LA County art, history museums emerge from coronavirus closures today – Press Telegram

LA County art, history museums emerge from coronavirus closures today – Press Telegram

More cultural institutions continued to emerge from COVID-19 closures, with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum both welcoming visitors again on Thursday, April 1.

Capacity will be limited to 25% at both museums until Monday, when the county will move into the orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 economic blueprint, allowing museums to boost capacity to 50%.

“The Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits have brought joy to generations of Angelenos for more than a century,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, president/director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County.

“We are thrilled to welcome the community back inside them after a full year of closure and to make them more accessible for all Angelenos,” she said. “As museums of, for and with L.A., we have been witnessing the impact that our outdoor spaces have on visitors, as they return to our Butterfly and Spider Pavilion and connect with nature. In that spirit, while the world strives to heal from the pandemic, we are more committed than ever to providing opportunities that inspire curiosity, relaxation and wonder.”

Advanced ticket purchases with reserved times will also be required for all guests at the museum, located in Exposition Park adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, along with face coverings. All visitors will be provided with styluses to they can use touchscreens in the museum without having to make physical contact with them.

NHM and the La Brea Tar Pits will reopen gradually, Thursdays through Sundays, Bettison-Varga said, and will expand the days over the coming months. The Butterfly Pavilion season will run through Sept. 6,with tickets free for members , $6 for non-members. The Spider Pavilion will open  later this year.

The museum will open two new gallery exhibits: “Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women” and “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of LA.” Tickets can be purchased at

Visitors to LACMA — with tickets purchased in advance online — will see several new exhibits, including:

The exhibitions Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street and Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific from 2020 were extended and also will be available to view.

The museum requires visitors to follow Los Angeles city and county health and safety protocols in both the indoor and outdoor areas of the museum. All visitors must cover their face and mouth at all times except when eating or drinking, complete an online health screening, have their temperature taken, and maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people.

People can get advanced timed-entry tickets online at or by calling 323-857-6010. Ticket blocks will be released one week at a time.

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