We Like L.A., "L.A.'s Massive Museum Free-for-All Day Returns on Sunday, Jan. 29," December 27, 2016 by Brian Champlin
Museum free-for-all day is back!
Every year a group of marketing and communications professionals from top museums all over Southern California join forces to orchestrate a special day that offers the chance to explore some of our region’s most iconic institutions free of charge.
For 2017 the big day takes place on Sunday, Jan. 29, and it will include over 30 museums offering free admission at locations spread throughout the greater Southern California area.
Participants for this year include many locations that are not normally free such as the Natural History Museum, LACMA, MOCA, and Descanso Gardens, along with museums that regularly offer free admission such as both Getty campuses, The Natural History Museum, and The Broad.
Because your schedule may prevent you from taking advantage of the big day, we urge you to keep in mind there are plenty of L.A. museums that are always free or offer monthly free admission days.
You can check the full list of participating museums for the free-for-all after the jump.
LAist, "Visit 31 SoCal Museums for Free in January," by Juliet Bennett Rylah in Arts & Entertainment on December 28, 2016
Museums For-For-All Museum has returned! On Sunday, January 29, over two dozen museums will open their doors for free, offering a great opportunity to get up early and take in some art, history, science and culture all around town. Note that free admission does not include free access to special exhibitions and that some museums, like Getty Villa and Descanso Gardens, will require you to get timed tickets online in advance.
Metro has also partnered with several of the museums, offering additional discounts.
Annenberg Space for Photography, Armory Center for the Arts, Autry Museum of the American West, The Broad, California African American Museum, California Science Center, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Descanso Gardens, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine, Getty Center, Getty Villa, Hammer Museum, Japanese American Museum, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Laguna Art Museum, La Brea Tar Pits (general admission), La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, LACMA, MOCA, Museum of Tolerance, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Orange County Museum of Art, The Paley Center for Media, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pomona College Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Skirball Cultural Center, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Zimmer Children’s Museum.
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is not free on the 29th, but will be free on Saturday, January 28. Learn more information about participating museums.
If you're looking for some suggestions, there's the new "California Continued" exhibit at the Autry, which includes two galleries, an immersive video installation, and a gorgeous, 7,000-square-foot ethnobotanical garden containing over 60 native California plant species. The Natural History Museum will have their new "Diamonds: Rare Brilliance" exhibit, which contains several brilliantly colored and rare gems, including the Juliet Pink Diamond and the Argyle Violet Diamond. This exhibit opened earlier in December and will be on display through March 19. The Getty has “Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media,” which features art inspired by news media from the 1960s though the present day. The date will also be one of your last chances to check out "Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space" at the California African American Museum. Thomas’s first solo exhibition explores black experiences in the United States through projections of symbols juxtaposed with audio from figures including Malcolm X and Richard Pryor. A microphone and moments of silence allow the observer to include their own insights. This exhibit will be up through February 19.