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:
- Explore the Michelangelo exhibit currently at the Getty
- Rembrandt exhibits around Los Angeles, including at the Getty
- Read the Getty's online publications about art and exhibitions
- Watch the Getty Museum's YouTube channel
- Listen to the Getty Podcasts
- Resources for parents and teachers
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.
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:
- Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling
- WALLS: Defend, Divide, and the Divine
- Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
- Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield
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.
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.
During the COVID-19 shutdown, The Broad is offering some great virtual experiences with #TheBroadFromHome. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Broad Facebook page offers great video experiences. There are photos, videos, and interactive weekly experiences.
- Infinite Drone Series gives you a chance to experience the Infinity Mirrored Room and more
- Poetry and art series showcases the link between visual art and literature
- Family workshops feature a weekly art activity tutorial, which gives step-by-step instructions for a family art project. New videos come out each Friday morning.
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.