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Tips to visit The Broad museum Los Angeles with kids

Take Your Brood to The Broad in Los Angeles

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The doors may have already been open for over a year, but I’ll be honest, I hadn’t pulled the trigger on visiting The Broad contemporary art museum with my daughter because was slightly skeptical. I knew I would love it, but this year she has officially entered the tween years, and I’ve begun to realize her interests are expanding and changing in ways faster than I can keep up. One minute they seem mature and sophisticated, and the next light and carefree. If I had to explain it, I’d say it is like being on an upside down roller coaster and holding on for dear life without a safety harness. But enough of my Parenting 101 therapy session, let’s talk about The Broad.

Visit The Broad museum Los Angeles - Balloon Dog (Blue) Koons

Tips to Visit The Broad Museum in Los Angeles

So are the long lines and rave reviews worth the hype? Absolutely.

From the moment you pull up to the corner of South Grand and 2nd, there is something so magical and mysterious about the building that sets the tone for the entire visit. Not only is it awe-inspiring, but the “veil and vault” space draws you in and sends you on an unforgettable journey.

I encourage you to use this time to strike up a conversation with your kids. Ask them what they notice about the building and what they hope to see inside. Try to make a connection between something you’ve seen and something you know interests them.

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While this may not be the best museum for younger children, it is a fantastic spot for tweens and teens to see priceless works of art that appeal to this age rage. The layout of the space is open in true museum fashion, which showcases the colors, shapes, textures and styles and helps art appreciation appeal to the younger audience.

What to know before you go:

Go early and line up

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room is the hottest thing in town right now and the struggle to score a spot is real my friends. Get to The Broad early and line up to secure a reserved time so you can enjoy your visit in peace. When it’s your turn, you’ll receive a text right to your phone. Entry to The Broad museum is free.

Visit The Broad museum Los Angeles - Yayoi Kusama's The Infinity Mirror Room

Download + learn

Before you arrive, take a moment to download The Broad’s free mobile app available on iTunes and Google Play. It will be your access to a complete self-guided walking tour giving making each piece come alive even more. Don’t forget to bring your earbuds!

Kill the flash

Unlike some museums, The Broad welcomes you to snap away and share your experience across social media, but don’t make the rookie mistake of using your flash. This is a no-no for the sake of the artwork.

Leave the backpack for hiking

The Broad doesn’t have a no backpack policy; however they will ask you to wear it in the front like a papoose and that can become uncomfortable. Why? Good question. See, adults have a tendency to walk backwards and look up when they are trying to catch a better view of paintings. That’s the smart way to see the big picture, until you walk backwards straight into a Lichtenstein with your backpack. No bueno.

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Don’t go hungry

There might be a stack of larger than life dinner plates in the lobby, but the fact is there is a strict no food or drink policy inside the gallery.

Learn from my mistake

Set up a meeting place as soon as you get there. There is so much to see at the museums that within seconds you could look up and be separated from your pack.

No touchy touch

Bribe if you have to because many of the pieces and paintings are not roped off. This means your kids are on the honor system. If something is on a white platform, you keep your arms, legs, nose and eyebrows outside of the platform. Respect the boundaries.

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