Los Angeles offers a great variety of free museums throughout the city. Here is a list of some of the most popular options:
Annenberg Space for Photography - Contemporary photography exhibits.
Avila Adobe - Located on Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles and housed inside a California Historical Landmark that was built in 1818 by former mayor Francisco Avila, this museum is furnished as it may have been in the 1840's.
California Science Center - Exhibits at the center and the Air and Space Gallery are free. There is a small fee to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which is highly recommended.
FIDM Museum & Galleries - Collection of historic clothing and textiles, including film and theater costumes.
Getty Center & Getty Villa - Paintings, decorative arts, photography and sculptures from the middle ages to the modern era. The Getty Villa is a replica of an ancient Roman country house and is the home to exhibits of Greek and Roman antiquities. Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust - Features exhibits, special events and survivor speakers.
The Paley Center for Media - If you love television, you will love this. Exhibits focus on a specific series or time period.