Visit Los Angeles museums for free

Reanna Delgadillo

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Being able to view a current breakout artist’s work or the recent fossil discoveries from around the world would seem a day that would not fit today’s economy. But what many Angelenos do not know is that depending on the day, many museums offer free entrance. There are at least 15 museums in Los Angeles County and all of them offer something for every age group.

The California Science Center offers free admission every day of the week.  It also boasts the largest IMAX Theater with ticket prices all under $10. Movies currently showing include Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs and a film about the Hubble Space Station in 3D.

Besides the movies, the entire museum is free for patrons to explore. Hands-on exhibits such as Creative World shows how humans fulfill communication, transportation and structural needs.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Science Center hosts special exhibits. Currently open is Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science.

The best times to visit the museum are weekends or weekdays after 1:30 p.m. The California Science Center is located in Exposition Park at 39th Street and Figueroa Street. For questions, call 323-724-3623 or go to www.californiasciencecenter.org.

Another well-known museum that offers free admission is the Getty Center located at 1200 Getty Center Drive.  All exhibits and tours are free for the public to visit every day except Mondays. Plant enthusiasts would enjoy the 45 minute garden tour that runs daily starting at 11:30 a.m.

For those that are into photography, Engaged Observer is now on exhibit until Nov. 14. The series displays documentary photography since the 1960s.

The Getty also offers an architecture tour of the unique buildings that make up the museum. Designed by Richard Meiers, the building, fountains and sculptures are all built into the hilltops of the San Gabriel Mountains.

For more information about the Getty Center, call 310-440-7300 or go to www.getty.edu.

Modern art lovers would benefit from taking a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art. There are three locations that make up MOCA.