by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
Use your head (or lose it like the poor lady in the Gauguin painting). There's no reason a tight budget should get in the way of becoming a culture cognoscente. From the Getty Center and Huntington Gardens to MOCA and the Museum of Neon Art, take advantage of free admission to these Los Angeles museums.
Updated: August 23, 2010
Get lost in the Huntington's gorgeously eclectic gardens, historic art pieces and vast library free of charge on the first Thursday of every month. Then you'll be able to afford lunch at the cafe or high tea at the on-site tea house.
Adult admission to the largest art museum in the western United States is $15 (not exactly cheap), but on the second Tuesday of every month you'll get in free to the permanent collections. Bonus: LA County residents get in free after 5pm Monday-Friday with proof of residency.
This small museum tucked away in Santa Monica's Bergamot Station offers free admission daily (suggested $5 donation). Browse the four-room gallery adorned with installations by hot international artists. Afterward, stroll around the sprawling art complex and grab a bite at the cafe.
One of only four U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Asia Museum is where you can explore the likes of the Ming Dynasty for free on the third Saturday of every month.
Every day is free at this stunning museum overlooking the ocean when you reserve your tickets online at: http://www.getty.edu/visit/. The villa's architecture mimics that of ancient Roman-Grecco gardens and houses a hefty collection dedicated to the arts of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria.
Thursdays are free for the public to enjoy all the exhibits at this fun and educational Jewish cultural institution just off the 405 freeway, not far from the Getty. Hang out on Noah's Ark, check out the rotating exhibits, enjoy live music performances or stop by a lecture. It beats being stuck in traffic any day.
Every day is a free-for-all at this interactive kid-friendly museum that happens to be the West Coast's largest hands-on science center. Just remember that some of the most popular attractions here--including the IMAX theater, indoor rock climbing wall and high-wire bicycle--will cost you.
Neon liquor store sign as art? Oh yeah, there's more where that came from. Bask in the glow of neon (gratis-style) at this unusual museum on the second Thursday of every month from 5pm to 8pm. It'll light up your life. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Get the scoop on the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and "emerging platforms" at this free and informative center located smack dab in the middle of all the Beverly Hills shopping and dining action.