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Museums (For Free!)

Posted June 17th, 2015
Exterior of Pacific Asia Museum

We list when to go to local museums to get in for free, and we map out how to get there!

Did you know that you can visit some of the great museums in the Foothill Transit service area for free?

Dump the Pump all summer long. Take the bus to one of these great museums! You might want to bring along a sketch pad and pencil to be ready when inspiration strikes you.

Japanese American National Museum

JANM pavilion

photo credit: janm.org

The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They have a permanent collection of over 60,000 unique artifacts, documents, and photographs, as well as rotating exhibitions. Free admission is from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. every Thursday and all day on the third Thursday and Target FREE Saturdays. (Check the website for dates.)

Silver Streak, 1st St and Broadway St

Pacific Asia Museum

Exterior of Pacific Asia Museum

photo credit: losangeles.cbslocal.com

The Pacific Asia Museum is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s historic building has served as a center for art, culture and learning in Pasadena since its construction in 1924. Their collection has grown to more than 15,000 objects, spanning more than four thousand years and the region extending from Persia to the Pacific Islands. Free admission on the fourth Friday of every month.

Line 187, Colorado Blvd and Euclid Ave

MOCA Grand Ave

Exterior of MOCA Grand Ave

photo credit: edu.moca.org

Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. MOCA is one museum in three locations. MOCA Grand Avenue is host to elegant underground galleries, a café, the flagship location of the MOCA Store, and staff offices. Admission is free Thursdays from  5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Silver Streak, Grand Ave and 2nd St

MOCA Geffen Contemporary

Exterior of MOCA Geffen

photo credit: sites.moca.org

A former police car warehouse in Little Tokyo renovated by the noted California architect Frank O. Gehry, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (formerly The Temporary Contemporary) opened in 1983. This location offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and a branch of the MOCA Store. Free admission Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Silver Streak, 1st St and Broadway St

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument

Tierra Blanca Dance Company performing at the Plaza Dolores in Olvera Street, Los Angeles. Saturday, June 19, 2010

photo credit: flickr.com/canashana

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers journeyed from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Today, El Pueblo is a living museum and the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Always free!

Silver Streak, Arcadia and Los Angeles St

Hurst Ranch

Hurst Ranch water tower

photo credit: westcovina.org

The Hurst Ranch is a 3-acre slice of pioneer history that sits in the middle of West Covina. It was founded in 1906 by the Hurst Family. It was originally over 150 acres but slowly it was sold off for homes, schools and shopping. Now it is a community resource for residents to explore and enjoy. Always free! Check site for visiting information.

Line 272, Merced Ave and Orange Ave

Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

The Workman House exterior

photo credit: homesteadmuseum.org

The Homestead Museum is a place to explore the history of the Los Angeles region from 1830 to 1930 . The six-acre site features the Workman House, an 1870s country home; La Casa Nueva, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion; and El Campo Santo, one of the region’s oldest private cemeteries, containing the remains of Pío Pico, the last governor of Mexican California.

Line 185, Hacienda Blvd and Don Julian Rd

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