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Museums open their doors for free today and Sunday

October 3, 2009 |  8:02 am

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Summer is officially over, but that doesn't mean family excursions are out of season, especially when it comes to local museums.

This weekend, many of the major art, history and science museums in L.A. and Orange County are participating in the annual Museums Free-for-All, which allows admission-free access to the institutions' main exhibitions.

Among the museums participating are the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norton Simon, the Bowers Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.

With museum ticket prices reaching as high as $12 for adults, this weekend's program represents an opportunity for affordable culture. Some museums are offering free admission on both Saturday and Sunday; others are free for only one day.

Check our map of the participating museums so you can plan your trip accordingly.

-- David Ng