Get lost in a maze of snowflakes at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, enjoy the sights and sounds of the American West at The Autry or step into a 3D film filled with thousands of monarch butterflies at the California Science Center.
Angelenos can enjoy free admission to 20 museums — including LACMA, the Fowler Museum and the Annenberg Space for Photography — during SoCal Museum's ninth annual Free-For-All Saturday on January 25, 2014.
What exhibitions and museums should you plan on attending?
Stacy Lieberman, vice president of communications and visitor experience at the Autry Museum, suggests the Pasadena Museum of California Art for "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez in California."
Lieberman expects a high turnout at the event this year.
"We often see groups coming together, groups from women's shelters, Boy Scout troops..and I think the Free-For-All gives the community a chance to think about access to museums," she told KPCC.
In anticipation of Saturday's event, we've created a mini cheat sheet to help you make the most of the day. Here are a few highlights, exhibitions and food destinations you don't want to miss:
(Mark Weston/flickr Creative Commons)
Enjoy a relaxing day at the Getty Villa and surround yourself with the sights, smells and sounds of Mother Nature. Explore 300 different varieties of plants, herbs, fruit trees and rare flowers before visiting the Outer Peristyle — one of the largest gardens at the Villa (complete with intricate Greek and Roman-inspired architecture and glittering ponds). What's the secret behind the Villa's amazing architecture? Find out in this interactive 12-minute video.
You can never take too many selfies at LACMA. Get sucked into a vortex of giant noodles, enjoy the popular dreamy urban lights installation and grab a bite to eat at the museum's spacious outdoor food court. (You can also find some great meals at the food trucks across the street.)
When you're done stuffing yourself with tasty Mediterranean food, walk over to the Metropolis II exhibition and experience Chris Burden's surreal interpretation of a modern city. Expect to see dozens of miniature cars whizzing by on colorful roadways. Bring the kids; they'll definitely get a kick out of this creative and kinetic exhibit.
(Isabelle Boucher/flickr Creative Commons)
Make it a lunch date and head over to Café Viva for a flavorful taste of Latin America. Choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat options. If you're a foodie, order the Oaxacan Tlayuda Chicken Mol and a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate (or wine) to help you relax. Remember to save some room for that coconut flan you've been dying to devour like a champ.
Need a creative space where you can analyze, critique and learn more about the story behind the lens? View photos and surreal moments captured by some of the world's best photographers at the museum's Skylight Studios. To stimulate your mind, enjoy a variety of topics during the Iris Nights lecture series. You can expect to hear personal accounts and photo techniques from professional photographers and experts in the field.
Here's a sneak peek:
- Annenberg Space for Photography
- Armory Center for the Arts
- Autry National Center of the American West
- California African American Museum
- California Science Center
- Fowler Museum at UCLA
- Getty Center
- Getty Villa
- Hammer Museum
- Japanese American National Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial (Hollywood and San Pedro)
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Museum of Latin American Art
- Orange County Museum of Art
- Paley Center for Media
- Pasadena Museum of California Art
- Santa Monica Museum of Art
- Skirball Cultural Center
- USC Pacific Asia Museum
Here's a map with a list of the museums.