The San José Museum of Art is committed to making art more accessible to everyone. Below are discounts and programs that offer free and reduced admission.

Community Days with Art-Making and Entertainment 

two performers dressed as skeletons with flower crowns

Celebrate Lunar New Year and Día de Los Muertos with us! Free admission, art-making, and entertainment for everyone. 

  • Summer: San Jose Jazz Summerfest 
  • Fall: Día de Los Muertos 
  • Winter: Lunar New Year

Discounted Admission

Save 20% when you buy tickets online.

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

San José Museum of Art Membership

Members are admitted free year-round and provide financial support that helps SJMA keep admission accessible to everyone. How can you become a member?

Free admission after 6pm on First Fridays

After 6pm on the first Friday of every month, everyone receives free admission. 

Free Admission

The exterior of a long building that has a large red banner that reads “San Jose Museum of Art.” A circle of palm trees are to the left of the building, with the historic clocktower visible to the far end of the museum.

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

Bank of America members on the first full weekend of every month

Bank of America Museums on Us

Visitors who present an active Bank of America®, Merrill® (formerly Merrill Lynch®) or Bank of America Private Bank® (formerly U.S. Trust®) branded debit or credit card—physical or electronic/digital card—and a valid photo IDreceive one free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of each month, as part of their Museums on Us program. 
Cardholder is required to present their ticket, active credit or debit card and photo ID upon arrival. Additional guests are required to purchase tickets separately.

Are you active-duty military?

Blue Star Museums

SJMA is one of hundreds of museums nationwide to offer free admission to active military personnel from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It 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.

Visit your local library for a Discover & Go pass

Discover & Go

Visit your local library. 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 people to SJMA, visit

Do you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) Card?

Museums for All

If you have an EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) card, show it when you arrive to receive free admission for up to four people. See the complete list of participating museums at  

American Alliance of Museum members

American Alliance of Museums

Free admission to American Alliance of Museums members (ally, individual, industry, and museum). Must provide current membership card and valid ID.

Smithsonian Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Smithsonian magazine’s annual event provides one free ticket to participating museums on Smithsonian Museum Day usually scheduled in September. This program is on pause this year.