100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles: Free Museums

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When it comes to Los Angeles museums, the words “free admission” have a certain ring. Imagine standing before a priceless van Gogh without having paid a dime, or strolling through the galleries and gardens filled with Roman statuary at the renowned Getty Villa. Artistic "free"-dom indeed.

53.   The Marciano Art Foundation: This new contemporary art museum boasts a collection of established, mid-career and emergings artists, from the 1990s to the present. Tickets are free--just reserve online.

54.    California African American Museum: The California African American Museum’s exhibitions enhance public knowledge of African American contributions to society.

55.    California Science Center: One of the coolest museums in LA is the California Science Center. Through hands-on experiences in the galleries there, you'll learn about human inventions and innovations, the processes of living things and more. Opened October 30, 2012, the Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit is also free, but advance, timed tickets are required, and a nominal service fee applies. This is one of our downtown LA museums science buffs will appreciate

56.    Fowler Museum at UCLA: Looking for multicultural museums in LA? Exhibitions from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, past and present, lend a unique and intriguing atmosphere to Fowler Museum events.

57.    Getty Center and Getty Villa: One of our most beautiful Los Angeles museums  overlooks the California coastline and the L.A. skyline. The Getty Center surrounds guests with breathtaking views and a world-class art collection including European paintings, contemporary photographs and decorative arts. The magnificent Malibu property, the Getty Villa, includes an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria

58.    Hammer Museum: Collections include works by Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Sargent. The Hammer Museum also features lectures, symposia, film series, readings and musical performances.

59.    Hollywood Bowl Museum: Located on the grounds of the iconic venue, this museum houses the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and also highlights great moments in classical and Latin music, jazz and rock & roll.

60.    Homestead Museum: In the City of Industry, this historic site features two homes dating from the 1840s and 1920s, and a private cemetery.

61.    Annenberg Space for Photography: Nestled within the Century Park office complex, inside the former Shubert Theatre space, these galleries are dedicated to celebrating both digital and print photography.

62.    The Paley Center for Media: More than just a museum, the Paley Center is an institution dedicated to educating the public and exploring the intersection between media and society. It leads discussions about television, radio and emerging platforms, and the cultural, creative and social significance of these expressions.

63.    ICA LA: This new museum of contemporary art in the burgeoning arts district organizes dynamic exhibitions in all mediums and across disciplines, complemented by outstanding educational programs for people of all ages. Aims to make contemporary art relevant and accessible to all art and culture fans. Be sure to check their calendar of weekend events for non-traditional BBQs and  family fun.

64.    Travel Town Museum: One of our most fun local museums is located in Griffith Park. This museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of railroading in the western United States, featuring displays of historic steam locomotives, passenger cars and trolleys.

65.    The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising: FIDM's collection of more than 15,000 costumes, accessories and textiles from the 19th century through the present day includes film and theater costumes.

66.    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: LAMH dedicates itself as a primary-source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and those who survived the Holocaust, by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the war, the ghettos and ultimately, the death camps.

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