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

September 27, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Pasadena City Hall. Photo by Brian Champlin

Fall is here, which means Pasadena ArtNight is right around the corner. Popping up on Friday, October 14, ArtNight coordinates 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. So that’s my top news bulletin for month to come, but it’s far from your only option.

As I remind you in each of these cheatsheets, there are at least two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer ongoing free admission for all-ages, all the time (The Getty, The Getty Villa, The Broad, Hammer Museum, etc…). We’ve compiled a list of those here, so be sure to check that out if you need more ideas. And, as always, make sure you do your due diligence before you visit to make sure you have your reservation locked in (if required) and the free days are still applicable.

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Got it? Alright, now on to the rundown…

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for October 2022

[OCTOBER 2] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 2] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[OCTOBER 6] 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 October 6 free day will be available on Thursday, September 29 at 9 a.m.)

[OCTOBER 6] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 6] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 6USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

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

[OCTOBER 7] Kidspace Children’s Museum (SOLD OUT … Free from 4 to 7 p.m. every first Friday. Advanced reservation required. Reservations open two weeks out from date of event).

[OCTOBER 9] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 9] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[OCTOBER 9USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[OCTBER 11] 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)

[OCTOBER 11] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[OCTOBER 13] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 13] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 13USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 14] The fall edition of Pasadena’s biannual ArtNight includes free activations and admission at 20+ partner locations, including the Gamble House, Armory Center for the Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of History.

[OCTOBER 16] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 16] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[OCTOBER 18Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting October 3)

[OCTOBER 18South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[OCTOBER 18Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting October 3)

[OCTOBER 20] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 20] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 20USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 23] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 23] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[OCTOBER 27] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 27] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 27USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[OCTOBER 30] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[OCTOBER 30] 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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