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

September 4, 2018 by We Like L.A. Staff
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Urban Light at LACMA. Credit: ketrin1407 via flickr cc

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 September, 2018.

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There are a couple highlights we want to call out to for the coming month: First, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day will feature more free admission to more than a dozen museums in Southern California as part of a national free museum day event. Secondly, be advised that both the Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits Museum are both free every Tuesday of September.

For other freebie options, be sure to check out our handy list of free museums and museum days in Los Angeles. Otherwise, enjoy!


Free Museum Days in Los Angeles – September 2018

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

[SEPTEMBER 4Natural History Museum

[SEPTEMBER 4La Brea Tar Pits Museum

[SEPTEMBER  6USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 6] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 6MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 6] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 6] 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 October and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

[SEPTEMBER 7] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 7] Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 7] Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 9] Museum of Latin American Art

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[SEPTEMBER 9 ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[SEPTEMBER 11Natural History Museum

[SEPTEMBER 11La Brea Tar Pits Museum

[SEPTEMBER 11] 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)

[SEPTEMBER 11] Autry Museum of the American West

[SEPTEMBER  13USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 13] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 13MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 13] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 13]  Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 13Santa Monica History Museum

[SEPTEMBER 16] Museum of Latin American Art

[SEPTEMBER 16] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[SEPTEMBER 18Natural History Museum

[SEPTEMBER 18La Brea Tar Pits Museum

[SEPTEMBER 18Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day)

[SEPTEMBER 18South Coast Botanic Garden

[SEPTEMBER 18Descanso Gardens

[SEPTEMBER  20USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 20] Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 20] Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[SEPTEMBER 20MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 20] Skirball Cultural Center

[SEPTEMBER 20] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 22] More than a dozen SoCal museums and botanical gardens will be free for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

[SEPTEMBER 23] Museum of Latin American Art

[SEPTEMBER 23] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[SEPTEMBER 25Natural History Museum

[SEPTEMBER 25La Brea Tar Pits Museum

[SEPTEMBER  27USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 27] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 27MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 27Skirball Cultural Center

[SEPTEMBER 27] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 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. If there are any errors, omissions, or corrections you’d like to note for this list, feel free to email us at tips@welikela.com.

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