Discover LA: The Broad and Grand Ave.

March 24, 2018

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Last week I visited the Broad museum, located at Grand Avenue in downtown LA. The Broad museum features contemporary art with an active program of temporary exhibitions since 2015.

The building has two floors of gallery space with a cool architecture.  General admission to the museum is free. While, you will need to get tickets for special exhibits.

The infinity mirror rooms of Yayoi Kusama are among the most interesting artworks in the museum. There are currently two: Longing for Eternity which located at the second floor and The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away on the first floor. The rooms can be seen without an additional charge but you need to make reservations onsite beforehand to be able to see them ( the queue can be quite long).

I walked in to The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away and found myself in the middle of infinitely many reflecting LEDs. It was an amazing experience, you should definitely try it out!

 Apart from the infinity mirror rooms my favorite artwork were Under the Table by Robert Therrien John by Chuck Close.

There are a lot of spots to visit around this area too. Right Across the Broad is  The Museum of Contemporary Art which is also a must see if you like art! The Walt Disney Concert Hall is next to The Broad with its striking architecture.  You should also check out the funicular railway, Angel’s Fight: a landmark of LA. The railway’s top station is located at the California Plaza which is few minutes walk from the Broad museum (across the previous block). Take a look at the scenic garden and city view while walking through the plaza.

Enjoy the beautiful Downtown LA view while riding downhill from the top station and exit the funicular right across the Grand Central Market.  Make sure to try delicious food from various cuisines at the Grand Central Market.

The museum is closed on Monday, open until 5.p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, open until 8 p.m. on from Thursday through Saturday and open until 6 p.m. on Sundays. I recommend going to the museum on a weekday since it can be very crowded in the weekend. Also, you can make the most of your visit by downloading their free mobile app!

The museum is 15 minute drive from the campus. However, LA traffic can be intense depending on what time you hit the road.  You can also get to the museum by taking the metro: you can get off at the Civic Center / Grand Park Station and walk to the museum in about 5 minutes.

Thank you for reading my blog, see you in the next post!

Published on March 24th, 2018

Last updated on April 1st, 2021