Top 5: Free Museums in Los Angeles

by Katie Skrzek

Jun 19, 2016

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Los Angeles has no shortage of unique museums. If you’re on a budget in the City of Angels, check out one of the spots for a dose of culture at no cost.


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The Broad

Opened in September 2015, The Broad is a contemporary art museum. The collection contains more than 2,000 works from celebrated artists including Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room installment is a highlight.


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California Science Center

Ideal for families, the California Science Center offers hands-on experiences within its galleries. The permanent collection includes items concerning human innovations and the processes of living things. Visiting special exhibits or IMAX come at a fee.


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California African American Museum

The California African American Museum educates the public on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans, with a special focus on California and the western United States. The 44,000-square-foot facility boasts three exhibition galleries, a theater, courtyard, conference center and library.



The Getty Center

Part of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Center in Los Angeles offers breathtaking views of the city. The collection includes European drawings, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, decorative arts and photography. The Getty Center is closed on Mondays.


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Griffith Observatory

Located high above the city in Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory is home to permanent exhibits and a planetarium. With stunning Art Deco design, the building has been featured on multiple films and television shows. The museum hosts special events and activities often.


In addition to these great options, check out the website for Free Museum Day to see when other museums offer free days monthly or weekly.


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