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Just a Super Handy List of All Free Museum Days in Los Angeles

June 14, 2014 by Brian Champlin
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Let’s be honest, this is not the first list of free museum days in Los Angeles, but I like to think that we organized it better than most.

Below you’ll find, firstly, a list of museums that are ALWAYS free (suggested donation or parking notwithstanding).

Secondly I’ve laid out, organizing by week, what’s open over the course of any given month. So for example you can scroll down to the “First Week of the Month” section you’ll see that the Huntington Library is free on the first Thursday. Hopefully this makes it easy for you to discover what options might be open whatever day/week you happen to check out this list.

I would highly suggest doing at least 5 minutes of quick research before visiting any of these spots just to ensure there’s no admission fees for special exhibits or things of that nature you may not be anticipating.

Otherwise, enjoy!

**UPDATE**

Thanks to everyone who has commented with recommendations to make this list even better than it was when it started out!

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Museums in Los Angeles That Are Always Free

Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
Automobile Driving Museum (technically free, though they will solicit a $5 donation)
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Chinese American Museum
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
ESMoA
FIDM Museum & Galleries
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Getty Villa
Griffith Observatory
Hammer Museum at UCLA
J. Paul Getty Museum
LAFD Museum in Hollywood (open only Saturdays 10am-4pm)
LA Plaza de Culture y Artes
LAX Flight Path Learning Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free after 3pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri if you’re an L.A. County resident)
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
Madrona Marsh Preserve
Nethercutt Museum
Santa Monica Museum of Art ($5 suggested donation)
Torrance Art Museum
Travel Town Museum
UCLA Meteorite Gallery
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Valley Relics Museum (only open Saturdays)
Vincent Price Art Museum

Free Admission: First Week of the Month

Tuesday:
Kidspace Children’s Museum (4pm-close)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (except July and August)
Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits (except July and August)

Thursday:
Japanese American National Museum (after 5pm)
Huntington Library
Museum of Contemporary Art (5pm-8pm)
Skirball Cultural Center

Friday:
Long Beach Museum of Art
Norton Simon Museum (after 5pm)
Pasadena Museum of California Art (12pm-5pm)

Sunday:
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art

Free Admission: Second Week of the Month

Tuesday:
Autry National Center of the American West
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thursday:
Japanese American National Museum (after 5pm)
Museum of Contemporary Art (5pm-8pm)
Skirball Cultural Center

Friday:
Long Beach Museum of Art

Sunday:
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Pacific Asia Museum

Free Admission: Third Week of the Month

Tuesday:
Descanso Gardens
Los Angeles County Arboretum
South Coast Botanic Garden

Thursday:
Japanese American National Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art (5pm-8pm)
Skirball Cultural Center
Pasadena Museum of California Art (5pm-8pm)

Friday:
Long Beach Museum of Art

Sunday:
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art

Free Admission: Fourth Week of the Month

Thursday:
Japanese American National Museum (after 5pm)
Museum of Contemporary Art (5pm-8pm)
Skirball Cultural Center

Friday:
Long Beach Museum of Art
Museum of Latin American Art (5pm – 9pm)

Sunday:
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art

If you feel there were any omissions, corrections or would like to suggest another free museum to add to the list, let us know in the comments below!

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