Armory Center For The Arts
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This Pasadena venue describes itself as a community arts center and not only hosts contemporary art exhibits and performances, but also offers classes (some of which are free) and will even host your kid’s or teen’s “art party” for a fee, of course. If you’re not looking to shell out any kind of cash, however, there’s no need to but the Armory Center for the Arts would appreciate a $5 donation… but only if you feel like it.
California African American Museum
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Located in South Los Angeles, the California African American Museum (CAMM) houses three exhibition galleries, a theater gallery and a Sculpture Court. The museum was designed by African American architects, Jack Haywood and Vince Proby, and shares with patrons the history, art and culture of African Americans in California and along the western U.S.
California Science Center
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Both adults and kids can have fun while learning at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles. The center has a three-fold Master Plan to become the largest science center on the West Coast and its organizers have been doling out creative and stimulating hands-on exhibits to encourage an interest in the sciences for more than 10 years. Learn about the benefits and consequences of inventions and innovations, the common connections between all forms of life, aircraft design and space exploration, and more.
FIDM Museum & Galleries
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located on the campus of the Fashion Institute and Design Merchandising, the FIDM exhibitions are, of course, mostly clothes. The facility boasts over 12,000 costumes, accessories and textiles from the 18th century through the present day, including film and theatre costumes. In addition, the FDIM Museum and Galleries houses The Annette Green Perfume Museum, which is solely dedicated to the “historical and cultural roles of fragrance around the world.”
Fowler Museum At UCLA Los Angeles
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.
The Fowler Museum on campus of the University of California, Los Angeles in Westwood “explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present.” The Fowler Museum also hosts lectures, performances and workshops for patrons of all ages.
The Getty Center Museum
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center, one of two locations of the John Paul Getty Museum, aims “to further knowledge of the visual arts and to nurture critical seeing by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of the highest quality.” Entrance to this Brentwood museum is absolutely free and in addition to the art, the Getty Center offers spectacular views, dramatic architecture and tranquil gardens.
The Getty Villa
Hours: Wednesday through Monday from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Getty Villa, located in the Pacific Palisades area of LA, is the second part to the John Paul Getty Museum. Visitors to this educational center and museum can expect to be enlightened on the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Although admission is free, visitors are required to acquire an advance, timed ticket. Each general admission ticket for exhibitions allows adults to bring up to three children ages 15 and under.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
One of LA’s most popular attractions, the Griffith Observatory, located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park directly above the Los Feliz neighborhood, offers not only a great view of the heavens, but breathtaking views of the city as well. Entrance to the observatory is free of course, but there is a fee to see shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium.
The Paley Center for Media
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Paley Center for Media, located in the Beverly Hills area, focuses on everything related to TV and radio and its former name is the Museum of Television and Radio. The Paley Center, which has a sister site in New York City, aims to stimulate visitors to consider the cultural, creative and social significance of the TV and radio as well as emerging platforms for the professional community and media-consuming public.
Los Angeles County Museum Of Art
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12 p.m .- 8 p.m.; Friday from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Unfortunately, the LACMA is not absolutely free all the time, but there are enough free hours to make it seem like it. If you’re looking to dodge the $15 adult ticket price, stop by the museum on the second Tuesday of every month or after 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (there’s also Target Free Holiday Mondays). Three to four hours should be enough to take in a good number of the exhibits from various periods and regions — hopefully.