So Los Angeles is Having a Huge Museum Free-For-All Day On The Last Saturday of January

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UPDATE 12/27/15: This post initially stated the free-for-all-day was on the final Sunday in January. It is in fact Saturday, January 30, 2016. Apologies for any confusion!

Every year in January a group of marketing and communications professionals from top museums all over Southern California band together to create a special day where citizens can explore some of our region’s most iconic institutions free of charge.


They call it the Museum Free-For-All Day and it’s been happening for over a decade now. Here’s how it works:

On the last Sunday Saturday in January more than two dozen museums in the L.A. area will offer free admission (not including specially ticketed exhibitions), allowing local residents an amazing opportunity to check out the culture of their city free of charge. And that’s it!

Participants for this year include many locations that are not normally free such as the Natural History Museum, LACMA, MOCA, and Descanso Gardens along with museums that regularly offer free admission such as both Getty campuses and The Broad.

If you can’t make it the weekend of the 30th, make sure you check out the complete list of museum free museum days in January, and keep in mind there are plenty of L.A. museums that are always free.

Check the full list of participating museums for the free-for-all after the jump.

Getty Center Garden
The Getty Center. Credit: Nick Webb via flickr

Participating Museums:

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Tolerance  (Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of the free-for-all)

Natural History Museum

Orange County Museum of Art

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

The Paley Center for Media

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Skirball Cultural Center (Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museum Free-for-All.
Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served)


USC Pacific Asia Museum

William S. Hart Museum

Zimmer Children’s Museum (Closed on Saturdays. Will offer free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of the free-for-all)

What: SoCal Museum Free-For-All Day (official site of free-for-all-organizers)

When: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Where: Various locations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California

Remember that the free admission offer is for general museum admission only at participating museums only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply.

For transit options, keep in mind Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro bus or rail. For fair discounts visit

Check individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.



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