Though the holidays are considered one of the most magical times of the year, the end of January holds a special treat for anyone in the Southern California region. On the last Saturday in January, some of the best museums from around the county will be opening their doors and waiving the fees and I guarantee you’ll find a museum in each nook of the city that tickle’s your fancy, as well as your brain.
If you’re into Contemporary Art head over to the MOCA or the latest museum – The Broad in downtown Los Angeles, for photography – the Annenberg Space for Photography has you covered, get a close up with a dinosaur at the California Academy of Sciences or the La Brea Tar Pits, marvel over Greco-Roman art and architecture at the Getty Villa in Malibu or the beauty of botanicals at the Descanso Gardens in Pasadena.
Even with the eight years that I’ve lived in the city of angels, I haven’t had the opportunity to frequent the museums as much as I would like. So far, I can cross only a handful off of the list but believe me when I say these are all on my bucket list. As of now, I’ve visited each Getty location and was lucky enough to see Tim Burton’s exhibit at the LACMA a few years back, plus the California Science Museum, the Descanso Gardens and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
Available Day Adventures
The museums below are all available for free admission on January 30th – so round up the troops, call up the squad and get the gang together; this is one Winter treat you won’t want to miss out on!
Annenberg Space for Photography
Autry Museum of the American West
California African American Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art [LACMA]
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles [MOCA]
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Pasadena Museum of California Art
The following museums are closed on Saturdays, but will be offering up a free Sunday to any still itching for an excursion on 1/31:
Now, be warned – all of Los Angeles is going to be out and about that weekend, and the museums are bound to get a little packed. So if you’re a stickler on a time crunch or a tad claustrophobic, never fear – there are plenty of museums and local gardens that offer up a free day a month!
The Arboretum – Free the 3rd Tuesday of Every Month
Descanso Gardens – Free the 3rd Tuesday of Every Month
The Huntington Botanical Gardens – The First Thursday of Every Month
Getty Villa – Admission is always free, Parking is on a Pay Basis
For a glance at the Free Museum and Garden days with more detail – the So Cal Museum’s website set up this handy grid:
For more details, visit the official website for So Cal’s Free Museum Day!
Which venue strikes your fancy? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂