Culture, Free Museums

Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For February 2023

January 25, 2023 by Brian Champlin
La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The big news for next month is that the SoCal Museum Free-For-All is back on the February 5. This year’s lineup of participants includes over 30 names, including The Academy Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, the Museum of Latin American Art, and Descanso Gardens, among others.

Word to the wise: “free” does not equal unlimited tickets, so I expect many of the bigger draws (like The Academy Museum) to sell out of freebie spots well in advance. It looks like all of the museums are doing their own ticketing for the promotional day, so you’ll have to poke around individual websites to see what’s available and what’s sold out. In any case, reserving beforehand will save you grief.

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That said, if February 5 is a no-go and you prefer not to visit any of the places on the cheatsheet below, make sure to review our big list of free museum days here (including The Getty, The Broad, etc..). There’s got to be somewhere you haven’t been yet, right? Onward!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for February 2023

[FEBRUARY 2] The Huntington (free every first Thursday. Note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. Reservations for the February free day open on Jauary 26 at 9 a.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 2] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 2] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 2] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 3] Kidspace Children’s Museum (Free from 3 to 6 p.m. Advanced reservation required. Reservations usually open two weeks out from date of event).

[FEBRUARY 5] The SoCal Museums Free-For-All brings together 30+ institutions to offer free admission on one special day. Go here for the full list.

[FEBRUARY 5] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 5] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 5] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 9] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 9] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 9]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 9] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 12USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 12] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 12] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 12] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 14] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free on the second Tuesday of each month. Also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[FEBRUARY 14] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[FEBRUARY 16] Japanese American National Museum (free ALL DAY every Third Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 16] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 16USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 16] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 19] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 19] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 19] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 21Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting February 1)

[FEBRUARY 21]  South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[FEBRUARY 21]  Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting February 1)

[FEBRUARY 23] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[FEBRUARY 23] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 23]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[FEBRUARY 23] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 26] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[FEBRUARY 26] Craft Contemporary pay what you can every Sunday)

[FEBRUARY 26] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 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. For any errors, omissions, or corrections, please email us at [email protected]


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