After 5 pm, you may pay what you wish.
Free Admission Days
On the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all.
I enjoyed this place because they had so much to offer. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has so much art to offer. I truly enjoyed this experience. I took my 10 year old niece and she enjoyed this experience as well. I recommend this attraction for older kids
Visited the Boone Children's Gallery and my budding toddler artist really enjoyed brush painting. The museum really encourages kids to be creative and spark an interest in art. We were there pretty early but it started getting crowded with kids. We went during one of the Ansell Family days and there were crafts for kids to do right outside the museum. My son made maracas out of beans and rice. Although he is a bit young to appreciate the museum's art fully, it's a good starting point to talk about colors and shapes, etc.
Bonus: La Brea Tar Pits is just a hop, skip and jump away from LACMA. Free day for the Tar Pits is the first Tuesday of the month; this coupled with free NexGen admission would be a great day trip for next to nothing. Bring your parking stub with you to the museum. Parking is $7 with validation at the ticket booth.
It's hard to believe a major metropolitan art museum could be kid-friendly, but the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is exactly that. The museum boasts a NexGen program that grants free membership to young people ages 17 and under. That membership also allows them to bring a guest for free. Also, the Boone Children's Gallery invites children to explore art on their own terms. And no one gets upset about the mess.
LA has many choices for great art and LACMA is one of them. As with other art museums, I can only give 4 stars because as a "family" destination, art museums can be really hit-or-miss. My younger two really do not work with art museums. They just have a hard time not running, yelling, and wanting to touch. My oldest is wonderful at places like this. We went to see the King Tut exhibit when it came to LA and it was stunning. So, if you have older kids or really well-behaved young kids, you'll love it.
The anchor museum for Museum Row, it now spans the world of art and artifacts from pre-history to the present. If you manage your time right, you can sweep through in two hours or less and still be able to visit other museums in the neighbohood. Music, film, and educational events happen year-round, and there’s a good chance something is happening during your stay. The information desk is accommdating, so just ask.