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.
Thanks to everyone who has commented with recommendations to make this list even better than it was when it started out!
Museums in Los Angeles That Are Always Free
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Chinese American Museum
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
FIDM Museum & Galleries
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum at UCLA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
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
Marciano Art Foundation (timed tickets recommended and available online on the first of every month)
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
Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.)
Free Admission: Second Week of the Month
Free Admission: Third Week of the Month
Free Admission: Fourth Week of the Month
Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)
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!