Los Angeles is famous for being the home of the entertainment industry, but it has an intellectual scene too, which is apparent when visiting one of the five best free museums in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the glamor of Los Angeles often comes with an expensive price tag, so offset a meal that costs you double and head over to an experience that costs you nothing. Also, if you’re with people that aren’t the biggest fans of museums, you won’t feel so obligated to stay for hours and get your money‘s worth.


California Science Center. If you’re tired of convincing your kids that museums are fun, this place will do the job for you. Not only can the whole family actively participate in many of the exhibits, but there is a giant theater to check out when everyone gets tired and needs a rest. The museum is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90037, and stays open every day of the week except some holidays from 10 AM to 5 PM. (323)-SCIENCE.


Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. By providing a detailed look into one of the most horrific events in history, this museum puts life in prospective in a way that many others do not. While it may not be the kind of place to visit on the way to a baseball game, it is an experience that will last a lifetime, no matter what age the person is. Check it out from 10 AM to 5 AM, every day except Friday, when it closes at 2 PM.  It’s located at 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90036. (323) 651-3704.


The Getty Center. This museum has a little bit of everything when it comes to art, and continues to bring in new items to keep people coming back. You can see one of history’s most famous painters one month, then one of the world’s hottest contemporary photographers the next month. Located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90049, it is open every day except Monday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 9 P.M. on Friday. (310) 440-7320.


California African American Museum. Any person of any culture will enjoy the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the African American experience through this museum’s exhibits. Unlike other museums that have an exhibit for each culture or time period, here, you will have an entire building that dives into one of America’s most compelling histories, while also celebrating the current way of life. Visit at 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90037. It is closed on Monday and open from 10 AM to 5 PM every other day, except Sunday, when it opens at 11 AM. (213) 744-7432.


Homestead Museum. If you’re looking for a learning experience that is a little more intimate than a giant museum, this is a great place to check out in Los Angeles. Tour the grounds, the burial grounds, and the Victorian mansion that will bring history to life for the whole family. You can find the museum at 15415 East Don Julian Road, Industry, CA, 91745, open from Wednesday through Sunday, with four tours starting at 1 PM and available every hour. (626) 968-8492.