Not quite the Super Bowl type? Check out the annual Museums Free-for-All this weekend, when over 40 Southern California museums open their doors to the public for free. Institutions across the region, from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs, are participating, offering visitors the chance to scope out a wide range of art and historical artifacts, from giant, colorful installations to exhibits documenting the fight for civil rights.
There are some caveats. Museums participating in the Free-for-All event will offer free general admission, which doesn’t always include special, ticketed exhibits.
Some museums, such as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo and Exposition Park’s Natural History Museum, are only offering free tickets for one day this weekend. Others, like the California African American Museum, are always free to enter.
A handful of museums, like The Broad, are strongly recommending getting free tickets online in advance in order to avoid lines.
Also remember that while museum entry will be free, the usual parking fees still apply.
- SoCal Museums Free-For-All [Official site]