Museums provide opportunities to explore and learn

by Lauren Kim Amanda Gonzalez

Graphic by Emily Duong

As summer break approaches, students have the opportunity to enhance their learning by visiting museums.

While students may think of summer break as a time for relaxation, keeping busy by exploring the museums in Los Angeles can prove beneficial. Students can learn to appreciate art and culture, as well as explore different parts of history and the natural sciences.

Although many people associate museums with high admission prices, a number of nearby attractions offer entry for little or no charge; among these are: The Getty Center, The Grammy Museum, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Latin American Art and The Natural History Museum.

Visiting a variety of exhibits throughout the summer can give students a productive and insightful break.

The Getty Center

Area: Brentwood

Admission price: Free

Parking fee: $15 per car, $10 after 3 p.m.

Description: The Getty Center is one of the two branches of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Getty is popular for its gardens, architecture, and the views overlooking Los Angeles.

Natural History Museum

Area: Exposition Park

Admission price: $12 for students

Parking fee: $12

Description: Displaying almost 35 million artifacts and specimen, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County covers 4. 5 billion years of history. It is also the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States.MAP GRAPHIC

Grammy Museum

Area: L.A. Live, Downtown

Admission price: $10.95

Parking fee: L.A. Live East Garage Lot E ($5)

Description: The Grammy Museum contains exhibits as a tribute to winners of the prestigious Grammy Award. The museum celebrates the legacies of music’s rich, cultural history.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Area: Long Beach

Admission price: $7 for students with I.D., Free admission every Sunday

Parking fee: $5

Description: MOLAA is the nation’s leading museum of Latin American art and culture. Visitors can expand their appreciation and knowledge for Latin American modern and contemporary art as the museum is alive with culture.

Hammer Museum

Area: Westwood

Admission price: free

Parking fee: free

Description: Affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, the Hammer museum is known for its artist-centric exhibits and public programs. The gallery has a collection of edgy, contemporary art and historical works.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Area: Grand Avenue, Downtown

Admission price: $8 for students with I.D.

Parking fee: 1. Walt Disney Concert Hall ($9 with MOCA validation)
              2. California Plaza ($7.50 with MOCA validation)
                        3. Metered street parking on Grand Ave.

Description: MOCA is a contemporary art gallery with three locations in Los Angeles. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown, housing thousands of contemporary American and European artworks from 1940 until now.

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