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The design-forward building cost $140 million and houses nearly 2,000 pieces of art.

September 21, 2015

As if you needed another reason to visit Los Angeles, there’s the long-awaited opening of The Broad, the city’s newest contemporary art museum, which welcomed its first visitors on Sept. 20. The 120,000-square-foot museum houses much of the nearly 2,000-piece collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad—considered one of the most impressive collections of postwar and contemporary art. 

The innovative building is designed by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler, and filters natural light through a lacy exoskeleton into a massive third floor gallery space without any structural columns. A free mobile app will be available for the museum, offering themed tours, one narrated by LeVar Burton.

The inaugural exhibition, which is on view through the spring, features some 250 works by 60 artists, including Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Mike Kelley. Admission is free, but plan ahead—online ticket reservations are already full until mid-October. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, an LED experiential light display, accommodates one visitor at a time for approximately 45 seconds, and requires a separate free timed ticket, available at the museum.

David A. Keeps is on the Los Angeles beat for Travel + Leisure. The host of Ovation TV's "Art and The City," he writes regularly about travel and design. Follow him on Twitter at @davidkeeps and Instagram at @davidkeepsinsta.

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