You can finally get that cultural fix IRL.
We’ve felt culturally starved for the last year—there are only so many virtual tours you can do until you the clicker in your mouse gives in and you lose the patience to try and keyboard-maneuver your way out of being zoomed on the corner of a room. But now, finally, the dormant institutions that offer an artistic and cultural refuge will reopen. We get to enjoy the hushed murmurs of fellow gallery-goers, the long contemplation of the visual expressions we’re confronted with and the tranquil space to get lost in with our thoughts.
While some museums have already opened their garden areas to the public, here are all the indoor museums and galleries that will be reopening in the next month or sooner:
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will reopen on April 1 with six new shows which include “Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative,” a show devoted to the work of Yoshitomo Nara, and “Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera.” Masks are mandatory and there’ll be other safety protocols in place. Advance tickets for Member Previews will be available from March 19 at 10 a.m. General admission tickets will be available for purchase starting March 25 at 10 a.m. Find out more here.
2. Hammer Museum
The hammer museum and its mix of historic and cutting-edge artworks are planning to reopen in mid-April. Entry remains free and you’ll get to see exhibitions like “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” which features the works of 30 Los Angeles–based artists in person. “Patrisse Cullors: F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free” is set to debut from around mid-April too. Find out more here.
3. Petersen Automotive Museum
Beyond this wacky exterior, houses a fascinating world of automobiles ranging from the flawless curves of vintage classics to high-tech supercars of the future. The museum will reopen on March 25 with timed tickets and several health & safety measures in place. Find out more here.
4. Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
This expansive gallery in a former flour mill will reopen on March 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be some exciting exhibitions coming over the next few months but the opening weekend kicks off with “Amy Sherald. The Great American Fact.” Find out more here.
5. Getty Museum
The Getty Museum has announced plans to reopen April 21 with the Getty Villa Museum opening first the Getty Center reopening a few weeks later. There will be a special Mesopotamia exhibition on display at the Getty Villa Museum. A list of health and safety measures will be introduced including timed reservations, face coverings and temperature checks. Find out more here.
6. The Huntington
On April 17, the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery will reopen and the “Made in L.A. 2020: a version” exhibition will debut. Along with the first floor, all the galleries showcasing the “Made in L.A. 2020” works will be open. Find out more here.
7. The Broad
The dynamic collection of contemporary art ranging from the 50s to the present will be accessible from May 26. The museum has not announced an exact date but plans to release details soon. Find out more here.
MOCA has announced plans to reopen this spring. The exact date will be announced via social media channels, so be sure to follow them for the latest news and updates. In the meantime, you can still enjoy a virtual tour here.
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