My heart's on my sleeve for L.A. We have "everything" in the sense of there being something for everyone. To return to it, is to quickly remember the fishbowl of smog we live in, but also to trace the mountains and sparkling horizons of ocean.
Add humans, and I love this epicenter of creativity we live in.
While in Vienna this July, I walked the garden of the Hapsburg's summer palace at Schönbrunn, ran from MuseumsQuartier to make the Royal Apartments tour at Hofburg Palace and got caught in the rain walking home by the old Danube. For 17,10€ a week, I could zip from Alte Donau to Stephansdom to the Jewish Quarter and more on unlimited rides on the ubahn trains — my dearest favorite thing in Wien.
This ease of transportation is something we don't have in Los Angeles — it grieves me. For that same ticket price, I can only go round-trip on the Metrolink from my neighborhood to downtown.
Traffic gets us tired, and tamps down how siloed our regions are. So all of this moving around got me thinking about the patriotic effect of having plentiful access to your country or region's monuments, the traditionally held temples of culture.
Opportunity is a combination of the cost, proximity and transportation modes surrounding a person's own work and personal responsibilities.
What confidence and pride might it give an average citizen, who doesn't necessarily claim "creativity," to have her institutions invite her with an open hand?
How then, would she regard her own role in writing the culture of her city?
Would she know she's doing it?
In this case, I wonder about museums.
And why they're so expensive to get into. (Another topic.)
And why no one on the internet has logged L.A. museums by ticket price, free day availability, ease of transpo and parking (and price of parking). I'm going full mom.
Because information is democracy, and I want to know.
I have ~40 museums in a spreadsheet in progress, but the 12 selected below are a combo of most notable and best deals I've found.
So here's what I know so far:
Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be a museum's weekend, so check if they're closed on your random day off. Thursday evenings tend to be a sweet spot of free entry, as well as one day during the first week of a month.
And of course, if you're a student, use that student ID to the fullest for discounted and free entry!
$ — Under $10 total cost
$$ — $15-$20 total cost
$$$ — Over $30 total cost
LACMA — $$$
2nd Tuesday every month for L.A. residents
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3:00pm–5:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Target sponsors free GA on a few federal holidays too:
Martin Luther King Day: Monday, January 21, 2019
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 18, 2019
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019
MOCA GRAND — $$
Every Thursday from 5:00pm–8:00pm
$9.00, BUT if you take the Metro, you can get 2-for-1 GA by presenting your TAP card.
MOCA Geffen was closed for installation but should have just re-opened August 4. MOCA Pacific Design Center will be closed until Nov. 11.
NORTON SIMON — $$
First Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Parking: $0.00 in lot. You're so close to Old Town Pasadena too. Make it a date!
THE BROAD — $
Reserve your free ticket online, but between an hour to an hour and a half before closing you can absolutely bet on a short to nonexistent line. I've seen a LONG line in the pouring rain earlier in the day; don't do that.
For special exhibitions downstairs, you'll need to sign up for a time for viewing.
$12.00 if you park in the lot.
If you do that, make it worth your while by walking to Grand Central Market and/or The Bradbury Building nearby. Or hit MOCA across the street. So many things.
LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST — $
$0.00 underground, or paid at The Grove
THE GETTY — $$
$15.00 in structure
$10.00 after 3:00pm!
BUT if you take public transit, show your TAP card for 10% off in the store.
THE GETTY VILLA — $$
$15.00 in structure
$10.00 after 3:00pm!
ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY — $
HAMMER MUSEUM — $
$6.00 (Cash only, 3 hours under the museum)