Free Days at SoCal Museums

Griffith Park Observatory

It can get pretty expensive to take the whole family out for a day of enlightment and education at Southern California’s wonderful museums, so be sure to take advantage of the Free Days they offer. If you know of any other savvy deals for SoCal museums, please pass them along to us. Find the Orange County and Inland Empire listings further down the page.


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LOS ANGELES COUNTY FREE ADMISSION

Autry Museum of the American West – FREE 2nd Tuesday.  BofA FREE first full weekend.
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (inside Griffith Park)  323-667-2000
FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for Bank of America “Museums On Us” free days. Also always FREE for active military, veterans, and peace officers. Other days seniors/students get discounts. FREE admission with purchase of the Go Los Angeles Card.

California Science Center – Always FREE  (formerly known as The Museum of Science and Industry)
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037.  323-724-3623
FREE admission to exhibits. Fees for IMAX and simulators.

The J. Paul Getty Museums – Always FREE
The Getty Center – 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Closed Mondays.
The Getty Villa (Malibu) – 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Freservations required. Closed Tuesdays.

The Griffith ObservatoryGriffith Observatory Media Information – Always FREE
2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (inside Griffith Park)  213-473-0800
FREE admission to exhibits and nighttime telescope viewing, fee for Planetarium shows. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. Parking is free.

The Hammer Museum – FREE Thursdays. BofA Free first weekend.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024.  310-443-7000
FREE all Thursdays. Other days seniors get a discount. Closed Mondays.

The Huntington Library – FREE first Thursday
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108.  626-405-2100
FREE on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets (they go fast, so plan ahead). Other days seniors/students/children get discounts. Closed Tuesdays. Parking is free.

Japanese American National Museum – FREE third Thursday, and Thursdays after 5pm
369 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  213-625-0414
FREE admission every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, and every third Thursday of the month. Closed Mondays. Seniors/students get a discount on other days. FREE admission with purchase of the Go Los Angeles Card.

Kidspace Children’s Space Museum – FREE first Tuesday after 4pm
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103.  626-449-9144
FREE Family Night on the first Tuesday of every month from 4pm-8pm. Parking is free.

La Brea Tar Pits, Page Museum – FREE first Tuesday
5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  323-934-PAGE
FREE admission on the first Tuesday of each month. Other days seniors/students/children get a discount.

Long Beach Museum of Art – FREE Fridays, FREE Thursday 5-8pm
2300 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803.  562-439-2119
FREE admission every Friday, and Thursdays 5pm-8pm. Other days seniors/students get a discount. Parking is free. Closed Monday- Wednesday.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art – FREE second Tuesday, and weekdays after 5pm. BofA FREE first weekend. FREE select holidays.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036.  323-857-6000
FREE admission on the second Tuesday of each month to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions. Also FREE admission after 5 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions for all Los Angeles County residents with proof of residency. FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. Also FREE admission on selected holidays offered by Target. Other days students/seniors get discounted admission. Closed Wednesdays.

Museums of Contemporary ArtFREE Thursday after 5pm
MOCA Main Museum- 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  213-626-6222
The Geffen Contemporary – 152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FREE admission to MOCA Grand Avenue/Geffen Contemporary every Thursday 5–8pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
MOCA Pacific Design Center – 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
FREE – always. Closed Mondays. FREE admission with purchase of the Go Los Angeles Card.

Museum of Latin American Art – BofA FREE first full weekend
628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.  562-437-1689
FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. Other days seniors/students $2 off.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles – FREE first Tuesday
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007.  213-763-DINO
FREE admission on the first Tuesday of each month. Always FREE for active military, and USC students (except on USC game days), must present photo ID. Other days seniors/students/children get around $2 off.

The Nethercutt Museum and Collection – Always FREE
15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342.  818-364-6464
Reservations suggested for The Collection. One of the world’s greatest automobile collections. Closed Sundays, Mondays.

Norton Simon Museum – FREE first Friday
411 W. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105.  626-449-6840
FREE admission on the first Friday of every month from 6pm to 9pm. Other days free admission for students, seniors $5 off. Parking is free.

Pacific Asia Museum – FREE fourth Friday
46 North Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101.  626-449-2742
FREE admission the fourth Friday of each month. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. Parking is free. Other days seniors/students $2 off.

Rancho Los Alamitos Ranch and Gardens – Always FREE
6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815.  562-431-3541
FREE admission. Closed Monday, Tuesday.

Rancho Los Cerritos Museum and Library – Always FREE
4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807.  562-570-1755
FREE Admission. Closed Monday, Tuesday.

Zimmer Children’s Museum – Grandparents FREE
6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048.  323-761-8989
Grandparents FREE when accompanied by a grandchild. Closed Mondays, Saturdays. Parking – FREE. Also part of the Go Los Angeles Card discount.

Travel Town – Always FREE
5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. (inside Griffith Park)  323-662-5874
FREE – always. Parking – FREE. Trains, Planes, and Firetrucks.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden – FREE third Tuesday
301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA, 91007.  626-821-3222
FREE admission on the third Tuesday of the month (no tram on Free days). Other days seniors/students $2 off, tram $4 off.

Southcoast Botanical Gardens – FREE third Tuesday
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.  310-544-1948
FREE admission the third Tuesday of each month. Seniors/students $2 off other days.


ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM FREE ADMISSION

Bowers Museum – FREE first Sunday, and third Tuesday
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706.  714-567-3600
FREE admission to permanent exhibits for Santa Ana residents with proof of residency on the first Sunday and third Tuesday of every month. Closed Monday.

Discovery Science Center – Buy Tickets Online and save $2. 
Discovery Science Center, 2500 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
FREE for BofA and Merrill Lynch cardholders the first Sunday of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. [Location & Map]

Fullerton Arboretum – Always FREE
1900 Associated Road, Fullerton, CA 92831.  657-278-3407
FREE admission. Parking – FREE.

La Habra’s Children’s Museum – FREE first Saturday
301 South Euclid St, La Habra, CA 90631. 562-905-9793
FREE Target day the first Saturday of the month. Closed Mondays. Children 2 and under Free.

MUZEO – Currently no Free days.
241 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805.  714-956-8936
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays. Parking- FREE.

Laguna Art MuseumFREE first weekend.
307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. (949) 494-8971

Orange County Museum of Art – FREE second Sunday
850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.  949-759-1122
FREE admission on the second Sunday of every month. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Parking is FREE.


OTHER MUSEUM FREE DAYS IN SOCAL

The Living Desert – BofA FREE first full weekend
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260.  760-346-5694
FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. Seniors can get $2 off.

Palm Springs Art Museum – BofA FREE first full weekend. FREE Thursdays 4-8pm. FREE second Sunday.
101 Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262.  760-322-4800
FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. FREE admission every Thurdsay during Villagefest from 4-8pm. Also FREE admission on the second Sunday of the month. Closed Mondays. Regular admission – adults $12.50, seniors/students $10.50/$5.

Riverside Art Museum – BofA, FREE first full weekend. FREE first Thursday night
3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside CA 92501.  951-684-7111
FREE admission for BofA cardholders the first full weekend of every month for “Museums On Us” free days. FREE admission on the first Thursday of the month from 6-9pm. Closed Sundays. Regular admission – adults $5, seniors/students $2.