Museum admission rates add up when you’re not a member. But many Los Angeles museums offer free admission days during the week. So next time you're in town, or feel like playing hookey, a little planning can save you a few bucks and put you inches away from priceless art, fascinating artifacts or important pieces of American history.
Here are a few of my favorite museums:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: With over 100,000 artifacts dating back to ancient times, LACMA is the largest museum in the western United States. Set on 20 acres along Museum Row, this museum is free every day after 5 p.m. and the second Tuesday of each month.
The Getty Villa Malibu: Set on a cliff overlooking Malibu, the sister museum to The Getty Center Los Angeles is dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. Simply go online to make a reservation as this museum is always free.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: Founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, this collection ranges from rare books and manuscripts to an immense British, French and American art collection surrounded by 120 acres of ever-changing gardens. This estate is free the first Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are required.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles: Organized into three buildings, the MOCA is the city's only museum entirely devoted to contemporary art. All locations are free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
Griffith Observatory: Open Wednesday-Sunday, the Observatory building and grounds are always free. Check its website for evening planetarium shows where fees do apply.
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