Special Offers and Discounts

The San José Museum of Art is committed to welcoming everyone to “see what you think.” Here are some discounts and programs that help make admission affordable for everyone.

Bank of America Museums on Us

Bank of America Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card and picture ID on the first full weekend of every month for one free general admission for cardholders. For more information visit about.bankofamerica.com

Individual Students and Teachers

Individual admission for youth 17 and under, college students, and teachers with valid ID is free every day.

Facebook First Fridays

The Museum is open 11am–9pm or later on the first Friday of each month. These late nights offer free admission to all exhibitions and programs from 5–9pm. Featuring access to art and artists, music, a cash bar, food, and more. This sponsorship initiative is led by the Facebook Art Department. Learn more.

Third Thursdays

Admission is just $5 (half off adult price) after 5 PM on the third Thursday of each month.

Free Days

SJMA offers three free lively community days each year: El Día de los Muertos (October or November), Lunar New Year (February), and Maker Day (June). SJMA also offers free admission on International Museum Day (May 18). Check the calendar of events for specific upcoming dates or subscribe to our email newsletter for updates. 

Buy tickets in advance and save 20%

Purchase admission tickets online in advance and save 20% off admission. Enter the code ADVANCE at checkout.

Got the Dot

SJMA is participating in Got the Dot, a new community education campaign intended to save lives by promoting organ, eye and tissue donation in partnership with local businesses. Show proof of your organ donor designation (pink dot) on your drivers’ license to receive 20% off adult admission. For more information on this program promoted by Donor Network West and Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco of San José, visit donornetworkwest.org/got-the-dot

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums The San José Museum of Art is proud to be one of hundreds of museums nationwide to offer free admission to active military personnel from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. The complete list of participating museums is available online at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums

Discover & Go

Discover & Go Discover & Go provides free museum admission to library cardholders at many libraries throughout San José and the Bay Area. To see if your library participates, and to request a free pass for up to four (4) people to SJMA, visit discoverandgo.org

Museums for All

Museum for All Through Museums for All, SJMA is partnering with museums across the country to make sure everyone can experience the best museums have to offer, all for the lowest and most-affordable prices ever. If you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card, simply show it when you arrive to receive free admission for up to four (4) people. To find other participating museums, visit Museums4All.org

Smithsonian Museum Day Live

Smithsonian magazine’s annual event provides two free tickets to participating museums on Smithsonian Museum Day in September. For information on the next Museum Day, visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday


Members are admitted free year-round and provide financial support that helps SJMA keep admission accessible to everyone. How you can become a member? Learn more visit sjmusart.org/membership