So my friend Chelsea graciously invited me to LACMA yesterday and it was so fun. She has a membership which includes a free guest and I was super excited when she extended an invite my way. I’d like to point out that I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post, but after having such a fun day, I decided to share a quick blurb about my experiences on the blog. (please excuse photo quality, I didn’t bring my camera and used my iPhone for all pics).
First of all LACMA is pretty dope. It’s a HUGE museum with a bunch of exhibits. The exhibits are housed in different buildings and you have to walk the grounds to access each of them. The grounds are beautiful and the cherry on top was that it was such a beautiful day when I went. Two of my favorite sections were the Impressionist art and the Egyptian art. Honestly, I think this is because these were the only units I paid attention to doing my AP Art History Class in high School. I guess the class was worthwhile because I was impressed with how much I actually remembered. I also enjoyed the modern art pieces and was excited to see Warhol in person.
The one thing I don’t like is that I couldn’t go to the ticketed exhibit. Every so often, LACMA will have special exhibits that require an advance ticket. These exclusive events often sell out months in advance and you have to stalk the LACMA website to ensure you get a spot. Other than not being able to go into the special exhibit, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at LACMA and I’m looking forward to going again. Chelsea and I didn’t get a chance to see the Japanese art or the American art since we decided to get food instead but those will be my first stops next time.
By the way, if you’re looking for good food after your LACMA trip, I HIGHLY reccomend Sweet Chick LA! I was worried that it would be overhyped but they really delivered. Chelsea and I went around 5pm which Is during their “in between” menu. This menu is a small selection of their food and is only between 4-6pm. I ordered fried chicken and a bacon cheddar waffle and Chelsea ordered shrimp and grits. I didn’t try Chelsea’s because I’m allergic to shellfish but it looked amazing and she confirmed that it really was. My dish was absolutely scrumptious and I loved the mix of savory and sweet. The cheddar in the waffle was savory but there were chunks of thick sweet bacon in the waffle batter as well which made for a great combination. The chicken was seasoned and delicious and quite juicy. I added hot sauce because I love a kick, but it really didn’t need it. I need to come back here during dinner so I can try more things on their full dinner menu and do a proper review.
If you’re in LA, I highly recommend going to LACMA at some point. It’s a beautiful museum and the exhibits are always rotating so you can go again and again without seeing a work of art twice. By the way, accessing the grounds are free. So if you simply want to take a picture next to the famous urban lights exhibit or if you just want to lounge in their beautiful outdoor space and read a book, you can do that without buying a ticket. If you’re an LA resident, you can get in for free if you come after 3pm Monday-Friday. Parking is pretty pricey and costs $16 however, you can find metered parking on the streets around the museum (I recommend looking on 6th street, which is where I parked).
I’m definitely not a museum person but I do enjoy looking at pretty pieces. During my visit, LACMA had a perfect balance of insightful pieces, popular works of art that I recognized, and pretty things to look at, which was perfect for a beginner like me. I’m looking forward to going back and also hopefully next time I can make time to visit the car museum across the street too!