TIP – Museums Are FREEEEE! And Fun!

To the best of my knowledge, the following listing should be the most thorough and recent compilation of free LA museum days that’s currently on the web. Please feel free to e-mail us with additions, corrections or alterations to the list so we can keep it up to date. Thanks.

Finances are tight for everyone right now. The bad news is one in ten Americans is unemployed. The good news is… you live in Los Angeles where, contrary to how it may seem, there are some incredible, world-class resources that can be enjoyed for little to no money. Case in point… did you know that almost every museum in town – large and small – can be visited for free at least once a month? It’s true. Whether you’re interested in anthopology or art history or aeronautics or stuffed bunnies… you can learn more about them at the places listed below without giving up your rent money. So get out there and explore!
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Dominguez Rancho Museum, Rancho Dominguez – 1st Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each month and every Wednesday and Sunday for guided tours only
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA), Miracle Mile, Museum Row – After 5pm every day, museum admission is on a pay-what-you-wish basis
Museum of Jurassic Technology
, Culver City – After 7:45pm Thursdays, after 5:45pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (regular price is $5 suggested donation)
USC Fisher Gallery, Downtown – Tuesdays through Saturdays, 12-5pm


June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, West Hollywood – Tuesdays 12-3pm


Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, Claremont – Wednesdays ALL DAY


UCLA Hammer Museum, Westwood – Thursdays ALL DAY
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood (?) – Thursdays 12-9pm
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Downtown – Thursdays 5-8pm
MOCA Geffen Contemporary, Downtown – Thursdays 5-8pm
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo – Thursdays 5-8pm/3rd Thursday ALL DAY


Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach – Fridays ALL DAY
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach – Fridays ALL DAY (check website for Free Sundays for families)
Mak Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, West Hollywood – Fridays from 4–6pm
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana – First 100 visitors per hour on Fridays between 4-8pm
Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City – 10am to 5pm, tour of the Vault at 3pm


George C. Page Museum @ the La Brea Tar Pits, Miracle Mile, Museum Row – 1st Tuesday ALL DAY
Natural History Museum
, Exposition Park, Downtown– 1st Tuesday ALL DAY
Kidspace Children’s Museum
, Pasadena – 1st Tuesday of the month 4-8pm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
(LACMA), Miracle Mile, Museum Row – 2nd Tuesday ALL DAY – Special programming and FREE for all on Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day (holidays sponsored by Target)
Autry National Center: Museum of the American West
, Griffith Park – 2nd Tuesday ALL DAY
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
, Arcadia – 3rd Tuesday ALL DAY
Craft and Folk Art Museum
, Miracle Mile, Museum Row – 1st Wednesday ALL DAY
Huntington Library, Collections and Botanical Gardens
, Pasadena – 1st Thursday ALL DAY (Ticket reservation required, available beginning the 1st of the preceding month – so September tickets would be available as of August 1st)
Museum of Neon Art
, Downtown – 2nd Thursday 5-8pm
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo – 3rd Thursday ALL DAY
Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena – 1st Friday ALL DAY
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena – 1st Friday 6-9pm
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena – 4th Friday ALL DAY
Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn, Holmby Hills – 3rd Sunday 11am-3pm


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills – Closed Mondays
African American Firefighter Museum
, Los Angeles
Annenberg Space For Photography
, Century Park
Arcadia Historical Museum
, Arcadia
Automobile Driving Museum
, El Segundo – Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Friday by appointment only
Autry Southwest Museum of the American Indian
, Mount Washington
Bunny Museum
, Pasadena – Open daily but by appointment only since it’s also a private home
Burbank Aviation Museum, Burbank – Open Sundays from noon till 4pm
Burbank Historical Society, Burbank – Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
California African American Museum, Exposition Park, Downtown
Avila Adobe, Olvera Street, Downtown
California Science Center, Exposition Park, Downtown
Center for Land Use Interpretation, Culver City
Corita Art Center, Hollywood
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museums & Galleries, Downtown
Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale
Forest Lawn Museum of Mexican and American History, Burbank
Fort MacArthur Museum, San Pedro (Suggested donation of $3 for adults)
Fowler Museum of Cultural History at UCLA, Westwood
General Phineas Banning Residence Museum, Wilmington (Suggested donation of $5 for adults)
Getty Center, Brentwood
Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Go For Broke National Monument and Education Center, Downtown
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Feliz
Hollywood Bowl Museum, Hollywood
Korean Cultural Center, Mid-Wilshire
LAX Flight Path Learning Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum, Hollywood (Open Saturdays 10-4 ONLY)
Los Angeles Maritime Museum, San Pedro (Suggested donation of $3 for adults)
Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum, Van Nuys
Lummis Home, Mount Washington – open 12-4 pm, Friday through Sunday
Manhattan Beach Historical Museum, Manhattan Beach – open 12-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays
MOCA at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
Museum of Television and Radio, Beverly Hills
Nethercutt Collection and Nethercutt Museum, Sylmar
Newport Sports Museum, Newport Beach
Paley Center for the Media, Beverly Hills (Suggested donation of $10 for adults)
Point Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro
Psychiatry: an Industry of Death Museum (sponsored by… you guessed it: The Church of Scientology!), Hollywood
Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (Suggested donation of $5)
STARS Center Sheriffs Museum, 11515 Colima Road, Whittier
Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park
Wells Fargo History Museum, Downtown
Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum, City of Industry

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