Not watching the Super Bowl? Here’s the complete list of SoCal museums that are free this weekend

Felicity Jones, who plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the film "On the Basis of Sex," stands by an image of the Supreme Court justice at the Skirball Cultural Center's exhibit "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg." The center has free admission Sunday.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The 14th annual Museums Free-for-All is arriving just in time to provide some Super Bowl counterprogramming, with more than 40 cultural institutions across Southern California providing free admission this weekend.

Keep in mind that the deal extends to regular admission but may not cover special exhibitions, films or other attractions. Parking fees apply, as usual (another reason to use Metro, Consult each museum’s website for details about hours, addresses and what’s on view.

For the record:

10:25 a.m. Feb. 1, 2019An earlier version of this article incorrectly said admission would be free Saturday at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center. Admission will be free only at the museum, not the Sea Center.

Why not go big with a full day of culture? Descanso Gardens after breakfast, La Brea Tar Pits at noon and the Museum of Contemporary Art by sunset? One can try.

It’s worth noting that many of these museums offer free days weekly, monthly or periodically throughout the year (days and times listed at Some are always free, which we’ve noted in the list below to help with prioritizing, whether you’re perpetually pinching pennies or merely saving dollars for that lavish coffee-table catalog.

Here are the participating museums, with their regular admission fees in parentheses.


Free Saturday and Sunday

Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo ($8-$10)

Craft Contemporary (formerly the Craft and Folk Art Museum), L.A. ($5-$7)

Laguna Art Museum ($5-$7)

Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A. ($8-$15)

Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana ($7.50-$10)

USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena ($7-$10)

Hushidar Mortezaie and Jiyan Zandi's photograph "The Brotherhood" is part of the "Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video" exhibition on view at Craft Contemporary.
(Hushidar Mortezaie and Jiyan Zan)

Free Saturday only

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’s pop-up location at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, L.A. (museum still under construction)

Autry Museum of the American West, L.A. ($10-$14)

Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey ($3-$5)

Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, via ($6-$9)

Japanese American National Museum, L.A. via ($6-$12)

Kidspace Museum, Pasadena ($3-$14)

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, via ($12-$15)

LACMA, L.A. ($16-$25)

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont ($6-$10)

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History ($8-$12)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art ($6-$10)

The Japanese American National Museum will offer free admission Saturday. Pictured here: Detail of artwork by Esthelle Ishigo that depicts the Japanese interment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo., in 1942.
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Free Sunday only

Bowers Museum, Santa Ana ($10-$15)

Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton ($10)

Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach ($7-$10, free every Sunday)

Museum of Tolerance, L.A. ($11.50-$15.50)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, L.A., via ($10-$13)

Palm Springs Art Museum ($6-$14)

Skirball Cultural Center, L.A. ($9-$12)

Valley Relics Museum, Lake Balboa ($8-$10)

Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell, L.A. ($7.50)

"An Abode for Jackals," 2018, part of a Judithe Hernandez exhibition closing Feb. 17 at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. The museum offers free admission every Sunday.
(Museum of Latin American Art)

Usually free (and participating in the Free-for-All)

Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena

The Broad, L.A. (advance tickets recommended to avoid standby lines)

California African American Museum, L.A.

California Science Center, L.A. (permanent exhibition galleries are free, fee for Space Shuttle Endeavour and IMAX presentations)

Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine, Malibu

The Getty Center, Brentwood

The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades (timed tickets required)

Hammer Museum, L.A.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, L.A.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont

Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage (fee for tours)

USC Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.

Wende Museum of the Cold War, Culver City

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