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The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles
Written by Edith & Juan

The Broad Museum is a popular contemporary art museum located in Downtown Los Angeles, mostly popularly known for its infinity room.  Though we aren’t necessarily huge fans of history and traditional art, we still like to immerse ourselves in museums from time to time.

The Broad in particular was one museum we much enjoyed.  The awesome exhibits attract a large popularity of people therefore it’s important to plan ahead of time.  I have to say it’s quite unique and visitors who find themselves in Los Angeles should visit this contemporary museum.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Family

Eli Broad, an entrepreneur and philanthropist had collected art since the early 1970’s.  It had long been a dream of his and his wife’s to share their collection of art with the general public.  The Broads worked with many artists and encouraged many to start their career.  Fast forward to 2015, the Broad Museum opened in Downtown Los Angeles next to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The fairly new museum features two floors of gallery space in its 120,000 square foot space while showcasing some of the most important works of art.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

 

The Broad Museum Collection

Not only is there interesting art pieces inside, the architectural design of the building itself is a highlight among many.  The structure is beautiful and has a contemporary clean and sleek design.  Inside, you have high ceilings and pops of color coming from the art.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

Exhibits at The Broad Museum

The other exhibits are on the first and third floor.  You can experience the collection inside the museum by downloading the The Broad app for free to learn more about the pieces while using their free WiFi.

On the first floor, you will find rotating exhibits and the Infinity Room.  At the time of our visit, Cindy Sherman’s collection was there but you will now find The Creatures, a collection of figures including mythological ones.

On the third floor you will find eccentric pieces that are pleasing to the eye.  Here are some of the great art pieces at The Broad.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Famous Infinity Room

The popular and famous Infinity Room, “The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away” exhibit is by Yayoi Kusama.  It’s a room with mirror-lined housing and endless LED dazzling lights.  It is by far the most popular exhibit at the Broad, and requires a separate purchased ticket.

It’s so popular that it’s best to get free early reservations tickets to the Broad museum as mentioned above, and reserve a spot immediately for the infinity room upon arrival.  This is the only way it can be done.  It is possible to put your name on a waiting list, but on weekends you could be out of luck. Only one person is allowed at a time and you get 45 seconds! Make sure you have your camera ready beforehand! You don’t want to waste time.

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New Infinity Room Coming Soon

On September 1st (today), The Broad released tickets to purchase at $25. Upon writing this, I was in line (online) to purchase tickets and they are now sold out!  This Infinity Room will be available to visitors from October 21st to January 1st, 2018.

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles

Plan A Visit

With few things in this world being free, it’s always nice to find such a remarkable place that is.  This attracts many people aside from its awesome exhibit, so we recommend planning ahead of time to avoid waiting times It’s closed Monday and closing time varies the other days, so check out the Broad’s website.

We happened to be in downtown Los Angeles one weekend and decided to just show up, big mistake.  The line was quite long and would be over an hour wait.  Because we didn’t have that time available, we decided to buy tickets to skip the line instead and we did not get access to the Infinity Room because it was late in the day.

So, with that said, reserve timed tickets online for their opening time and try to do so as they are released because reservations fill up quickly.  The early tickets will allow you to show up first to get a spot for their infinity room for that day.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles

During Your Visit

Parking can be hard to find throughout LA and can be expensive, including in Downtown Los Angeles.  If you’re hoping to spend less, be willing to walk.  Downtown is a fun area to explore, so if you find meter parking or cheap parking take it.  Broad’s parking is $12.

Food and drinks are not allowed inside the museum, but there are sometimes vendors outside that you can purchase food and snacks from.

You’ll want to bring your camera because photography is allowed but without flash.

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles

Spend Time Downtown

Downtown Los Angeles offers so much to do.  We’ve always enjoyed our time in this area and we always head to the Grand Central Market for a variety of great and delicious choices of food. Next door you will find the Walt Disney Concert Hall building and nearby you can check out some bars or head to The Last Bookstore.  Not too far you also have the Downtown Los Angeles Art scene which we highly recommend.  The whole downtown area is quite fun, so go check it out while you’re there!

Have you been to The Broad Museum? Which exhibit is your favorite or which one would you like to see?  Share with us in the comments and don’t forget to share this with others!  

The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles

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About the author

Edith & Juan

From Arizona but temporarily based near California, Edith and her husband Juan created Life Beyond 520 to share inspiration from their local travels and adventures in California and beyond. Edith is the blogger behind these posts, but together they hope to inspire couples and others to get out there and explore new places, including their own city.

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