jose Museums.

The Technology Museum of Innovation offers free admission to Bank of America cardholders on the first weekend of each month. You must present your Bank of America card and you can get in for free!

Want to visit even more museums for free?!

If you have an EBT card or a library card, you can visit even more San Jose museums for free! We’ve got lists just for you. You can click here to see where you can go free with your EBT card, or click here to see what your library card can do!

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