Free Museum Days!

May 23, 2012
By: Free Museum Days list compiled by Lauren Albrecht
top image; Naypong

Anything free in my book is a winner!  Families these days in our tough economy need to know about special perks every now and then.  I just love to share insider tips with parents, grandparents, and caregivers so that we can all take advantage of budget-friendly outings and "meanderings!"  This is the most complete Free Museum Days list that I know of!  Plan ahead and make your family outing not only free, but educational.  There are several Free Days on weekends too!  As always, make sure you cross-check the museum's website before you go just in case they make any changes to their "free" day policies.  And do let me know what the changes are(! 

Monthly Free Museum Days

Page Museum, La Brea Tarpits (1st Tuesday)

Natural History Museum (1st Tuesday)

Huntington Library, (1st Thursday, tickets required)

Norton Simon Museum (1st Friday, 6-9 pm)

Pasadena Museum of California Art (1st Friday)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2nd Tuesday)

Autry Center (2nd Tuesday)

Los Angeles County Arboretum (3rd Tuesday)

Japanese American National Museum (3rd Thursday & Target FREE Saturdays - check website for dates)

Pacific Asia Museum (4th Friday)

Kidspace Children's Museum (1st Tuesday)

La Habra Children's Museum (1st Saturday)

Bowers Museum (1st Sunday)


Weekly Free Museum Days

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Ave, Thursday 5-8pm) 

MOCA Geffen Contemporary (Thursday 5-8 pm)

Skirball Cultural Center (Thursday)

UCLA Hammer Museum (Thursday)

Long Beach Museum of Art (Friday)

Museum of Latin American Art (Friday)

Japanese American National Museum (every Thurs. from 5-8pm)


Always Free

California African American Museum

California Science Center

Olvera Street, El Pueblo de Los Angeles

Fowler Museum of Cultural History

The Getty Center ($15 parking)

The Getty Villa (timed ticket required, $15 parking)

Griffith Observatory

Hollywood Bowl Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (free with NextGen enrollment)

The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum (Saturdays, 10-4)

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

MOCA Pacific Design Center

Santa Monica Museum of Art (Suggested $5 donation)

Travel Town Museum

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Thanks to Macaroni Kid - Pasadena for providing this fanastic information!  If you would like to sign-up for Pasadena's E-newsletter, check it out at   

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