Full List of 45 SoCal Museums Offering Free Admission as Annual ‘Free-for-All’ Day Returns Next Month

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Chris Burden's "Urban Light" installation at LACMA is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” installation at LACMA is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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Southern California’s annual free museum day returns next month, and this time it will take place over an entire weekend.

A total of 45 institutions will participate in the two-day event, which will take place Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Some of the museums will only offer free admission on Saturday or Sunday, but about half will not be charging either day.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Descanso Gardens, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Kidspace Museum are among the institutions that require purchased tickets for admission.

Others like the California Science Center, Getty Villa, the Getty Center and the Broad are free year-round.

As in past years, the offer is only applicable for general admission, meaning museumgoers will still have to pay for specially ticket exhibitions and normal parking fees.

“For fourteen years, this event has brought many thousands of additional visitors from across the region to our exciting and vital museums,” Jennifer Caballero, Museums President and Marketing Director at the Skirball Cultural Center, said in a news release. “It’s a special weekend that invites Southern Californians and others to branch out and explore museums they may have never before visited, or to return to familiar spots.”

The event is also meant to serve as a reminder that many museums across the Southland offer free visitor days throughout the year. Those can be found on this chart.

Both Saturday and Sunday

  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Automobile Driving Museum
  • The Broad (free advance general admission tickets are strongly recommended and can be reserved by going to www.thebroad.org)
  • California African American Museum
  • California Science Center (general admission only)
  • Craft and Folk Art Museum
  • Forest Lawn Museum
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
  • The Getty Center
  • The Getty Villa (timed tickets are required and can be reserved at www.getty.edu)
  • Hammer Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Laguna Art Museum
  • La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Orange County Museum of Art
  • Pomona College Museum of Art
  • Sunnylands Center & Gardens
  • USC Pacific Asia Museum

Saturday Only

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
    (opening late 2019, but Free-for-All pop-up is accessible through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center
  • Descanso Gardens (free tickets are available at descansogardens.org/tickets)
  • Japanese American National Museum (free tickets are available at janm.org/freeforall)
  • Kidspace Museum
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (free tickets are available at tarpits.org/freeforall.)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center (free admission to the museum only)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • USC Fisher Museum of Art
  • Wende Museum of the Cold War

Sunday Only

  • Bowers Museum
  • Muckenthaler Cultural Center
  • Museum of Latin American Art
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.)
  • Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.)
  • The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach
  • Valley Relics Museum
  • Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell


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