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Published January 25, 2024

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles (2024)

How to visit LA's top museums for free. 🦕 🖼

by Los Angeles Bucket List


There are so many reasons we love LA; world-class shopping, beautiful hikes, stunning beaches, and sunny skies are just a few that come to mind. But Los Angeles is also home to some of the coolest museums in the world. From contemporary masterpieces at the Broad to ancient fossils at the Natural History Museum, exploring one of the city's many museums is always a good idea. Better yet, though, is exploring them for free.

Lots of LA's most iconic museums offer free admission days throughout the year, and some of them are always admission-free! We rounded up a list of all the free museums in LA, so next time you're planning a date, looking for something to do on a rare rainy day, or just want to see the space shuttle up close, you can do it without spending a penny.


Monthly Free Museum Admission Days

Autry Museum of the American West

  • Free admission every second Tuesday of every month. Free for active-duty military, veterans, and children under age 3.

Descanso Gardens

  • Free admission every third Tuesday of every month.

Kidspace Children's Museum

  • Free admission every first Friday of every month.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

  • Free admission every third Tuesday of the month.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • Free admission every second Tuesday of every month. Free weekly admission for LA residents (see next section)

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

  • Free admission on the first Thursday of every month (tickets must be reserved in advance).

USC Pacific Asia Museum

  • Free admission on the second Sunday of every month, and pay what you wish on Thursdays.


Weekly Free Museum Admission Days

Japanese American National Museum

  • Free admission every Thursday.

La Brea Tar Pits

  • Free admission for LA County residents with valid ID from 3-5 pm Monday–Friday.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • Free admission for LA County residents with valid ID on weekdays after 3pm.
  • Free admission for all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Free summer concerts (more info here).

Museum of Latin American Art

  • Free admission every Sunday.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA)

  • Free admission for LA County residents with valid ID from 3-5 pm Monday–Friday.

Skirball Cultural Center

  • Free admission every Thursday.


Daily Free Museum Admissions

The Broad

California African American Museum

California Science Center

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum

El Segundo Museum of Art

FIDM Museum & Galleries

Forest Lawn Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

The Getty

Getty Villa

Griffith Observatory

Hammer Museum

Hollywood Bowl Museum

Holocaust Museum LA

Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

MOCA Grand

Nethercutt Museum

Travel Town Museum

Torrance Art Museum

USC Fisher Museum of Art

Vincent Price Art Museum

The Wende Museum


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