Want to do something good for yourself? Then you should go to a museum! Visiting a museum enriches your soul and mind! And in Los Angeles, there’s no shortage of museums that a traveler like you can visit for FREE! These are the 6 best free museums in Los Angeles that are good for every type of traveler, according to travel blogger, Mimi McFadden!
The Griffith Observatory is perhaps the most famous free museum in Los Angeles, at the Griffith Observatory you’ll find exhibits on astronomy, telescopes to look through, and live shows at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium (for an additional fee). The outdoor lookout surrounding the Griffith Observatory has one of the best views in the city, as well as views of the Hollywood Sign.
California Science Center
One of the best free interactive museums for kids in Los Angeles, the California Science Center offers over 100 hands-on exhibits on popular human inventions, the Earth’s ecosystem, and the science behind living things. One of the more unique items in its collection is the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The museum goes a step further to make education fun with its regular 15-20 minute live shows that bring science to life, and the activity stations that demonstrate different science experiments.
The Getty Center
If you’re interested in architecture and fine art, don’t miss out on the free Getty Center. The center features American and European art that goes back to the Medieval era to modern-day, as well as a European maze-like garden. Don’t miss out on the free 45-minute architecture tour and stunning views looking out over Los Angeles.
The Getty Villa
Part of the same museum foundation as the Getty Center, but in a different area of Los Angeles, the Getty Villa is housed in an elaborate property that features ancient European art. As you walk through the well-manicured estate, you’ll find over 44,000 pieces of ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art and antiquities. Some of these pieces date all the way back to 6,500 BC.
One of the most underrated free museums in LA, but one that could easily rival the popular LACMA, The Broad is a contemporary art museum that offers free admission to their third floor permanent galleries. Founded by philanthropist Eli Broad, The Broad museum features over 2,000 works of contemporary art from the 1950s to the present day. In fact, it has one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world from the postwar era. Due to The Broad’s interesting architecture, it’s also a popular photo spot for photographers and modern architecture enthusiasts in Los Angeles.
Located in Westwood Village and affiliated with UCLA, the Hammer Museum features works of art from its founder, Dr. Armand Hammer, as well as contemporary artwork from underrated and overlooked artists throughout the years. Exhibits feature edgy contemporary art in all types of media that fall under the visual arts umbrella. Besides the diversity of art on display, the museum hosts regular free events on different social issues in the form of lectures, readings, concerts, film screenings, and panel discussions.