LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is one of the largest art museums around. It contains multiple buildings, diverse galleries, and interesting architecture. It is an altogether enjoyable way to spend a day. However, there are a few reasons NOT to visit.

(Note: I am not trying to discourage people from patronage of arts, or of visiting LACMA in the first place. I am trying to offer information that will help inform your decision.)


1. LACMA admission is expensive

Admission is $15 for adults. Sure, it’s not Disneyland, but other museums are less or free (like the Getty). $15 per person is, to me, a bit steep for an art museum that isn’t the Met.

2. Metropolis isn’t always running

Metropolis II is the best exhibit at the museum, in my humble opinion. A large statue of a city, it comes with hundreds of cars moving around it. It is incredible to watch! However, due to the power requirements to keep it moving, it is not always in operation. I’d hate to visit LACMA and not get to see this amazing piece. Check out this video.


3. The other coolest parts of a LACMA day are free

The exhibit most associated with LACMA is Urban Light, a display of lamp posts out front. It is awesome, and it is free to hang out in and take your ubiquitous selfie. Also free are the food trucks that tend to congregate across the street. Both are wonderful, but neither needs admission to the museum.


LACMA is a perfectly adequate art museum, and I enjoyed my recent visit. However, I don’t know that I’d pay for the privilege of doing so again anytime soon.

2 thoughts on “Three Reasons NOT To Visit LACMA

  1. I especially enjoyed the video of Metropolis II, but it would have helped if you would have shown something that would have given me an idea of the scale. The easiest way would be a shot from further away that showed people or other objects. Keep up the good work; I look forward to getting your emails.

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