Free Museum Days: Science & History

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County FREE Admission on the first Tuesday of each month.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County FREE Admission on the first Tuesday of each month.
In this third installment of my free museum day series I look at local Science and History museums. Take a look at some of my previous articles for information on free visits to art museums and cultural museums.


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

FREE Admission on the first Tuesday of each month.

Also FREE every day for Museum Members, Teachers, Active Military, and USC students (except on USC game days). Must present a photo ID.

900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO 3460

Open 9:30 am – 5 pm Daily

The California Science Center

FREE admission to permanent exhibition galleries every day

Exposition Park
39th Street & Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037


Open daily from 10am to 5pm
CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

FREE Admission on the first Tuesday of each month
Also FREE every day for EBT cardholders, CA teachers, & active military.
Admission to the outside gardens & tar pits is FREE every day

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE [7243]

Open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Daily

The La Brea Tar Pits are a famous cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the urban heart of Los Angeles. Tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. Over many centuries, animals that came to drink the water fell into the tar, and were preserved there. The Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there.

Regular Admission $12, Youths (13-17) &  Seniors (62+) $12, college students $9, Children (3-12) $5.

Griffith Observatory

FREE admission to the Observatory Building, Museum, Telescope, and Grounds

2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(213) 473-0800

Tues – Fri 12noon – 10pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 10pm
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, & Christmas

  • FREE parking in the lot at the Observatory, or anywhere in Griffith Park.
  • FREE entrance and use of the main stationary rooftop telescope. Rooftop Telescope open 1/2 hour after sundown – 9:45pm.
  • FREE use of the stationary telescopes on the front lawn. These telescopes are operated by the Los Angeles Astrological Society, and can be pointed at particular astrological phenomenon upon request if the weather permits it.
  • FREE Leonard Nimoy documentary about the observatory, every hour on the hour downstairs

Shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium: $7 General Admission, $5 students & seniors, $3 children

Travel Town Transportation Museum

FREE admission every day, donations accepted.

5200 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-5874

Mon – Fri: 10am to 4pm, Sat & Sun: 10am to 5pm.
Weekend hours are extended by one hour during Pacific Daylight Time.
CLOSED Christmas Day.

Ride the scale replica train which circles the perimeter of the museum: general ticket $2.50, Seniors $2, & infants 18 months and younger ride free. Bulk tickets available for $2 each for 20 or more. Trains start at 10am, and the last train leaves at 3:30pm on weekdays, and 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. Call (323) 662-9678 for more information.

Meridian Iron Works Museum

FREE admission every day, donations accepted.
FREE parking provided.

913 Meridian St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(323) 662-5874

At the Mission St station for the Metro Gold Line.

Sat 1pm-4pm &  Thur 3pm-8pm.

South Pasadena history is explored through the lives of the original Native American residents, the Mexican ranchos, the Indiana Colony and 20th century inhabitants. See exhibits on the Raymond Hotel, the Cawston Ostrich Farm and numerous photos of the city in it’s infancy.


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