A Guide to L.A.-Area Museum Reopenings

Everything you need to know about what’s open, what’s on, and how to get tickets

Museums are now allowed to open their doors to indoor visitors for the first time in a year (commercial galleries were allowed to open previously). Here’s what we know about when museums in Los Angeles will reopen. This list will continue to be updated as more announcements are made.

Aquarium of the Pacific

All exhibits of the Long Beach aquarium are now open to the public, including seasonal whale watching cruises and private animal encounters. Advance ticket purchase is required.

The Autry Museum of the American West

Members were able to come back to the Autry starting March 30, and the general public as of April 6. Tickets must be reserved in advance. On site, the cafe will remain closed, but bottled water and packaged snacks will be available for purchase.

The Broad Museum

The Broad reopens on May 26, starting with a round of preview days for first responders and community organizers. Tickets are now available. Details, including exhibition information, can be found here.

California African American Museum

The California African American Museum reopened on March 27. Capacity is capped at 50 visitors per hour; free, timed reservations must be booked in advance. Upon reopening, there will be five exhibits on display, including shows focused on artists Nikita Gale and Sula Bermúdez-Silverman.

California Science Center

The California Science Center welcomed visitors back on March 27. Admission is free except for IMAX and special exhibits. The IMAX theater will be operational, but at a reduced capacity, with tickets sold online in advance. Families are advised to remember that all children over age two must wear a face covering and children must stay with their household group at all times while visiting the museum.

Getty Center and Villa

The Getty Center is reopening on May 25 to a limited number of visitors with free reservations. Exhibits include Lucretia; Photo Flux: Unshuttering L.A.; and Power, Justice and Tyranny in the Middle Ages.The Getty Villa museum and gardens reopened on April 21. Tickets will initially be limited, and visitors will be required to stick to pre-set, one-way routes through the facility.


The GRAMMY Museum will reopen on May 21. When it does, there will be three new exhibits to check out: the previously-announced Motown: The Sound of Young America, plus the just-revealed Dave Matthews Band: Inside and Out, and Y Para Siempre… Marco Anthonio Solís. One show that was on before the pandemic, This is Nat King Cole, has also been extended.

Hammer Museum

The Hammer Museum reopened on April 17. The primary exhibition is “Made in L.A. 2020: A Version,” the fifth iteration of the museum’s popular biennial. Half of the exhibition, which features new works by 30 L.A.-based artists, is being staged at the Huntington.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Garden

The Huntington Museum opened select galleries on April 17 to display a newly-restored The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, and half of the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” biennial; the other half will be displayed at the Hammer. The outdoor gardens and cafe were already open.


LACMA reopened galleries to the public effective April 1. Visitors are able to enjoy some exhibitions that were hanging when the museum closed last March, along with six new shows: Bill Viola: Slowly Turning Narrative, Yoshitomo Nara, NOT I: Throwing Voices (1500 BCE-2020 CE), Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera, Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave It, and View From Here: Recent Acquisitions. Details of new safety guidelines can be found on the museum’s website.

L.A. Zoo

The L.A. Zoo is open. Reservations for a new, timed-entry system are required. Special events like the Beastly Ball and educational programs remain online-only.

Long Beach Museum of Art

Both the Long Beach Museum of Art and LBMA Downtown reopened at 25 percent capacity effective April 1. Upon reopening, the main LBMA will feature a special exhibit, Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California. The waterside Claire’s at the Museum restaurant at LBMA reopened on March 25.


All MOCA facilities will reopen starting June 3, with member preview days starting May 20. All visitors will need to book timed tickets in advance, but those passes will now be free.


The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach remains closed; no reopening information is available.

Mullin Automotive Museum

The Mullin Automotive Museum reopened to visitors on April 9 on a limited daily schedule. Advance tickets are required, and are now on sale.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, La Brea Tar Pits, and William S. Hart Museum

Indoor spaces at the NHM reopened on April 1. Exhibitions on display at reopening will include Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. The La Brea Tar Pits will reopen April 8, with tickets on sale starting April 1. For now, the Hart museum will remain closed.

The Nethercutt Collection

Currently closed, no reopening date announced.

The Norton Simon Museum

The museum is reopening its main level galleries and garden on May 20; some amenities will remain closed temporarily.

Palm Springs Art Museum

This desert destination reopened on April 1, and will have three special exhibitions up at reopening. The separate Architecture and Design Center will not reopen until September.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Car enthusiasts were able to start returning to the Petersen on March 25. Tickets are required and are available online now, with free tickets offered to health care and emergency service workers. On display will be nine exhibits, including ones dedicated to electric cars and to vehicles specialized for extreme environments.

Skirball Cultural Center

On April 6, the Skirball opened “Noah’s Outdoor Explorers: A Family Experience for Members,” a members-only outdoor exhibition. Tickets will be available to members for timed entries. Indoor operations at the museum reopened on May 15, and launching with a new exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Trace.

Travel Town Museum

Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park opened to visitors on weekends starting April 17. While the museum was closed, staff and volunteers of the Travel Town Museum Foundation have been hard at work restoring several of the museum’s historic trains.

Wende Museum 

The Wende Museum, which specializes in art and artifacts of the Cold War and Eastern Bloc, reopened on May 1. The date holds double significance as May Day celebrations were a major tradition of the region. Reservations are required.

Western Museum of Flight

Aeronautics-focused Western Museum of Flight in Torrance reopened starting April 17. The museum has a large collection of historical aircrafts and related artifacts.

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