Thursday, May 20, 2010

Free Museum Days (Bookmark This!)

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You will want to bookmark this page for the day you are sitting around wondering what to do. This is especially great when you have family or friends visiting, the kids are restless, or you just want to get out of the house before cabin fever sets in. Well, this chart is here to save the day . . . and your pocketbook. It is a list of FREE DAYS offered by various museums in LA and Orange County. A few institutions are free every day they are open such as the California African American Museum, California Science Center, FIDM, Fowler, Getty, Getty Villa, Paley Center for Media, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Studio for Southern California History. What more do you want?? Free parking?? Some offer free parking like the Autry and MoLAA. Sometimes you can get lucky and find free street parking around Exposition Park to access Natural History Museum, Science Center, and the African-American Museum.

This  is a good way to explore all of these wonderful world-class museums here in your own back yard and then decide which ones to support by becoming a member. Membership is so important to institutions. The more members they have, the more funding they get, the more programs they can schedule, the more variety of interesting things they offer. As a member, you also get to have a say in the life of the museum, meet the curators and let them know what you think. You become part of the museum family if you are active. Plus, there are tons of amazing perks for members in addition to the free admission year-round. There are special events, discounts, front-of-line passes/RSVPs, and all around special treatment. If you feel museums are worth your while, you need to support them, no if's, and's, or but's! People travel across the country and the globe to attend these fabulous, inspiring institutions. Do you realize how lucky you are to live in LA, and so close by? This is yet another reason WE LOVE LA!

Visit for a list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

I'd love to hear from you! What is your favorite museum, museum event, or exhibition past or present?

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