Art on the Cheap

This is my list of local art museums/galleries where you can view works of wonderful local artists or even masters for little to no money. They are places to stroll or enjoy a snack or just meander through a park.

Updated: March 15, 2011

Museums & Galleries

Lacma Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

OF COURSE...I have to start with LACMA. Some of the best art in the world can be seen here. They're currently going through their "Transformation Project" so some of the permanent exhibits are not viewable right now...but still the place is just huge. On the 2nd Tuesday of EVERY MONTH, admission for all is free. Also, any day AFTER 5PM, they have a "pay what you wish" policy. So for a lovely donation of a couple of bucks you can spend a few hours strolling through the museums exhibitions and then have a late dinner at any of the restaurants lining the Miracle Mile.

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Getty is one of my favorite places in the city. You pay the piddly parking fee and that's it. You can spend the whole day strolling through the galleries or prowling the store or sitting in a garden. If you bring a camera you can get great shots of Los Angeles on a clear day. I have fun finding the architectural "windows" around the center. Enjoy!

MOCA Grand Avenue

250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Usual adult admission is $10, but EVERY Thursday night admission is free between 5-8pm.

Norton Simon Museum Of Art

411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

I can honestly say I love the NS museum. The adult admission is $10, but everyone is FREE on the first Friday of the month between 6pm-9pm.

The Unexpected

Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries

1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205

YES!!! A cemetery. In addition to the lovely statuary honoring the deceased, Forest Lawn Glendale has an amazing stained glass of the Last Supper, a replica of Michelangelo's David, and an amazing mosaic of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence. If you're adventurous...check out the mausoleum at the top of the's got great stained glass windows. Of course you can also visit the resting places of some of Hollywood's famous -- Spencer Tracy, Carol Lombard, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, and Michael Jackson.

Union Station

800 N Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you like art deco or are interested in the period architecture, take a stroll around Union Station. Now...if you are feeling adventurous and have some time on your hands, pay $6 for a Metro Day Pass and ride the Metro trains to see all of the amazing art at the different stations.

Public Space

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

In addition to the three galleries at the Central library downtown, there are also outdoor spots to sit and enjoy the scenery during good weather.


420 Westwood Plz, Los Angeles, CA 90095

The UCLA campus has an inordinate amount of public, but I add it here specifically for the wonderful Murphy Sculpture Garden on the North side of campus off Sunset Blvd. Lot 3 is the closest parking area to the garden.