SoCal Museums will host the 15th Annual Museums Free-for-All on Saturday, Jan. 25, when more than 40 museums — presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science — will open their doors and invite visitors in free of charge.

Locally, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBMNH), both members of SoCal Museums, will offer free admission. In the case of SBMNH, free admission is for the museum only, not the Sea Center. The Santa Barbara Historical Museum is also participating as an affiliate member.

“We’re proud to celebrate 15 years of Free-for-All, welcoming visitors across Southern California to enjoy a wide variety of museums,” said Jennifer Caballero, SoCal Museums president/marketing director at the Skirball Cultural Center. “It’s a great chance to revisit old favorites or discover something new.

“I’m always impressed by the range of cultural offerings. From cars to Cold War artifacts to modern art, there’s something for everyone.”

Museums Free-for-All also serves as a reminder that free visitor days are available year-round at museums across Southern California. A calendar of free days can be found at

The Free-for-All offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum.
Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

Participating Museums

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Automobile Driving Museum
Autry Museum of the American West
Bowers Museum
The Broad
California African American Museum
California Science Center
Cayton Children’s Museum
Columbia Memorial Space Center
Craft Contemporary
Descanso Gardens
Forest Lawn Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
Getty Center Museum
Getty Villa Museum
Glendora Historical Society
Hammer Museum
Heroes Hall Veterans Museum
Japanese American National Museum
Kidspace Children’s Museum
La Brea Tar Pits
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles County Fire Museum
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Museum of Tolerance (participating on Sunday, Jan, 26 only)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)
Pomona College Museum of Art
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Skirball Cultural Center
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
The International Printing Museum
The Wende Museum
Torrance Art Museum
USC Fisher Museum of Art
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Valley Relics Museum

— Katrina Carl for Santa Barbara Museum of Art.