Culture, Free Museums

Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For January 2024

December 27, 2023 by Brian Champlin
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Urban Light at LACMA. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

This is it. 2024 will be the year. You’re finally going to experience all that culture that Los Angeles has to offer. You’re going to peruse art exhibitions and explore history and really get to know… wait. Does that sound a bit too ambitious? Okay, fine. Then let’s start with a quick tip instead.

If you’re an Angeleno enjoying a little extra time off for the holidays (meaning weekdays are in play) remember that a number of local institutions have special free hours for locals with valid I.D. Here are a few you might consider visiting:

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That help at all? Well, per usual we have a complete calendar of options for January in our cheatsheet below. Have a gander and see what fits into your busy schedule. And seriously, don’t feel guilty if you miss out.

There’s always next month… or more options here.

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for January 2024

[JANUARY 4] 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 January free day open on December 28 at 9 a.m.)

[JANUARY 4] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[JANUARY 4] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 4]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JANUARY 4] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[JANUARY 5 ] Norton Simon Museum is free every first Friday of the month from 4 to 7 p.m.

[JANUARY 7] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday)

[JANUARY 7] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 7] Craft Contemporary (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JANUARY 7] Santa Monica History Museum (free every first Sunday of the month)

[JANUARY 9] 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)

[JANUARY 9] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[JANUARY 11] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[JANUARY 11] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 11]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JANUARY 14] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday)

[JANUARY 14] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 14] Craft Contemporary (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JANUARY 14USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[JANUARY 16] Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting on January 2)

[JANUARY 16]  South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[JANUARY 16]] Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting on January 2 at 10 a.m.)

[JANUARY 18] Japanese American National Museum (free ALL DAY every Third Thursday)

[JANUARY 18] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 18]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JANUARY 21] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday)

[JANUARY 21] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 21] Craft Contemporary (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JANUARY 25] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[JANUARY 25] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 25]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JANUARY 28] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday)

[JANUARY 28] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JANUARY 28] Craft Contemporary (pay what you can every Sunday)


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