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50+ SoCal Museums Will Be Free on Sep. 17th to Help Launch Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

August 22, 2017 by Brian Champlin

One of SoCal’s largest artistic collaborations is right around the corner, and this year it comes with a freebie day that readers of this blog are sure to love.

Starting next month Pacific Standard Time LA/LA will shine a spotlight on Latin American and Latino art. The five-month long effort, which will officially launch via a massive party at Grand Park on September 14,  will present its theme through a variety of modes and mediums, with each exhibition tackling the topic from a unique angle, from activism and displacement to the very definition of identity itself.  The endeavor is both a celebration of our region’s diverse roots, as well as an opportunity to reframe the important connection between Los Angeles and its ties to Latin American culture.

Programming for PST LA/LA will appear at dozens of institutions all over Southern California, from university galleries to performing arts centers to iconic museums stretching from San Diego all the way up to Santa Barbara. And yes, there will be plenty of free ways to experience the collaborative movement, perhaps most noteworthy of which is a large scale free museum day happening during the kickoff weekend.

As part of the launch for PST LA/LA over 50 SoCal museums will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17, with thanks to the support of presenting sponsor Bank of America. Participating institutions include some that always offer free admission, such as The Getty, the California African American Museum, and others, plus museums that will be specially free just for this event, such as The Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA, The Autry Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art, and many others.

Just be advised (as is our usual disclaimer) that big free days like this tend to attract large crowds (be advised) and parking expense should always be taken into consideration when planning your day (think carpool, rideshare, or public transit if its close enough). No matter where you go, you should definitely check with the official website of the museum you plan on visiting before you make the trip.

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If you want options outside of the PST LA/LA big free day, be sure to check out our handy guide of free museums and free museums days.

List of participating museums after the jump!

Free Museum Day Participants for PST LA/LA

Wilshire Blvd outside LACMA

Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

West Los Angeles & The Valley
18th Street Arts Center
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Hammer Museum
Skirball Cultural Center
The Annenberg Space for Photography
The Getty Center

Midcity
Craft & Folk Art Museum
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

South Bay & Long Beach
Angels Gate Cultural Center
ESMoA
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Matlz Gallery
Torrance Art Museum
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach

Downtown & East LA
California African American Museum
Chinese American Museum
ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
Japanese American National Museum
Los Angeles Central Library
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
Self Help Graphics & Art
The Mistake Room
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Vincent Price Art Museum

Hollywood & West Hollywood
Autry Museum of the American West
LAXART
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) at West Hollywood Park
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood

Orange County
Chapman University
Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center

Pasadena & San Marino
Pasadena Museum of California Art

San Diego
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
University of San Diego, University Galleries

Santa Barbara & Ventura County
Art, Design & Architecture Museum UCSB
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Inland Cities
American Museum of Ceramic Arts
Millard Sheets Art Center
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
Pitzer College Art Galleries
Pomona College Museum of Art
Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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