wander the broad

The Broad Museum – (pronounced brode) – is amazing.

Yep, we were among the Angelenos happily counting down the days until we could finally check out the much-hyped about (and FREE!), new Broad Museum.

Let’s be honest, unless you already live in or close to downtown getting there can deter us, so here’s an easy tip on avoiding traffic & expensive downtown parking:

Find your local station & take Metro LA. Use “Metro Red Line Civic Center” as your destination & you can be dropped off right in DTLA by the museum.

The Broad is filled with so many of our favorite contemporary artists, such as Keith Haring & Jean-Michael Basquiat, so we definitely recommend taking your time while walking around. As you walk up or down the main stairs, you’ll see sneak peeks of art pieces that aren’t yet on display.

stairs into the Broad

stairs into the Broad

 

art in the Broad

art in the Broad

 

art in the Broad

art in the Broad

 

art in the Broad

art in the Broad

 

art in the Broad - Hollyẅood is a verb

art in the Broad – Hollyẅood is a verb

Another beauty of taking the train is the flexibility it gives you.

There are so many places to walk near The Broad where you can get drinks & dinner or walk around Grand Park & City Hall.

grand park & city hall - near Metro Red Line Civic Center stop

grand park & city hall – near Metro Red Line Civic Center stop

One of our favorite options is to walk to Chinatown & find our way to the Far East Plaza on Broadway.

Chinatown entrance

Chinatown entrance

How about ramen or chicken wings at Ramen Champ, ice cream (coffee & ginger!) at Scoops or coffee at endorffeine? All steps from each other in a great setting.

Full disclosure on our adventure; we ate chicken wings & ramen, had ice cream, drank coffee, perused the vintage books & clothes at East/West Shop & then walked over to Seven Grand for a whiskey drink. We wanted to end the night with an old school downtown throwback.

Three Tips for a fun trip to The Broad Museum:

– Take Metro because it gives you the flexibility to be adventurous & walk around.

– Check out The Broad museum’s small book nook just beside the gift shop. We found unique books about Los Angeles history, cool skateboards & chilled while figuring out our next steps.

– Pretend like you’re on vacation for a few hours & explore downtown with open eyes. So much is happening & changing that what you experience today may be entirely different tomorrow. Remember when we used to eat dim sum at Empress Pavilion? Case in point.

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