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

April 29, 2019 by We Like L.A. Staff
Urban Light LACMA
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 the month of May, 2019.

Remember that in May six museums located near the Arroyo Seco Parkway will be free for Museums of the Arroyo Day on May 19. And three other quick reminders: LACMA is free on the Memorial Day Holiday, Griffith Observatory remains closed for repair projects through May 6, and the MOCA Geffen is closed through May 18 for repairs.

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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, California Science Center, The Hammer Museum, and more) if you’d like to explore all your freebie options for May.

Enjoy!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles – May 2019

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

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

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

[MAY 2USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

[MAY 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 June and start planning when you need to be online to grab the tix)

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

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

[MAY 5] Museum of Latin American Art

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

[MAY 7] ] Free Family Night at Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4 to 8 p.m.)

[MAY 7] Natural History Museum (also note that L.A. County residents receive free Museum admission Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit)

[MAY 7La Brea Tarpits Museum

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

[MAY 9MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

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

[MAY 9USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

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

[MAY 12] Museum of Latin American Art

[MAY 12USC Pacific Asian Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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

[MAY 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)

[MAY 14] Autry Museum of the American West

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

[MAY 16MOCA Grand (from 5 to 8 p.m.)

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

[MAY 16USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

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

[MAY 19] Six L.A. Museums / Historic Homes will be free for ‘Museums of The Arroyo Day’ 2018

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

[MAY 19] Museum of Latin American Art

[MAY 21Los Angeles County Arboretum

[MAY 21South Coast Botanic Garden

[MAY 21Descanso Gardens

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

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

[MAY 23USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

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

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

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

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

[MAY 26] Museum of Latin American Art

[MAY 27] LACMA is free for the Memorial Day Holiday.

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

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

[MAY 30USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)

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

[MAY 30] 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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