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Museums, Zoos and Aquariums are reopening in Los Angeles County

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums are reopening in Los Angeles County 

With the transition from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier indoor spaces will soon be able to accommodate 50 percent occupancy, provided all COVID-19 safety requirements are met. Those include:

  • Timed ticket entry—even museums that offer free admission must require reservations and issue timed tickets.
  • Limiting the number of guests to promote a physically distanced and safe environment
  • Providing physical distance markers in high traffic areas and one-way directional flow
  • Frequent and thorough cleaning of all public spaces including, restrooms, exhibition areas, handrails, and counters, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum.
  • Face coverings are required and must have two or more layers of washable, tightly woven, breathable fabric—or two layers with a pocket and a filter, and must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times. 


Aquarium of the Pacific. No shows or group presentations are being offered at this time, but most exhibits are open. Groups are limited to parties of six, seniors and those with underlying health conditions are encouraged to reserve an early arrival time; and elevators will be limited to one family’s use at a time. General admission is $36.95. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802,

Autry Museum of the American West. Visitor hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays. General admission is $6-$14, but is free for the general public through Sunday, April 18. Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027,

California African American Museum. Free admission, but advance registration required. Current installations include works by two Los Angeles-based artists: Sula Bermúdez-Silverman, and Nikita Gale. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037,

California Science Center. Although admission is free, except for IMAX and special exhibits, advance reservations are required. The IMAX theater will be operational, but at a reduced capacity, with tickets sold online in advance. 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles,

LACMA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reopened last week. Check out the fun and colorful Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980, exhibit, through April 25. Closed Wednesdays. Check website for hours. General admission is $25.00. 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden is open, but Griffith Park, where the zoo is located, had to shut down over Easter weekend, when record crowds violated COVID-19 safety requirements.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the La Brea Tar Pits reopened April 8. The NHM’s William S. Hart Museum in Newhall remains closed for now. NHM is located at 900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Hours are Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: closed. General admission is $6-$15, the Butterfly Pavilion at NMH is $6. Pre-paid parking is $12 per vehicle at the NHM. Current exhibits include “Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A.” and “Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women.”

The La Brea Tar Pits are at 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Pre-paid parking at the Tar Pits is $15.,

The Petersen Automotive Museum was one of the first to reopen in March. Current highlights include an exhibit on electric cars. 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Select Galleries at the Huntington are set to reopen April 17. The gardens, store, and 1919 café are already open. 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 is set to reopen April 17.

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