Los Angeles has plenty to offer on a rainy day, and what better way is there than to fill it with culture at one of the many museums in town? From LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), the city’s vast selection of famed art can be experienced without leaving your doorstep. Check out our list for more information about current exhibitions and museum details so you have no excuse not to indulge yourself in some dazzling artwork!
LACMA | Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA’s collections are impressive and provide visitors the chance to explore works from across centuries, regions, and cultures. Discover stunning masterpieces of modernism, large-scale contemporary pieces, and traditional Japanese screens at one of the top local museums. At LACMA, you’ll find some of Los Angeles’s most superb special exhibitions.
Current Exhibits: Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938–1945 [December 18, 2022 – June 19, 2023]; The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia [December 18, 2022 – April 16, 2023]; Afro-Atlantic Histories [December 11, 2022 – September 10, 2023]; Marley Freeman, ones former other one, 2021, New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions [November 12, 2022 – May 29, 2023], 1947 Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany [October 29, 2022 – July 22, 2023]; Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980 [October 9, 2022 – February 5, 2023]; Robert Budzinski’s Faces of Humanity, Reexamining the Grotesque: Selections from the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection [September 24, 2022 – March 5, 2023]
|Monday||11 am–6 pm|
|Tuesday||11 am–6 pm|
|Thursday||11 am–6 pm|
|Friday||11 am–8 pm|
|Saturday||10 am–7 pm|
|Sunday||10 am–7 pm|
Closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
When it comes to local museums, The Getty is a must. Perched atop its hillside residence, the J. Paul Getty Trust boasts an impressive collection of art and artifacts in both its original Villa home as well as newer center pavilions – all open to explore with free admission. Offering a unique perspective on L.A.’s landscape from Downtown vistas to Westward views of hillsides and oceans, visitors have the opportunity to experience Impressionist pieces, ornate French furniture displays, and rotating exhibitions over this remarkable site.
Current Exhibits: Uta Barth: Peripheral Vision [November 15, 2022–February 19, 2023], In Dialogue [October 25, 2022–March 5, 2023], Códice Maya de México [October 18, 2022–January 15, 2023], Dutch Drawings from a Collector’s Cabinet [October 11, 2022–January 15, 2023], Eighteenth-Century Pastels [August 30, 2022–February 26, 2023], J. Paul Getty Life and Legacy
[May 25, 2021–Ongoing]
Hours: Open 10 am–5:30 pm | Saturday 10 am–9 pm
Holiday closures: Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
With the bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington, Los Angeles is home to one of the most enjoyable attractions in the region today. Offering a unique blend of art, library holdings, and vast outdoor spaces worthy of exploration for an entire day – from Gutenberg Bible to stunningly landscaped Japanese gardens, every corner exudes essentiality! Delightful leisure awaits visitors aiming for full appreciation rather than making it a mad rush experience.
Current Exhibits: Method and Material: Tempera Painting in Focus
[Feb. 26–March 13, 2023], Gee’s Bend: Shared Legacy [Sept. 17, 2022–Sept. 4, 2023], Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts [Dec. 10, 2022–March 27, 2023], Crafting a Garden: Inside the Creation of Liu Fang Yuan [Oct. 22, 2022–May 29, 2023]
|Monday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 a.m.–5 p.m.|
The last ticketed entry time is 4 p.m.
The Huntington is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Independence Day.
As far as modern art museums go, The Broad stands out both inside and out. At this downtown museum, you’ll find a contemporary art experience like no other. Admirers of Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, and more can explore two Infinity Mirror Rooms as well as an extensive collection featuring 2,000 post-war pieces from some of our favorite artists. Venture out into the plaza for tranquility among olive trees before grabbing a scrumptious bite at Otium restaurant with its French Laundry influence from Timothy Hollingsworth himself!
Current Exhibits: William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows [Nov 12 – Apr 09, 2023]
Coming Soon: Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody [May 27 – Oct 08, 2023]
|Tuesday||11 a.m.-5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||11 a.m.-5 p.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Friday||11 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m.–8 p.m.|
|Sunday||10 a.m.–6 p.m.|
Closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
The standby line closes 60-90 minutes before the museum closes and may close earlier on busy days.