Southern California museums to go free on Jan. 31

An installation view of "Andy Warhol: Shadows" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.
(Christopher Knight / Los Angeles Times)

Many of the biggest museums around Southern California will offer free general admission to the public for one day only on Saturday, Jan. 31, as part of the 10th annual “Museums Free-For-All” program.

Among the participating museums this year will be the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the California Science Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. The full list of participating institutions, below, comprises 25 individual venues, including some museums that already offer free admission on a daily basis.

The Jan. 31 offer is good for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions, according to SoCal Museums, a joint marketing initiative among various local museums that is organizing the event. Regular parking rates apply.


The Museum of Tolerance and the Zimmer Children’s Museum are both closed on Saturdays, so they will be offering free general admission Feb. 1.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Chinese American Museum
Craft Folk & Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty Center
The Getty Villa (Timed tickets required)
Hammer Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance (Feb. 1)
The Paley Center for Media
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
The Torrance Art Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum
William S. Hart Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Feb. 1)

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