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Free Museums, Happenings

Here’s a Cheat Sheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For August (2019)

July 30, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Second Home Serpentine Pavilion. Photo by Christina 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 the month of August, 2019.

For this month both the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits Museum are skipping their free days (they do this every July and August). Note that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission to both NHM and La Brea Tar Pits Museum on Monday – Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.. Just come to the museums with a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit.

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Although there is no free day at La Brea Tar Pits Museum this August, the Tar Pits Museum is offering free admission on late-night Fridays (5 to 8 p.m.) through the end of the month. Additionally, you can get $2 off your admission if you share an Instagram post of the newly opened Second Home Serpentine Pavilion (pictured above) and tag the Tar Pits accounts. Details here for that offer.

Keep in mind 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, Getty Villa, California Science Center, California African American Museum, The Hammer Museum, and more) if you’d like to explore all your freebie options for August.

Enjoy!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles – August 2019

[AUG 1] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 1MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 1] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUG 1] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 1USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 1] Long Beach Museum of Art (after 3 p.m.)

[AUG 2] Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 4] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUG 4 ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUG 6] ] Free Family Night at Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

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

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[AUG 8MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 8] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

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

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

[AUG 11] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUG 11] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUG 11USC Pacific Asian Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[AUG 13] 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)

[AUG 13] Autry Museum of the American West

[AUG 15] Japanese American National Museum (all day)

[AUG 15MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 15] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUG 15] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 15USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 18] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUG 18] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUG 20Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day)

[AUG 20South Coast Botanic Garden

[AUG 20Descanso Gardens

[AUG 22] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 22MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 22] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUG 22] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 22USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 22] Long Beach Museum of Art (after 3 p.m.)

[AUG 22] Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

[AUG 25] ] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)

[AUG 25] Museum of Latin American Art

[AUG 29] Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 29MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 29] Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUG 29] Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 29USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[AUG 29] Long Beach Museum of Art (after 3 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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