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Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For July 2022

June 28, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concert Series
A Free Sunset Concert at Skirball Cultural Center. Image via Skirball Cultural Center

July in Los Angeles is always hot, but it is not exactly a hotbed of museum freebies. After all, with school out for the summer and travel picking up, most institutions are counting on bigger-than-average crowds and therefore don’t feel the need to market extra off-days to potential guests. I totally get it.

That said, one thing to keep in mind is the the newly released KCRW Summer Nights schedule. The station’s slate of summer dance concerts includes stops at The Hammer Museum (July 7, 14, 21, 28) and California African American Museum (July 22) this month, so if you want to add a little boogie to your gallery exploration, consider saving those dates.

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And since we’re on the subject of free concerts, I’d also remind you that Skirball’s Sunset Concert series is back starting July 21 and The Getty’s free Off the 405 series has two events this month: Los Retros on July 9 and Hand Habits on July 23. Any or all of these would make a fine date night, so maybe you’ll want to make plans with a someone special. Just an idea.

Finally, like I say every time, there are at least two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer ongoing free admission (The Getty, The Getty Villa, Hammer Museum, etc…). I’ve compiled a handy list of those free museums if you’d like to explore more freebie options for July. Now, on to this month’s list…

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for July 2022

[JULY 2] Campo de Cahuenga (open noon to 4 p.m. every first and third Saturday)

[JULY 3] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY  3] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JULY 7] The Broad offers special free access to two new specially ticketed exhibitions from 5 to 8 p.m. (advanced reservation required) on Thursdays in July. Ticket reservations for these slots are now open, but availability is limited

[JULY 7] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[JULY 7] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 7USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JULY 7] Huntington Library (free every first Thursday. Note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. Reservations for June 2 Free Day will be available on Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m.)

[JULY 7] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[JULY 10] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 10] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JULY 12] 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)

[JULY 12] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[JULY 14] The Broad offers special free access to two new specially ticketed exhibitions from 5 to 8 p.m. (advanced reservation required) on Thursdays in July. Ticket reservations for these slots are now open, but availability is limited

[JULY 14] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[JULY 14] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 14USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[JULY 16] Campo de Cahuenga (open noon to 4 p.m. every first and third Saturday)

[JULY 17] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 17] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JULY 17 USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[JULY 19Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

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[JULY 19South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[JULY 19Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[JULY 21] The Broad offers special free access to two new specially ticketed exhibitions from 5 to 8 p.m. (advanced reservation required) on Thursdays in July. Ticket reservations for these slots are now open, but availability is limited

[JULY 21] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[JULY 21] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 21USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 24] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[JULY 24] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 28] The Broad offers special free access to two new specially ticketed exhibitions from 5 to 8 p.m. (advanced reservation required) on Thursdays in July. Ticket reservations for these slots are now open, but availability is limited

[JULY 28] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[JULY 28] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 28USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 31] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[JULY 31] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)


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 tips@welikela.com.


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