Doing The Broad

"Desire" by Ed Ruscha.
“Desire” by Ed Ruscha.

A Colorful Day at the Broad

A few months ago I decided to book a reservation to the Broad, LA’s newest and much hyped about addition to museum row. I had seen the barrage of Infinity Room selfies on my Instagram feed and decided to get in on the experience myself…

"Tulips" by Jeff Koons.
“Tulips” by Jeff Koons.

The soonest weekend available was this past Super Bowl Sunday, which turned out to be quite successful in bypassing the crowds (and football) to enjoy the massive museum’s fun and modern art collection. I came up with this list of Do’s and Don’ts to help make your Broad (pronounced brode) experience the best ever.

 

"Campbell's Soup Can" and "Small Torn Campbell's Soup Can" by Andy Warhol.
“Campbell’s Soup Can” and “Small Torn Campbell’s Soup Can” by Andy Warhol.
"Michael Jackson and Bubbles" by Jeff Koons.
“Michael Jackson and Bubbles” by Jeff Koons.

DO

Make a free online advanced reservation. Unless you like waiting in REALLY long lines. The museum is free and walk-ups are welcome, however, make a reservation!

Beat the crowds by securing an AM reservation.

Download the museum app and take the self-guided audio tour. Don’t forget headphones!

Reserve a separate free timed ticket for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room. This can be done at the kiosk inside the museum’s main lobby. There will likely be a wait for this exhibit. During my visit, the wait was around 2 hours. This worked out perfectly and gave us enough time to see the entire museum.

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Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away by Yayoi Kusama.

**FYI, you only get 45 sec inside the room, so have your selfie stick and phone camera ready!

Eat before you go, and after 🙂 Walk to the Grand Central Market or have lunch on the patio at Vespaio a block away. For something quick, try the Otium On the Go cart out front.

Get parking validated inside the museum for $12.

Dress in style! You will most likely want to get your selfie on while you are there 😉

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“Under the Table” by Robert Therrien.

DON’T

Go on a Monday-museum is closed!

Park on the street. Parking structure is available behind the museum off of 2nd St. and S. Hope St.

Touch anything! Obviously but just sayin’…

Forget to be polite of people viewing the artwork  (aka make sure the coast is clear before jumping in front to Snapchat)

Go on the weekend unless you have no other choice. Weekday’s are way less busy.

Forget to bring a portable phone charger. Your phone battery will need some extra juice with all the Instagrammin’ and Snapchatting you will be doing.

Be late for your reservation. Anticipate traffic. (It’s Downtown LA.)

"Untitled" by Jean‐Michel Basquiat.
“Untitled” by Jean‐Michel Basquiat.
"In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow" by Takashi Murakami.
“In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow” by Takashi Murakami.

 

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