The annual SoCal Museums Free-for-All returns for its 15th year with more than 40 institutions offering free admission on Saturday.
The event is meant to emphasize the array of cultural options in Southern California and also to point out that many museums do have other free days throughout the year, so entry fees need not be a barrier to the exhibitions, installations and event programming around the region.
A good number of the museums on the Free-for-All list, including the Broad, the Hammer, the Getty and now the Museum of Contemporary Art, are free year-round, so the strategic museum visitor might well focus on institutions that usually do charge, including the Cayton Children’s Museum, Descanso Gardens and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Free-for-All is a great opportunity to visit some lesser-known museums, such as Craft Contemporary, the American Museum of Ceramic Art or the Japanese American National Museum.
Museums Free-for-All participants
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona
Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
California Science Center, L.A.'s Exposition Park (some exhibits free year-round)
Cayton Children’s Museum, Santa Monica
Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey
Craft Contemporary, L.A.
Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge
Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu
Glendora Historical Society, Glendora (free year-round)
Heroes Hall Veterans Museum, Costa Mesa (free year-round)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in downtown L.A. (free year-round)
International Printing Museum, Carson
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, downtown L.A.
Los Angeles County Fire Museum, Bellflower
MOCA, downtown L.A. (free year-round)
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
Museum of Tolerance (participating on Sunday, Jan. 26)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Exposition Park
Orange County Museum of Art, temporarily relocated to Santa Ana (free year-round)
Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (museum only, not the Sea Center)
Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage
USC Fisher Museum of Art, University Park (free year-round)
Valley Relics Museum, Lake Balboa