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 2019. Simply read the details, check the museum’s hours, and you’re set! LA’s free-for-all museum weekend has already passed, but keep an eye on our newsletter and socials for when the 2020 dates are announced.
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2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
- Admission is always free!
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4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
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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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5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
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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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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
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1717 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
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301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
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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 17 and under are always free.
On specific holidays, all visitors can access the museum for free: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 21, 2019), Presidents Day (February 18, 2019), and Memorial Day (May 27, 2019)
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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100 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
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835 N Kings Rd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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4357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
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MOCA: 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA: 152 N Central Ave Los Angeles, 90012
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628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
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900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
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411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
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2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
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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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46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
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