There are so many diverse museums across Southern California. Right now, you have an opportunity to visit those from home. Here are a few of my suggestions for virtual visits to Los Angeles museums.

The Getty Center

The Getty Research Institute has thousands and thousands of resources. You can explore them online through virtual visits, videos, podcasts, and more. One of the best resources I found for the Getty is the blog entry they made on their website. Some of the highlights include:

Virtual tour of The Getty Center

Take a virtual tour of The Getty Center. Photo by Patricio Hurtado via Pixabay

The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media brings us art and performances from television, radio, and other platforms. While The Paley Center for Media is closed, you can find hours of entertainment and information on the Center's YouTube channel through PALEY@Home. There are new videos almost daily. Tuesdays feature Paley Presents with some of the biggest headliners. Wednesday is Family Comedy. The Paley Report comes out each Thursday featuring conversations with CEOs and leaders in media. Fridays are Paley Date Night with comedies and dramas.

virtual visits to Los Angeles Museums

You can take a virtual visit of the Paley Center for Media. Check out this set from Friends. Photo by Tracie Hall via Wikimedia

Annenberg Space for Photography

I completely believe in the philosophy that a photo is worth 1,000 words. I am fascinated with great photographs that capture an entire story. Nowhere can you experience this more than at Annenberg Space for Photography. Since the beautiful space is closed, you can follow along with some of the photo exhibits via audio tour. Featured exhibits right now include:

The Hammer Museum at UCLA

The Hammer Museum, founded in 1990 by Dr. Armand Hammer, works to bring artists and art together to inspire change. While the museum is closed, you can access the museum's YouTube channel to experience the wonder of art. There are also some great artists who offer online interviews.

virtual visits to Los Angeles Museums

Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Photo by Gary Minnaert via Wikimedia

The Broad

The Broad, in downtown Los Angeles, is the city's newest museum. It opened five years ago with works from around the world. There are 2,000 works in the permanent collection and many more visiting exhibits. The museum itself is a work of art, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. It is called “the veil and the vault” with a space for the public and a space for collection storage.

virtual visits to Los Angeles Museums

The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Kerstin Bednarek via Wikimedia

During the COVID-19 shutdown, The Broad is offering some great virtual experiences with #TheBroadFromHome. Here are some of the highlights:

California Science Center

The California Science Center is an interactive museum that is an invaluable resource for students and families in Southern California. During the COVID-19 crisis, it might be closed, but the center is offering great “Stuck at Home Science“.

During the closure, the center is offering a variety of daily activities, complete with videos and activity guides that parents can download. They also offer a weekly live video stream each Tuesday at 10 am Pacific time.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Do you love cars? The Petersen Automotive Museum is livestreaming one-hour vault tours of their auto collection. This gives the public a chance to see behind the scenes in ways that most people never get to experience. You can go online and sign up to receive an email link to one of the livestreams about 20 minutes before each one goes live. Donations are suggested, but there is no charge. The upcoming livestreams include:

  • Deep Dive into McLaren History, April 6 at 11 am Pacific time
  • Superperformance Shop Tour, April 8 at 9 am Pacific time
  • From the Archives, April 9 at 11 am Pacific time
  • Deep Diver into McLaren History, Part 2, April 10, 11 am Pacific time
  • Full Vault Tour, April 11, 11 am Pacific time
  • Superperformance Shop Tour, Part 2, April 12, 9 am Pacific time

They also have a 30-minute video showing you inside the vault highlighting great cars with stories. There are also some great stories and online activities that can keep any car enthusiast—young or old—entertained for hours.

We must all do our part to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you can't travel, you can still experience the wonder that's in the world through some amazing virtual experiences. I hope you enjoy these virtual visits to Los Angeles museums.

There are many diverse museums across Southern California. Right now, you have an opportunity to visit those from home. Here are a few of my suggestions for virtual visits to Los Angeles museums, making these ideal for you to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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