Press Release

Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Helen Taylor (415) 379-5128


Thanks to a generous grant from Bank of America, thousands of visitors will enjoy
free admission to the new California Academy of Sciences

SAN FRANCISCO (September 17, 2008) – San Francisco residents will have expanded opportunities to visit the newly rebuilt California Academy of Sciences free of charge during its first year of operation. Over the past ten years, thousands of San Francisco residents have visited the Academy during Neighborhood Free Days each year. In 2009, the first year after the Academy's reopening in Golden Gate Park, the number of Neighborhood Free Days will double. Each neighborhood, defined by zip codes, will have two opportunities to visit the Academy for free over a three-day weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The first series of weekends runs from May 1-June 14, 2009, and the second from September 11-November 8, 2009.

"Access to cultural and educational institutions is one of our top community priorities at Bank of America because it’s one of the things our associates, customers and other Californians tell us they care deeply about," said Janet Lamkin, President of Bank of America California. "Investing in venues like the California Academy of Sciences enriches the lives of people who visit them and contributes substantially to the local economy."

Each visiting adult must prove residency by showing a driver's license or a utility bill. Only residents from the zip codes invited on the designated dates will be admitted free of charge. Information about Neighborhood Free Days is available at and at (415) 379-8000. The following schedule outlines the program by zip code neighborhoods:







FALL 2009


Mission, Bernal Heights


May 1, 2, 3

Oct. 30, 31, Nov. 1*

Sunset, Parkside, Stonestown, Lakeshore, St. Francis Woods

94122, 94116, 94127, 94132

May 8, 9, 10

Sept. 11, 12, 13

Richmond, Seacliff, Western Addition, Pacific Heights, Laurel Heights, Presidio

94121, 94118, 94115, 94129

May 15, 16, 17

Oct. 2, 3, 4

Excelsior, Ingleside, Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Visitacion Valley

94112, 94134, 94124

May 22, 23, 24

Oct. 9, 10, 11

Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach, Cow Hollow, Marina

94109, 94133, 94123

May 29, 30, 31

Oct. 16, 17, 18

Chinatown, Tenderloin, Downtown, SOMA, Potrero, Treasure Island, Mission Bay

94103, 94107, 94130, 94111, 94105, 94108, 94104, 94102, 94158

June 5, 6, 7

Nov. 6, 7, 8**

Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, Miraloma Park, Cole Valley, Haight

94117, 94114, 94131

June 12, 13, 14

Sept. 18, 19, 20

   Note: These dates have been updated. October 23, 24, 25 are no longer the designated free days for these zip codes.
** Note: These dates have been updated. September 25, 26, 27 are no longer the designated free days for these zip codes.