This Saturday, September 25, 2010, is Museum Day, an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media aimed at promoting museum visits by offering free admission to museums all over the country. [Find what’s closest to you here!]

As an RA for Emerson College‘s Los Angeles program, I’ve found myself constantly on the lookout for things to do in the LA area, especially on the CHEAP! Museum Day is a perfect example of what scouring Twitter, Yelp, Craigslist, and Google can produce.

For all my residents, here’s a list of some close-by museums offering free admission on Saturday (Important Tip: be sure to print your ticket!)

California Science Center — interactive and fun venue with 3D and IMAX movies

FIDM Museum & Galleriespermanent collections of costumes, accessories, and textiles from the 18th century to present day; designer holdings by Chanel, YSL, Dior, and Lacroix

Hammer Museum — cultural center housed by UCLA connecting classics to the current cutting-edge

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum — beach-front exhibits chronicling wave culture complete with “that atmosphere of aloha” (*tip: surf bands play at the museum for free most Sunday afternoons)

Los Angeles Art Association — a West Hollywood hot spot for emerging artists of all media

Museum of Neon Art (MONA) — vibrant displays of fine art neon, glass, electric, and kinetic works

Skirball Cultural Centervenue dedicated to exploring the intersections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and democratic ideals

The GRAMMY Museum at LA LIVE — an interactive music experience exploring nearly 200 musical genres that houses over 25 original music films and 400 industry artifacts

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)3 locations housing a permanent collection of nearly 6,000 postwar works that survey the art of our time

Now the only hard part is deciding where to visit!

Also…I love palm trees.
Also, I love palm trees.