Free Activities

Many of my friends ask me how we go to so many places. The secret to our success is the amount of free museums. This is a list of free museums we know about.

All of the places listed below have a general admission that is free. Sometimes museums have special exhibits or show and those exhibits and shows may charge an extra fee but you can still go to the general admission for free.

Some of places require online tickets prior to going, but if they are on this list the online ticket is free.

All of the museums accept donations, but I purposely didn’t list any museum that has a “suggested” donation. Technically, “suggested” donation museums are also free but my experience is that docents at those museums get kind of pushy if you don’t pay the “suggested” price, which means it really is not a free museum. I only have included museums we know to be completely free to enter without question.

The goal is continually update the list. If you see a museum on the list that we have missed (we want to go too), no longer free, or closed please let us know.

Arizona
Arizona State Capitol (Phoenix)

California
Los Angeles
California Science Center (Los Angeles)
Olivera Street (Los Angeles)
America Tropical (Los Angeles)
Avila Adobe (Los Angeles)
Plaza Firehouse (Los Angeles)
Sepulveda House (Los Angeles)
Union Station (Los Angeles)
The Getty Center (Los Angeles)
The Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades)

Orange County
Oso Viejo Park (Mission Viejo)

Riverside County
Orange Empire Railway Museum (Perris)

San Bernardino
Graber Olive House (Ontario)
Original McDonald / Route 66 Museum (San Bernardino)
Route 66 Museum (Victorville)

San Diego County
Mormon Battalion Center (Old Town San Diego)
Timken Museum of Art (Balboa Park San Diego)

Illinois
Millennium Park (Chicago)

New York
Grant’s Tomb (New York)
Staten Island Ferry (New York)


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