The COVID-19 pandemic forced Los Angeles County museums to temporarily shut their doors, but it’s LA and the story must go on.
As you prepare your comeback, know that the experience at the museums won’t be exactly the same as it was before the shutdown. New health and safety guidelines are in place and it’s a good idea to plan your visit and read the guidelines before visiting.
Since museums are re-opening with a limited capacity, even those that don’t charge admission have timed-entry tickets available online. At museums where advance tickets are recommended, you should take advantage of it, just in case they’re sold out at the door.
These three are on the top of my list!
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036 | 323-857-6000
LACMA has reopened with six new exhibitions. “Yoshitomo Nara,” a retrospective of the popular Japanese artist that had been scheduled to open last year, will be on view through July 5. Also now open are “Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative,” “Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It,” Not I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE),” “Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera” and “View From Here: Recent Acquisitions.” Meanwhile, “Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street” and “Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific,” which opened last year, have extended their runs until May. Capacity at LACMA will be limited and advance tickets are required. See the museum’s website for more information.
2. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino 91108 | 626-405-2100
Reopening of the galleries at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens begins on April 17. At that time, visitors will be able to take in a view of Thomas Gainsborough’s 18th century masterpiece “The Blue Boy,” which has been recently restored. The Huntington will also debut its portion of “Made in L.A. 2020: A Version,” a collaboration with The Hammer, which will be on view through August 1. As of April 17, the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery and part of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, will be open to the public. Tickets must be reserved online prior to your visit to the Huntington. See the museum’s website for more information on planning your visit.
3. California Science Center
California Science Center and the museum’s IMAX theater reopened on March 27. Amongst the exhibitions on view are Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO-centric “The Art of the Brick,” as well as the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Kelp Forest. In the coming months, the Science Center will bring new exhibitions to its audience. These include “Covid-19: All in This Together” and “Life! Beginnings.” Advanced tickets are recommended, due to the reduced capacity at the Science Center. Check the museum’s website for more information.