Here's something to do while waiting out Carmageddon II this weekend: Get a serious culture fix — for free. Selected museums across the country will waive admission fees Saturday in honor of Museum Day Live. The Autry National Center in Griffith Park, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and other venues in Southern California will participate in the free day.
The deal: Smithsonian magazine hosts this event each year to encourage people to revisit their favorite museum or learn about a new one in their area. Here's how it works: Go to the Museum Day website and register to download a free ticket good for entrance to one museum on the list.
The ticket allows free admission for two people; additional family members or friends pay full admission. It doesn't include special exhibits, Imax screenings or parking.
When: The offer is good Saturday only.
Details: I recommend checking out the list of museums to plan what you want to see. On Saturday, the Autry (usually $10 per adult) will be celebrating the birthday of namesake cowboy Gene Autry with performers singing classic cowboy songs, screenings of his TV show and birthday cake. The Grammy Museum (usually $12.95 per adult) houses an ongoing exhibit about the life of Whitney Houston.