Los Angeles Free Museum Days 2020

Los Angeles has a plethora of museums to visit *all* the time. Luckily, many of the offer free admission on a regular basis, meaning you can take in incredible art, artifacts, and interactive exhibits as often as you want.

Below, we outlined more than 20 museums you can visit for free in 2020. Simply read the details, check the museum’s hours, and you’re set! 

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Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

  • Admission is always free!

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Autry Museum

4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Autry offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families.

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California African American Museum

600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

  • Admission is always free!

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California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

  • Admission is Free for main gallery exhibits. Additional ticket is required for IMAX films or to see Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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Craft Contemporary

5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Though Craft Contemporary does not offer totally free admission, it’s worth mentioning that on Sundays, they offer admission on a donation basis.

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

  • Free admission the third Tuesday of every month.

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Forest Lawn Museum

1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

  • You’d be surprised, but the museum located inside the Forest Lawn cemetery actually hosts really rad exhibits. Recently, they featured the work of several female National Geographic photographers, and even once hosted a photo exhibition honoring David Bowie.

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Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

  • Admission is always free, you only have to pay for parking. Parking is $20; $15 after 3 pm. For evening events and on Saturdays, parking is $10 after 6 pm.

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Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

  • Admission is Free. An advance timed-entry ticket is required. Parking is $20; $15 after 3 pm. For evening events, parking is $10 after 6 pm.

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Griffith Observatory

2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Admission is free, but a fee is required to see shows in the Planetarium.

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Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

  • Admission is always free

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Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

  • Free admission on the first Thursday of every month with reservation of advance tickets.

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Institute of Contemporary Art LA

1717 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

  • Admission is always free.

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LA Arboretum

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

  • Free admission on the third Tuesday of the month

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La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Visit the Tar Pits for free the first Tuesday of each month (except for July and August.) In September, visit for free every single Tuesday. The museum also recommends making an advance ticket reservation.

  • With ID, free admission is also offered to CA EBT cardholders, CA teachers, and active or retired military.

  • LA County residents receive free museum admission Monday - Friday afternoons, from 3PM - 5PM. Just bring ID!

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5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • LA residents visit free after 3PM on Monday - Friday.

  • All visitors can visit free the second Tuesday of each month.

  • If you have a Bank of America card, you can visit for free during the first full weekend of every month.

  • Children (12 and under) and Teens (13 - 17) residing in LA County receive free admission. 

  • Children (12 and under) residing outside LA county receive free admission. 

  • From Memorial Day through Labor Day, general admission is free to all active-duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families.

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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

100 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Admission is always free.

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MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the schindler house

835 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

  • Visit the MAK Center for free on Fridays from 4PM - 6PM. Visit free on International Museum Day (May 18, 2019), and R.M. Schindler's birthday (September 10).

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MOCA + Geffen contemporary at moca

MOCA: 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: 152 N Central Ave Los Angeles, 90012

  • Both MOCA and The Geffen Contemporary now offers free admission as of January 11, 2020. For special exhibits, a paid ticket may be required.

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Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

  • MOLAA offers free admission every Sunday, and the fourth Thursday of each month from 5PM - 9PM.

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

  • Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August, and free every Tuesday in September.

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Norton Simon Museum

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

  • Enjoy free admission at the Norton Simon Museum on the first Friday of every month from 5PM - 8PM.

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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

  • Free admission every Thursday.

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The Broad Museum

221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • The Broad always offers free admission, but tickets go fast. Reserve online to make sure you get in. Plus, it’s important to know that their general admission ticket only includes their permanent collection. Check the museum’s site for any specially ticketed exhibitions they may have going on.

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USC Pacific Asia Museum

46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

  • Free admission the second Sunday of every month, and Thursdays from 5PM - 8PM.

See more art happenings over on our DoArts page.