Visiting SoCal Museums for Free


LOS ANGELES– On Saturday, January 30th, over twenty museums across Southern California opened their doors and invited visitors to come to their museums, free of charge. Various museums showcasing art, culture, natural history, and science took part in this event.

This offer was part of the 11th annual Museums Free-for-All. This day gave individuals an opportunity to explore the participating institutions. (But this offer was for general free admission so it did not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions, nor pre-reserved galleries.)

Jesús Rafael Soto's "Penetrable" was overcrowded with visitors.
Jesús Rafael Soto’s “Penetrable” was overcrowded with visitors.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) joined over twenty participating museums, opening from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.. There was also free admission to the Frank Gehry exhibition, which was specially-ticketed. This exhibition shows off Frank Gehry’s influence on Los Angeles and other cities’ architectures. The exhibition included never-before-seen sketches from the hand that designed many LA buildings, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Other showcases in LACMA included the Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination, Penetrable, Levitated Mass, Metropolis II, Miracle Mile, and many more underrated works of art. Cultural displays of European Art and Asia and Pacific Art were shown in forms of paintings, sculptures, and glass.

"Urban Lights" by Chris Burden.
“Urban Lights” by Chris Burden.

“There’s a bit of a crowd here today,” said a random pedestrian who walked by LACMA. Around 6:00 P.M., the sun was setting and the lines were still moving fast. The atmosphere was lively and family members and friends enjoyed their time as they moved from one exposition to another. The very famous and iconic site of Instagram photos, Urban Lights by Chris Burden, was packed with visitors. The 202 restored cast-iron street lamps were lit from dusk until dawn, controlled by solar energy, according to Miranda Carroll, LACMA’s communications director.

“We hope that visitors take advantage of this day by going to a museum they have always wanted to see or by revisiting an old favorite,” said Alex Capriotti, SoCal Museums President and The Broad’s Director of Marketing and Communications, in a press release.

Museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Broad, Getty Center, California Science Center, Natural History Museum, Descanso Gardens, Museum of Tolerance, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and California African American Museum were just some of the many different institutions taking part in this wonderful event.

Take advantage of free admission and visit the SoCal museums next year if you missed them. Not only was this a chance to witness works of art but also a great way to learn some history.


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