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So There’s a FREE Museum Day in L.A. on March 12 Sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine

February 25, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Ready for a little free museum action this March?

Check it.


Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to any and all guests presenting a Museum Day Live! voucher.

As it stands right now there are seven museums around L.A. County that will be participating in Museum Day Live! on Saturday, March 12.

It’s not quite as wide in scope as the museum free-for-all we had back in January, but it’s still a nice excuse to go out and explore some of the great culture of our fair city.

In order to get a voucher guests must register at the Smithsonian website. The voucher will be good for free admission to any of the participating venues on March 12 including the Museum of Latin American Art, The Grammy Museum, the Japanese American Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Santa Monica History Museum, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the Japanese American National Museum, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Something to keep in mind: Among this list both the Plaza de Cultura y Artes and The Fowler Museum are free year-round, but locations like the Grammy Museum (that normally charge a $12.95 adult admission) might be a better target to take advantage of on the special occasion.

Also, if you’re already booked up for that day, keep in mind this handy list of free museum days that take place every month in Los Angeles.

As always, be sure to check the official websites of the venues you choose to visit and take parking costs in to consideration when planning your trip.

For more information and to register for your Museum Day Live! voucher please visit the official website. If you have specific questions about the event, I’d urge you to start with the FAQ page.