Dozens of SoCal Museums Will Be Free on January 28

Mark those calendars for Jan. 28. That’s when more than three dozen museums throughout Southern California will be offering admission at no charge as part of the annual Museums Free-For-All Day.

The Urban Light (2000-07) installation created by renowned artist Chris Burden at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The Urban Light (2000-07) installation created by renowned artist Chris Burden at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Participating institutions include some that are usually free, including both Getty museums, the Broad and the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Others, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Tolerance, the LA Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the Museum of County Art, do charge regular admission prices.

As in past years, the special offer is good only for general admission, and ticketed exhibition prices will remain in place that day, according to SoCal Museums. Some museums will have timed tickets that need to be secured in advance.

Normal parking rates will also apply.

Museums Free-For-All is partnering with L.A. Metro and encourages visitors to use bus or rail service to get to their destinations. As noted by the organization, many of the participating museums are near bus or rail stops.

Here’s a list of the participating museums (all dates are for Jan. 28 unless otherwise indicated):

  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • The Broad
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center (General admission only. Timed reservation with convenience fee required for Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit)
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center (Sat., Jan. 28)
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum
  • Descanso Gardens
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine
  • Getty Center
  • Getty Villa (Timed tickets can be reserved by visiting
  • GRAMMY Museum
  • Hammer Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Japanese American Museum (Free tickets available here)
  • Kidspace Children’s Museum
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Free tickets can be reserved at
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
  • Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Free tickets can be reserved at
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Petersen Automotive Museum (Free tickets can be reserved here)
  • Pomona College Museum of Art
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets available on limited first-come, first served basis)
  • Sunnylands Center and Gardens
  • University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach)
  • USC Fisher Museum (Offering free admission Jan. 27; closed Jan. 28)
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum