The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles is not one to miss; especially if you’re into contemporary art. As the newest member of the museum family in LA, the Broad is quickly gaining popularity by the old-school and the predictable . It was founded by Eli and Edythe Broad, and houses over 2,000 works of art with featured artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Kara Walker, Ellsworth Kelly, Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, AND Takashi Murakami.
The collections of art at the Broad are of a new age, less of social well beings, and more in the direction of movements, sounds, performance and communication. An impressive collection in a somewhat small space. Lots of pop-culture feel and even dwarfing at times; especially when Under The Table at Robert Therrien’s larger than life table and chairs or next to his six foot tall stack of giant saucers.
Entering the museum it was like entering a cavern; dim lights, stone-like walls, and tunnels (escalators) leading to higher levels. The museum is split in two levels, and very easy to navigate.
- Tickets are FREE!
- The Broad (pronounced BRO’d) is closed on Mondays.
- They have underground parking for $12.
- Reserve your tickets online ahead of time. We had to book ours about two months in advance because everything was sold out.
- Make sure to arrive to your reservation time on-time, or the ticket will be voided.
- You can also visit the museum without an advanced ticket reservation by waiting in the ‘stand by line’, but if the reservation crowd is large, there is a chance you will be waiting until the crowd dies down.
- If you are dying to see the Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama (like I was), here’s what to do.
- You can only reserve times to see this room, no general admission.
- Visitation time is only about 1 minute. Yes, 60 seconds.
- Tickets are only allocated once you enter the museum, not in advance.
- Get to the museum as early as possible, and once inside make a beeline for the front desk to then reserve a separate free timed ticket for the room itself.
- The exhibit sells out within in the first hour the museum is open. I got there at 1 o’clock and it was already sold out 😦
- This exhibit is on display until the end of February.
- Photography is allowed everywhere. And everyone will be snapping away!
- The Broad is not a quiet museum. There is a lot of conversation… which I liked.
- The Broad is 120,000 square feet, and you can easily see everything in an hour or two.
- There are normally food trucks out front and a nice outdoor seating area.