Enjoy a Day of Free Culture

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles Museums

Ride over to Kidspace for Museum Free-For-All Day. PHOTO COURTESY KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Thirteen is the lucky number this month for those who like to visit Los Angeles museums. Jan. 28 marks the 13th annual Museums Free-For-All, a day where more than 30 Southern California cultural institutions welcome the public to visit free of charge.  

Take this opportunity to go to one of your family’s favorite museums or check out someplace new. Participating museums go from A (Annenberg Space for Photography) to Z (Zimmer Children’s Museum), while covering territory that stretches north to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, east to Palm Springs Art Museum and south to the Orange County Museum of Art. You can explore the American West at The Autry, the Far East at the Japanese American National Museum and outer space at Columbia Memorial Space Center. And these are just a few of the cultures and topics on offer. 

Families should note that Kidspace Children’s Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center are among the Free-For-All venues. The Skirball will distribute a limited number of timed-entry tickets to its popular Noah’s Ark on a first-come, first-served basis. Similarly, LACMA will offer timed entry for the Boone Children’s Gallery. Families can get free tickets for the Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits by going to tickets.nhm.org. Descanso Gardens, meanwhile, will be waiving admission fees one day early, on Jan. 27.  

For a complete list of participating museums, visit www.socalmuseums.org/free. 

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