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40+ Museums Will Be Free This Saturday for the SoCal Museum Free-For-All

January 21, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Urban Light at LACMA
Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

This Saturday, Jan. 25, thousands of Angelenos will flock to their favorite cultural institutions for a day of freebies and fun. 2020’s SoCal Museum Free-For-All joins over 40 Southern California arts and culture institutions for one day of free admission. The annual event is now in its 15th year, and it’s safe to say the first decade and a half have been a huge hit with the public.

As in years past, the lineup of participants includes some museums that are free year-round (The Getty, Hammer Museum, The Broad) along with many others that normally charge admission fees (Natural History Museum, LACMA, Kidspace Museum, La Brea Tar Pits Museum, The Autry).


Since the free-for-all date tends to draw significant crowds, I wouldn’t recommend planning to hit more than a couple on the list, and even that might be a stretch. No reason to give yourself an aneurism from the various parking challenges likely to be faced. This should be a day of fun, not stress.

For those curious you’ll find the full list of this year’s participants below. Please remember that admission does include access to special exhibitions, unless otherwise noted.

Hope you enjoy!

SoCal Museum Free-For-All Participants

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (The Museum opens later this year, but they’re hosting a special pop-up for the Free-For-All day)

American Museum of Ceramic Art

Automobile Driving Museum

Autry Museum of the American West

Bowers Museum

The Broad (The Broad’s special exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, will be free along with general admission on Saturday, Jan. 25 only)

California African American Museum

California Science Center

Cayton Children’s Museum

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Craft Contemporary

Descanso Gardens

Forest Lawn Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Getty Center Museum

Getty Villa Museum

Glendora Historical Society

Hammer Museum

Heroes Hall Veterans Museum


Japanese American National Museum

Kidspace Children’s Museum

La Brea Tar Pits (General admission only; free tickets available at

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes


Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust


Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Museum of Tolerance (Note that The Museum of Tolerance will be participating on Sunday, Jan. 26 only)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (general admission only; free tickets available at

OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)

Pomona College Museum of Art

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (Please note free admission is for the museum only, not the Sea Center)

Skirball Cultural Center

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

The International Printing Museum

The Wende Museum

Torrance Art Museum

USC Fisher Museum of Art

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Valley Relics Museum

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