More cultural institutions continued to emerge from COVID-19 closures, with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History welcoming visitors again on Thursday, April 1.
Capacity will be capped at 25% at both museums until Monday, when the county steps up to orange in the state’s COVID-19 economic plan, allowing museums to increase capacity to 50%.
“The Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits have brought joy to generations of Angelenos for over a century,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President / Director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.
“We are delighted to welcome the community back inside them after a full year of closure and to make them more accessible to all Angelenos,” she said. “As museums of, for and with LA, we’ve witnessed the impact our outdoor spaces have on visitors, as they return to our butterfly and spider lodge and connect with nature. With this in mind, as the world strives to heal from the pandemic, we are more committed than ever to providing opportunities that inspire curiosity, relaxation and wonder. “
Advance purchase of tickets with reserved times will also be required for all museum guests, located in the exhibition grounds adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as well as face coverings. All visitors will be provided with styluses so they can use the museum’s touch screens without having to come into physical contact with them.
NHM and the La Brea Tar Pits will gradually reopen, Thursday through Sunday, Bettison-Varga said, and expand the days over the next few months. The Butterfly Pavilion season runs until September 6, with free tickets for members, $ 6 for non-members. The Spider Pavilion will open later this year.
The museum will open two new exhibits: “Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women” and “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of LA”. Tickets can be purchased at nhm.org.
Visitors to LACMA – with tickets purchased in advance online – will see several new exhibits, including:
- Bill Viola: Slow spinning story;
- Cauleen Smith: Give it or leave it;
- PAS I: casting votes (1500 BCE – 2020 CE);
- Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera;
- View from here: Recent acquisitions; and
- Work by Yoshitomo Nara.
The Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street and Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific exhibitions from 2020 have been extended and will also be on view.
The museum requires that visitors follow City and County of Los Angeles health and safety protocols in the interior and exterior areas of the museum. All visitors should cover their face and mouth at all times except when eating or drinking, perform an online health exam, take their temperature, and maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.
People can get admission tickets in advance online at www.lacma.org or by calling 323-857-6010. Block tickets will be released one week at a time.