While locales across the country welcome the arrival of cool, fall temperatures, Los Angeles heats up with LA Museum Season, a celebration of monumental anniversaries and special exhibitions. Visitors who book two hotel nights or more on discoverlosangeles.com for stays October 7 through November 17, 2013, receive a “LA Museum Season” pass good for two free admissions and gift shop discounts at more than 25 premier Los Angeles cultural institutions. With a savings of more than $500, the offer is timed to coincide with dozens of anniversary celebrations at the city’s arts and cultural institutions including: the 100thanniversary of the Natural History Museum; 25th anniversary of The Autry National Center; and the 15th anniversary of The Getty Center.
Institutions participating in the free admission offer include the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, USS Iowa, Hollywood Museum, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum and GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. Live, to name a few.
LA hotel options span from downtown to the Westside and Hollywood to the Valley with fall value rates from four-star properties including the valley’s Hotel Amarano ($134), Venice Beach’s Hotel Erwin ($183); the Westside’s Hotel Angeleno ($219) and the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel. ($249), the Hollywood Roosevelt ($269) and The Standard in Downtown LA ($285).
A sample of museum savings and exhibition highlights include:
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Exposition Park)
LA’s oldest museum in continuous operation, the Natural History Museum, is marking its 100th anniversary with the recent opening of Becoming Los Angeles—a 14,000-sq.-ft. exhibit that pays tribute to LA’s heritage and that explores the natural and cultural history of Southern California.
Also of note is North Campus, a 3.5-acre living wilderness habitat and a scientific hub called the Nature Lab where visitors get up close and personal with LA wildlife and learn the stories of the creatures that share our space.
Admission is regularly $12 per person.
The Autry National Center (Hollywood)
Celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary, The Autry has brought to life the people, legends, innovators, and spirited thinkers who have called the West home since 1988.
In honor of their silver anniversary, the Autry has launched new permanent exhibits including:
- Art of the West – a dynamic exhibit exploring Western art through the themes of Religion and Ritual, Land and Landscape, Migration and Movement.
- Western Frontiers –an exhibition tracing the history of the West from the opening of the frontier in the early nineteenth century to Western television shows in the latter part of the twentieth century.
- Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery – featuring more than 100 pieces of rare ceramics, this exhibition traces the dramatic changes that transformed the Pueblo pottery tradition in the era following sixteenth-century Spanish colonization to the present.
Admission is regularly $20 per person.
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Like Rome, the Getty Center wasn’t built in a day. From architect selection to opening, it took 13 years for the Center to emerge from a rough hillside and now boasts 24 acres, a million square feet of buildings, 25 million pounds of steel and 300,000 travertine blocks weighing in at 84 million pounds. This year, the $2.8 billion landmark marks its 15th anniversary with a series of special exhibitions, some of which include:
- Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul, August 2013 – January 2014
- At the Window: The Photographer’s View, October 1, 2013–January 5, 2014
- In Focus: Architecture, October 15, 2013–March 2, 2014
“LA Museum Season” pass includes 10% off gift shop purchases.
Participating “LA Museum Season” institutions include: the Autry National Center ($20 value), California African American Museum ($10 off store purchases), California Science Center ($4 value), Chinese American Museum ($6 value), Craft & Folk Art Museum ($14 value), Fowler Museum at UCLA (50% off select catalogues), The Getty Center (10% off gift shop purchase), The Getty Villa (10% off gift shop purchase), GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. Live ($26 value), Hammer Museum ($20 value), Heritage Square Museum ($20 value), Hollywood Museum ($30 value), Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens ($46 value), Japanese American National Museum ($18 value), LACMA ($30 value), LA Museum of the Holocaust (free gift), MOCA ($24 value), Museum of Latin American Art ($18 value), Museum of Tolerance ($31 value), Natural History Museum ($24 value), Norton Science Museum ($20 value), Pacific Asia Museum ($20 value), Page Museum ($24 value), The Paley Center for Media ($20 value), Pasadena Museum of California Art ($14 value), The Petersen Automotive Museum ($30 value), Santa Monica Museum of Art (10% off gift shop purchases), Skirball Cultural Center ($20 value) and the Battleship Iowa ($36 value). Values are for two regularly priced adult tickets.
For more information, visit: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/museumseason.