A host of museums across the Southland will offer free admission Saturday as part of Smithsonian magazine's 15th annual Museum Day.
Museum Day is a national celebration in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution's Washington D.C.-based museums.
Among the local institutions participating are The Wende Museum, Flight Path Museum and Learning Center at LAX, California African American Museum, the Grammy Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Pacific Railroad Museum.
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"Flight Path welcomes this opportunity to join in the nationwide celebration of Museum Day," LAX Flight Path Museum president Agnes Huff said. "We encourage local residents, visitors and everyone with a passion for aviation and aerospace history to take this opportunity to come visit Flight Path Museum for free."
The Flight Path Museum and Learning Center is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except major holidays, in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway.
The museum is operated by nonprofit Flight Path in cooperation with the Los Angeles World Airports to preserve Southern California's aviation heritage.
People hoping to take advantage of the free admission should visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday/search to find a museum and download free tickets.
More than 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year's event nationwide, according to the Smithsonian, with this year expected to attract more people than ever.