12 FREE Museums In Los Angeles That Your Kids Must Visit - Kid 101

12 FREE Museums In Los Angeles That Your Kids Must Visit

Like museums, but do the costs make you think twice? For those who have a big family, those tickets fast—which is particularly frustrating if you need to beat a hasty getaway to avoid a meltdown.

A lot of LA and OC museums have monthly or even weekly free days or evenings, and we collected a list below for simple reference. These times are a great chance to bring the extended family, meet friends, or check out a place you have never been before—all for just the price of parking or Metro tickets.

1. California Science Center

Also one of the top places in LA where you can learn and see practically anything. You can walk around for hours and still not cover all the different exhibitions in this huge museum. Some of the coolest features are the detailed Ecosystems and The Endeavor systems. A touch pool where you can experience the physical touch of the underwater plants, a rot room will blow your mind with all the different sound effects. And the best thing about this museum that it is free!

Address: Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Phone: (323) 724-3623

2. Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA’s Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary locations offer free admission to the public on Thursdays from 5-8pm. (The West Hollywood location, 8687 Melrose Ave, is always free.)

Address: 250 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012

Phone: (213) 626-6222

3. Hammer Museum

Hammer Museum

The Hammer art museum is free to all visitors on all Thursdays, from 11 am to 8 pm. (Children 17 and under and students with ID are always admitted free.)

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024

Phone: (310) 443-7000

4. Craft and Folk Art Museum

Craft and Folk Art Museum

You never know what you might find at this smaller museum that hosts a wide variety of exhibitions. Admission is “pay what you want” on Sundays, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Address: 5814 Wilshire Blvd (at Curson), Los Angeles 90036

Phone: (323) 937-4230

5. The Autry National Center

The Autry National Center

Located in Griffith Park, directly across the street from the zoo, the Autry is free to the general public on the second Tuesday (10am-4pm) of every month. The collections focus on Native American and Western US history.

Address: 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90027

Phone: (323) 667-2000

6. Travel Town Museum

Travel Town Museum

What can be better than a free museum of the old culture, am old culture museum filled with antique cars and trains where children are allowed to climb and get inside ancient machinery. This place is amazing for children of most ages as well as their parents because there is plenty of space to play, but also sit around and have a picnic. Kids love the trains, so why not come out to this wonderful place on some sunny afternoon. Price: Free

Address: 5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (323) 662-5874

7. Kidspace Children’s Museum

Kidspace Children’s Museum

This place sways children with all the fun activities they are ready for the young explorers almost of all ages. This museum has lots of creative things where children can climb run around and ride tricycles. It also has an educational program that is specifically designed to bring excitement to children faces talking about how, physics work, how you can identify an animal by its fossils and many others fun activities. Kidspace hosts a free family night on the first Tuesday of every month (except September) from 4 – 8 pm.

Address: 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: (626) 449-9144

8. Southern California Children’s Museum

Southern California Children’s Museum

This play is awesome for children because it is filled with the creative elements. The museum often exhibits different cultural environments for the kids. The idea of the place is to get children involved in the imaginary play so kids can learn creativity through imagination. The museum is very children friendly and good for kids almost all ages. Price: $6 – $8

Address: 455 S Lake Ave, Ste 103, Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (626) 657-0357

9. Zimmer Children’s Museum

Zimmer Children’s Museum

Although this place more in the playground side then a museum, it is still a lot of fun for children. This place is basically the large Indoor freedom space for children to explore, it is filled with various themed rooms: a restaurant, reading room, padded room, grocery store, etc. So children can imagine themselves better in the roles of a doctor, or pilot. On the downside, the place is often filled to its max capacity. Price: $5

Address: 6505 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: (323) 761-8984

10. Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Discovery Cube Los Angeles

This place is filled with tons of different activities for children of all ages. It is educationally equipped with lots of screens that tell you the stories of, how things like hockey goalie gear or hockey puck are made. Also, it is interactive you can use different equipment to play around, shoot some puck at the digital goalkeeper, play with the earth hologram and visit tons of other interactive spaces. Price: $10

Address: 11800 Foothill Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91342

Phone: (818) 686-2823

11. Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

This place is extremely fun and educational for the children. It is located inside of the Exposition Park and constitutes of the mixture between live animals and majestic creature on the display. It is filled with historical artifacts and the staff members which are happy to tell you the story behind those objects. This place is just full of wonder and has high ratings on the internet because it is fun for adults and children. The NHM now offers 13 free Tuesdays (9:30 am – 5 pm) each year—most are the first Tuesday, but there are none in July and August. See here for the upcoming schedule.

Price: $7 and free for museum members.

Address: 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone: (213) 763-3466

12. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Different levels, with unique types of art, they got everything from the modern luminescent systems to the ancient Japan samurai collection. It is integrated with the environments of the different cultures including European, Asian, American and other cultures. The museum is super modern and the quality of their exhibitions is truly on the highest level. The place is great for adults and kids of all ages. The only downside of the place might be the higher range of the price spectrum, but it is definitely worth visiting.

LACMA has several systems in place for free days. The second Tuesday of each month is free for the general public. LA County residents can visit for free after 3 pm Mondays through Fridays. Federal holidays are also free (the museum is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas and every Wednesday). If you sign your children up (for free!) with the NexGen program, each child gets free admission for themselves and one accompanying adult, any day of the year. LACMA free days do not include admission to specially ticketed exhibits.

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (323) 857-6000

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