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

August 24, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Desert Garden at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin

Before we get to our usual rundown of museum freebies for the month to come, there are couple of quick call-outs I want to highlight.

First, Griffith Observatory recently expanded their open hours to four days a week, now Thursday to Sunday. No word on when they might be returning some of their previous free in-person programming (All Space Considered, sunset hikes, etc…), but hopefully soon. In any case, it’s just good to see increased access to one of my favorite places in Los Angeles.

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Secondly, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is back on September 17 offering free admission at participating institutions across the country. Unfortunately, there are only three participants in L.A. County this year, and among those the California African American Museum is always free and the Flight Path Museum has apparently fully booked its freebie slots. That leaves The GRAMMY Museum, which I will say very rarely offers free admission, so maybe that’s worth a look.

As I remind you every month, 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.

Now… on to the rundown!

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for September 2022

[SEPTEMBER 1] 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 September 1 free day will be available on Thursday, August 25 at 9 a.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 1] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 1] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 1] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 1USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 2] Kidspace Children’s Museum (free from 4 to 7 p.m. every first Friday. Advanced reservation required).

[SEPTEMBER 4] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 4] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[SEPTEMBER 8] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 8] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 8USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 11USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

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

[SEPTEMBER 11] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[SEPTEMBER 13] 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)

[SEPTEMBER 13] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[SEPTEMBER 15] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 15] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 15USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)]

[SEPTEMBER 17] The GRAMMY Museum offers free admission as part of Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Advanced reservation required.

[SEPTEMBER 18] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 18] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[SEPTEMBER 20Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting September 1)

[SEPTEMBER 20South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[SEPTEMBER 20Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available starting August 31)

[SEPTEMBER 22] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 22] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 22USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 25] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 25] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[SEPTEMBER 29] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[SEPTEMBER 29] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[SEPTEMBER 29USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)


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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