Culture

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

February 22, 2023 by Brian Champlin
The Huntington Cherry Blossom season
The Huntington during Cherry Blossom season. Photo by: Brian Champlin

Less than a week go to till we hit March, which means it’s about that time for another edition of the cheatsheet. But before we jump to the freebie list, let’s take stock of a few noteworthy happenings at L.A. art institutions next month you might want to put on your radar:

  • The USC Pacific Asia Museum (free every second Sunday, pay-what-you will on Thursdays, otherwise $10 general admission) opens Global Asias on March 10. The focus here is contemporary Asian and Asian American art, with a presentation divided into three thematic sections. All works were pulled from the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation collection.
  • Speaking of March 10, that’s also the date for Pasadena ArtNight, a twice-yearly affair offering free admission and community activations at over 20 Pasadena cultural institutions, galleries and venues, including USC Pacific Asia Museum, The Pasadena Museum of History, Armory Center for the Arts, The Gamble House, and Pasadena City Hall.
  • The Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University (always free admission) hosts a Free Family Art Day on March 11 that features a day of nature walks, crafting, tours, and readings all built around the museum’s To Bough and To Bend exhibition. Peep the Center for Arts calendar for more info.
  • On March 25, Torrance Museum of Art (always free) hosts an opening reception for their two newest exhibitions, including CO/LAB 5 – LOS ANGELES AND THE WORLD, a team-up of artist run galleries that includes four international spaces paired with four from Los Angeles.
  • The Hammer (also always free) shows off the newly transformed Lynda and Stewart Resnick Cultural Center on March 26 with a lineup of spring exhibitions that features multiple large-scale installations, including a commissioned work in the lobby created by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. The headlining exhibition, Together in Time, features over 70 works in all and is the largest presentation of the Hammer Contemporary Collection in the museum’s history.

Keep in mind if you want to review all your freebie options, you can read our big list of free museum days here (The Getty, The Broad, etc..). Otherwise, scope out the March calendar of free dates below!

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Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for March 2023

[MARCH 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 March free day open on February 23 at 9 a.m.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[MARCH 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[MARCH 26] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.)

[MARCH 30] Japanese American National Museum (free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays)

[MARCH 30] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[MARCH 30]  USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[MARCH 30] Holocaust Museum LA (free every Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 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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