February to Start Off with Free Museum Weekend – All Over SoCal

Southern California’s annual free museum adventure opens out to an entire weekend;Feb, 2nd and 3rd will see lots of SoCal’s most wonderful museums open their doors for free. It’s an invitation to be enjoyed.  A total of 45 institutions will participate in the two-day event, which will take place Feb. 2 and Feb. 3. Some of the museums will only offer free admission on Saturday or Sunday, but about half will not be charging either day.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Descanso Gardens, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Kidspace Museum are among the institutions that require purchased tickets for admission. Others like the California Science Center, Getty Villa, the Getty Center and the Broad are free year-round.

As in past years, the offer is only applicable for general admission, meaning museum-goers will still have to pay for specially ticket exhibitions and normal parking fees.

“For fourteen years, this event has brought many thousands of additional visitors from across the region to our exciting and vital museums,” Jennifer Caballero, Museums President and Marketing Director at the Skirball Cultural Center, said in a news release. “It’s a special weekend that invites Southern Californians and others to branch out and explore museums they may have never before visited, or to return to familiar spots.”

The event is also meant to serve as a reminder that many museums across the Southland offer free visitor days throughout the year. Those can be found on this chart.

Both Saturday and Sunday

Armory Center for the Arts
Automobile Driving Museum
The Broad (free advance general admission tickets are strongly recommended and can be reserved by going to www.thebroad.org)
California African American Museum
California Science Center (general admission only)
Craft and Folk Art Museum
Forest Lawn Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
The Getty Center
The Getty Villa (timed tickets are required and can be reserved at www.getty.edu)
Hammer Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Laguna Art Museum
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Orange County Museum of Art
Pomona College Museum of Art
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
USC Pacific Asia Museum

Saturday Only

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
(opening late 2019, but Free-for-All pop-up is accessible through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Autry Museum of the American West
Columbia Memorial Space Center
Descanso Gardens (free tickets are available at descansogardens.org/tickets)
Japanese American National Museum (free tickets are available at janm.org/freeforall)
Kidspace Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (free tickets are available at tarpits.org/freeforall.)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center (free admission to the museum only)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Wende Museum of the Cold War

Sunday Only

Bowers Museum
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (free tickets available at nhm.org/freeforall.)
Palm Springs Art Museum
Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.)
The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach
Valley Relics Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell

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