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Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For August (2018)

July 31, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff
La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The intent of this “cheat-sheet” is to denote specific free days in any given month where Los Angeles museums that normally charge an admission waive their entry fees (not including parking). For this post we’re detailing August, 2018.

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Remember if you can’t make it to one of the free days listed below there are over two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer free admission ALL the time which are not listed here. We’ve compiled a handy list of ALL of those free museums (including favorites like The Getty, California Science Center, The Hammer Museum, and more).

And as for the rest of the freebies listed below… enjoy!


[AUGUST 2] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 2MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 2] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 2] Huntington Library (note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. For this reason we’d suggest you take a look at the free day for September and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

[AUGUST 2] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 3] Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 3] Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 3Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 5] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUGUST 5 ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUGUST 7] Kidspace Museum (4 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 9] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

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[AUGUST 9MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 9] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 9] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 9] Santa Monica History Museum

[AUGUST 10Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 12] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUGUST 12] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUGUST 14] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[AUGUST 14] Autry Museum of the American West

[AUGUST 16 Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 16] Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[AUGUST 16MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 16] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 16] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 17Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 19] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUGUST 19] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUGUST 21Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day)

[AUGUST 21South Coast Botanic Garden

[AUGUST 21Descanso Gardens

[AUGUST 23] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 23MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 23Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 23] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 23] Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

[AUGUST 24Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 26] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUGUST 26] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUGUST 30] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 30MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 30] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 30] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUGUST 31Free late-nights at La Brea Tar Pits Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)


As a reminder, it’s ALWAYS good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the official museum websites to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. To report any errors, omissions, or corrections please email us at tips@welikela.com.

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