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L.A.’s Massive Museum Free-For-All Day Returns on Sunday, Jan. 29

December 27, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Museum free-for-all day is back!

Every year a group of marketing and communications professionals from top museums all over Southern California join forces to orchestrate a special day that offers the chance to explore some of our region’s most iconic institutions free of charge.

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For 2017 the big day takes place on Sunday, Jan. 29, and it will include over 30 museums offering free admission at locations spread throughout the greater Southern California area.

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, The Natural History Museum, and The Broad.

Because your schedule may prevent you from taking advantage of the big day, we urge you to keep in mind there are plenty of L.A. museums that are always free or offer monthly free admission days.

You can check the full list of participating museums for the free-for-all after the jump.

Urban Light at LACMA

Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Free Museum Participants

Annenberg Space for Photography

Armory Center for the Arts

Autry Museum of the American West

The Broad

California African American Museum

California Science Center (Excludes IMAX films and The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition. A timed reservation with a convenience fee is required for Space Shuttle Endeavour)

Columbia Memorial Space Center (Offering free admission on Saturday, Jan. 28, instead of Sunday, Jan. 29)

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Descanso Gardens  (Free, timed tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at www.descansogardens.org)

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine

Getty Center

Getty Villa (Free, timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu)

Hammer Museum

Japanese American Museum

Kidspace Children’s Museum

Laguna Art Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (General admission only; free tickets available at tarpits.org/freeforall)

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Tolerance 

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (Free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall)

Orange County Museum of Art

The Paley Center for Media

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Pomona College Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served)

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

Zimmer Children’s Museum


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

When: Sunday, January 29, 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 and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply.

Because the free-for-all day is one of the most popular times to visit for the entire year, we’d advise that you plan your visit(s) as early in the day in possible. In other words, expect a crowd!

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 metro.net/discounts.

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

And most of all, have fun!

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