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More Than 40 SoCal Museums Are Offering Free Admission This Weekend. Here's A List

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is one of dozens of SoCal museums offering free admission on Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)
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Whether you're recouping the money you spent during the holidays, made a New Year's Resolution to get out and do more things around town or are simply looking for a way to spend your Saturday, we have good news for you.

This Saturday (Jan. 25), more than 40 museums across Southern California are offering free general admission. The special day, called Museums Free-For-All and hosted by SoCal Museums, is in its 15th year. (A similar annual event Free Museum Day, hosted by Smithsonian magazine, happened a few months ago.)

Museums-Free-For-All also serves as a reminder that many of these museums offer free admission year round, according to a news release from SoCal Museums. For example, you could visit the Skirball Cultural Center this Saturday, or you could visit for the same price ($0.00) on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m.

However, museum-goers should be aware that they'll still have to pay for parking. And SoCal Museums notes that the offer only applies to general admission and not to specially ticketed exhibitions.

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If spending the day at a museum doesn't appeal to you, there's plenty of other events happening this weekend in SoCal. Otherwise, keep scrolling for a full list of the museums participating in the Museums Free-For-All.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteNote: The actual museum is still under construction, so their Free-For-All event is a pop-up.

American Museum of Ceramic Art
99 N. Garey Avenue, Pomona | WebsiteGeneral admission is normally $7.

Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St., El Segundo | WebsiteFree every day. Closed Mondays.

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The Autry National Center of the American West's collection is comprised of nearly 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, games, musical instruments and other historical objects. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (at Griffith Park) | WebsiteAdmission is normally $14 for adults, $6 for children 3-12.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana | WebsiteAdmission is normally $12 for adults on weekdays, $15 on weekends. Children under 12 are free.

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally free, but reservations are encouraged.

California African American Museum
600 State Dr., Los Angeles (at Exposition Park) | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles (at Exposition Park) | WebsiteAdmission to exhibition galleries is free.

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Cayton Children's Museum
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica | WebsiteAdmission is normally $14.

Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey | WebsiteAdmission is normally $5. Closed Mondays.

Craft Contemporary
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally $9 for adults and free for children 10 and under.

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Spring flowers might not have bloomed yet, but Descano Gardens is still a beautiful destination year round. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descano Dr., La Cañada-Flintridge | WebsiteAdmission is normally $9 or $4 for children 5-12.

Forest Lawn Museum
1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles | Website
Free admission. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art
24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu (at Pepperdine University) | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

Getty Center Museum
1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

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Some dreamy clouds over the Getty Villa. (Courtesy the Getty)

Getty Villa Museum
17895 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades | WebsiteFree admission, but timed-entry ticket required. Closed Tuesdays.

Glendora Historical Society
314 N.Glendora Ave., Glendora | WebsiteFree admission. Open most Saturdays.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

Heroes Hall Veterans Museum
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa (at the OC Fair & Event Center) | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
1717 E. 7th St., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally $16 or free for children 5 and under. Closed Mondays.

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Kids play at Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena. (Courtesy of Kidspace)

Kidspace Children's Museum
400 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena | WebsiteAdmission is normally $14.95 for adults and children 1 and up.

La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally $15 for adults, $7 for children 3-12. Free tickets for Saturday available at tarpits.org/tpfreeforall

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main St., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission.

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LACMA's famous 'Urban Lights.' (Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images)

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum Of Art)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally $20 for residents of L.A. County, $25 non-L.A. County residents. Closed Wednesdays.

Los Angeles County Fire Museum
16400 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower | WebsiteAdmission is normally $5. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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People tour the displays of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
100 S. The Grove Dr., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission.

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
250 Grand Ave., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Tuesdays.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles | WebsiteObserving Museums Free-For-All on Sunday, Jan. 26. Admission is normally $15.50. Closed Saturdays.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteNormally $14. Free tickets for Saturday available at nhm.org/freeforall

OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)
1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Pomona College Museum of Art
330 N. College Ave. Claremont | WebsiteClosed Mondays.

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont | WebsiteAdmission is normally $10.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De la Guerra, Santa Barbara | WebsiteAdmission is normally $7. Closed Mondays.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara | WebsiteAdmission is normally $5. Closed Mondays.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara | Website
Free-For-All admission is for the museum only, not the Sea Center. Admission is normally $15 for adults, $12 for teens 13-17, $9 for children 2-12.

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A visitor looks at a photo of cell phones confiscated from migrants at the exhibition "Sueno Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer," currently on display at the Skirball Cultural Center. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteAdmission is normally $12. Closed Mondays.

Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The International Printing Museum
315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson | WebsiteAdmission is normally $10. Open Saturdays.

The Wende Museum
10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

USC Fisher Museum of Art
823 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles | WebsiteFree admission. Closed Mondays.

USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Ave., Pasadena | WebsiteAdmission is normally $10. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Valley Relics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd., Lake Balboa | WebsiteAdmission is normally $10. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.