Free Admission to Southern California Museums on Smithsonian Museum Day


Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

Tickets are now available for download. Museum-goers can head to the Museum Day website to download their ticket. Each ticket grants the ticket holder and one guest free, timed access to any participating museum on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. Participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

To see the full list of participating museums and download a free ticket please visit:

Check out these participating Southern California museums!



California African American Museum | Los Angeles

Free Everyday

The California African American Museum (CAAM) explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West.


Dr. Willella Howe Waffle House and Medical Museum | Santa Ana

The Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum is a beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian Home. It was built in 1889 and belonged to one of the first female physicians in Orange County.


EcoVivarium | Escondido

EcoVivarium is a Living Museum featuring live reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods. Their animal ambassadors are 98% rescue and 2% donated, they do not purchase their animals. EcoVivarium is home to over 60 different species and 200+ animals.


Flight Path Museum & Learning Center at LAX | Los Angeles

The Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at LAX features a gallery of exhibits and displays that showcases the glamour, adventure, and excitement of aviation and aerospace. It’s a place to experience the magic of the Golden Age of Aviation as visitors watch the modern jet age take flight at one of the busiest airports in the U.S.


GRAMMY Museum | Los Angeles

The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive space where all aspects of music are experienced, explored, and celebrated. Experience new exhibits featuring Dave Matthews Band, Marco Antonio Solís, and Motown. Then, take a walk on the red carpet before checking out items from Nat King Cole, The Supremes, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, and more!


Heritage Museum of Orange County | Santa Ana

Heritage Museum of Orange County is home to the H. Clay Kellogg House and John Maag Farmhouse. Heritage Museum of OC is dedicated to preserving, promoting and restoring the heritage of Orange County and surrounding region through Hands-on, Minds-on interactive education.


LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes | Los Angeles

Free Everday

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes honors the past, inspires the future, and recognizes the enduring cultural influence of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and all Latinas/Latinos in Los Angeles through transformative exhibitions, programming and educational experiences.


Laguna Art Museum | Laguna Beach

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. It collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state.


Pacific Railroad Museum | San Dimas

The Pacific Railroad Museum is housed in the former Santa Fe Railroad, San Dimas Depot. The museum contains many artifacts and displays from the “Golden Age” of railroading in Southern California. There are also some interactive displays that can entertain and educate younger railfans.


San Diego Archaeological Center | Escondido

Visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 12,000 years. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults.


The International Printing Museum | Carson

The International Printing Museum is a dynamic museum devoted to bringing the history of books, printing, and the book arts to life for diverse audiences. Visitors also get a chance to do some hands-on printing on real presses and will see the incredible Linotype machine create their name in type to be used on the presses.


The Santa Ana Fire Museum | Santa Ana

The Santa Ana Fire Museum is housed in a working fire station where docent guided tour- goers can view vintage equipment and memorabilia dating back to the late 1800′s alongside state of the art contemporary fire trucks and equipment.


Which museums are you visiting on Smithsonian Museum Day? Visit their website to see even more participating museums and to get your ticket!






This post was written by Kidsguide

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