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, a little planning can save you money and put you face-to-face with priceless art, fascinating artefacts or important pieces of American history.
Here are a few of our favourite museums:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art: With over 100,000 artefacts dating back to ancient times, LACMA is the largest museum in the western United States. Set on 8 hectares along Museum Row, this museum is free every day after 5 pm 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 49 hectares of ever-changing gardens. This estate is free the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am-4:30pm. 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 5-8pm.
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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