100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Special Free Admission Days

Chris Burden "Urban Light" (2008) at LACMA

Chris Burden "Urban Light" (2008) at LACMA | Photo: Discover Los Angeles


In Los Angeles, free days at museums aren’t difficult to come by. In fact, so many L.A. museums offer free days that it's easy to enjoy some of L.A.'s greatest treasures without spending any money. Find out which days are free and discover some of L.A.'s best museums at no cost. For a detailed list, visit our guide to Free Museum Days in Los Angeles.

The famous "Dueling Dinos" in the Grand Foyer of the Natural History Museum | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

The famous "Dueling Dinos" in the Grand Foyer of the Natural History Museum | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Natural History Museum

Located in Exposition Park, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Free admission on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August, and free every Tuesday in September. L.A. County residents receive free museum admission to NHMLA Monday - Friday from 3-5 pm.

Kaiju vs Heroes JANM Japanese American National Museum

Kaiju vs Heroes Print by Brian McCarty | Photo courtesy of Japanese American National Museum

Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo is internationally recognized for its commitment to sharing the experience of Japanese Americans through exhibitions, public programs, an award-winning museum store, and resource center. Free admission every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., and all day every third Thursday of the month.

Autry Museum of the American West

Located in Griffith Park, the Autry Museum of the American West features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and more. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant collections of Native American materials in the country. Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month.

Chris Burden "Urban Light" (2008) at LACMA

Chris Burden "Urban Light" (2008) at LACMA | Photo: Discover Los Angeles

LACMA

The largest art museum in the western United States, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) houses a collection that includes nearly 130,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Free admission on the second Tuesday of every month. Free admission for L.A. County residents with ID weekdays after 3 p.m.

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center, Facebook

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center, Facebook

Skirball Cultural Center

Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has established itself as one of the world's most important Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Free admission every Thursday.

Mak Center For Art & Architecture at Schindler House

Mak Center For Art & Architecture at Schindler House

Mak Center for Art and Architecture

The Mak Center for Art and Architecture is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture headquartered in architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s landmark House and Studio (1922) in West Hollywood. Free admission on Fridays from 4-6 p.m., on International Museum Day (held annually in May) and R.M. Schindler's birthday (September 10).

Huntington Library Chinese Garden Pavilion Bridge

Pavilion of the Three Friends and the Jade Ribbon Bridge at Garden of Flowing Fragrance | Photo: The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library

Founded in 1919, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is an oasis of art and culture on 207 acres. Explore breathtaking themed gardens, a conservatory, four art galleries and an extraordinary collection of rare books. Free admission on the first Thursday of every month with advance tickets, which can be reserved online.

Rembrandt "Self-Portrait" at the Norton Simon Museum

Self-Portrait, about 1636–38. Oil on panel, 24 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (63.2 x 50.5 cm). [detail] The Norton Simon Foundation, Pasadena, F.1969.18.P

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon Museum's permanent collection includes European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Approximately 1,000 works from the permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the museum's galleries and sculpture garden. Free admission on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.

Grace Nicholson Building at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena

Grace Nicholson Building | Photo: USC Pacific Asia Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum

The collection of the USC Pacific Asia Museum has grown to more than 17,000 objects, including rare and representative examples of art and ethnographic objects from Asia and the Pacific Islands, spanning more than five thousand years. Free admission on Thursday 5-8pm and the second Sunday of every month.

MOLAA Tomas Ochoa "Goal"

Tomás Ochoa - "Goal" from the "Paradise Black Line" series, 2017. Gunpowder on canvas, 94 ½ x 189 inches, Polyptych. Courtesy of the artist and Galería Licenciado.

Museum of Latin American Art

Founded in 1996, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size, added a 15,000 square foot sculpture garden and expanded its permanent collection. Free admission every Sunday, and the fourth Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m.