Here’s how you can get free art and culture every day of the week in L.A.
Let’s be honest, every Angeleno has days where they question our decision to live in this city. But with its electrifying nightlife, incredible outdoor landscapes to explore, and, of course, the incredible art and culture scene we happily part with a healthy slice of our earnings to see another month here. So it makes sense that if any of these things in the city are free, you absolutely should take advantage of it. This brings us to all the best museums and galleries that you can get into for free and how.
1. The Broad
This incredible spectacular building is home to 2,000 works of art that form part of the Broad collection, which is considered one of the best postwar and contemporary art collections in the world. You get to see works from popular artists like Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger and Yayoi Kusama. General entry is completely gratis (except on Mondays when the museum is closed), but you’ll need to make a reservation.
Located at Exposition Park, the CAAM mission is to research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States.
Located at Exposition Park, the CAAM mission is to research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States. CAAM is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and while the permanent exhibition and galleries are free, you’ll be required to make a timed reservation before you go.
4. Getty Center
Explore 14th Century Venetian art to antique 18th Century furniture at this incredible white-tiled complex with exquisite gardens and views of the city. Make sure you don’t miss the evolving 134,000-square-foot Central Garden, designed by Robert Irwin. Getty Center is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
5. Getty Villa
Getty Villa: This spectacular setting of this “villa” is just as fascinating as the 1,000+ artifacts it holds. You can deep-dive into art and history spanning 6,500 BC and 500 AD with a free timed-entry ticket.
“Explore the universe for free” without leaving Los Angeles at this iconic cultural gem. Not only is this epic Art Deco building the backdrop for dozens of classic films, but it’s also home to fascinating astronomy resources and powerful telescopes. You can explore the museum from Friday to Sunday, and take in a sunset over the city with the panoramic views from the surrounding grounds.
The hammer museum and its mix of historic and cutting-edge artworks are now open for visitors. Entry remains free and you’ll get to see exhibitions like “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” which features the works of 30 Los Angeles–based artists in person. Entry is free and it’s open from Thursday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 p.m.
The Huntington Gardens are easily one of the most stunning places to visit in L.A. So why not round off your visit with a free visit to the galleries? You’ll get to see the newly restored The Blue Boy along with temporary exhibitions like “Made in L.A. 2020: a version”. You can get in gratis on Free first Thursday of the month with an advanced ticket.
Browse contemporary art for free at the new 12,700-square-foot warehouse space. Immerse yourself in illuminating stories that reflect important social topics and represent important voices of our generation.
You will undoubtedly recognize the 202 iron lamps that make up Chris Burden’s Urban Light. However, there are plenty of modern and traditional masterpieces to admire inside the museum too. It’s the largest art museum in the western United States, boasting a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. You can see it all for free every second Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. L.A. County residents can get in for free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. or on Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m.
This artist-founded gem is home to over 7000 objects and some of the most compelling contemporary art in the world, including works by Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Browse ground-breaking, historically significant exhibitions for free with a timed ticket.