Just as Angelenos are getting used to the idea that we even have a football team again (let alone two), the Rams up and get themselves into the Super Bowl. And while the city will be rooting for the team in this true West Coast/East Coast match-up Sunday, with many Super Bowl parties and events happening all over the region this weekend, we housesellers want to make sure you are also aware that one of the most popular events of the year will be held this weekend. Usually a one day event, the SoCal Museums Annual Free-For-All Day has expanded to a full weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Museums located from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs to Santa Ana will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge for the 14th year in a row. 

Over 40 institutions will take part in this year’s event and this is one of the the rare dates on the calendar when you can hit up multiple top notch attractions for little-to-no cost. As a special event, this year’s Free-For-All will offer a chance to get a sneak preview of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. While the museum isn’t set to open until the end of 2019, a special pop-up will be housed at LACMA to give you an early taste of what to expect. The long-awaited museum will be one of the only museums dedicated to cinema in the world, and the collection on display will draw from a massive collection of props, screenplays, production art, marketing materials, film and video recordings and historical film technology.

Museums Free-for-All is partnered with Metro, and visitors are encouraged to use the Metro system to explore the participating museums, many of which are just a short walk from a Metro bus or rail stop. Based on previous years, you can expect major crowds if you choose to go to the more famous of the museums on the list (especially Saturday), so we definitely recommend going earlier in the day and coming up with a specific plan if you plan to check out more than one location. Keep in mind, as well, that not all of the museums will be free on both days so make sure to study the link above. Also, you'll want to note which museums are always free (such as the Hammer, the Getty and the Broad) so you don't waste the free admission days...because some of the museums, like the La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA, can cost up to $25 regularly .