We know, we know — Southern Californians are truly “blessed” when it comes to sunshine. Rainy days are such a rarity in LA (so much so BuzzFeed made this hilarious video about it), that sometimes we’re stuck feeling clueless on what to do when a little moisture hits. Luckily enough for DTLA dwellers, we’ve got a multitude of museums and galleries at our fingertips — one for each rainy day of winter in LA!
250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary art is a world renowned museum housing some of the country’s finest contemporary art. You’ll always find a thought-provoking exhibit on rotation at MOCA from photography, to painting, and interactive artwork. Educators offer walkthroughs daily, no appointment necessary. MOCA is open every day of the week except Tuesday from 11-6. Thursday hours are extended to 8 and sometimes they have special events in the evenings, so be sure to check their site for details!
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Geffen is an arm of the MOCA that’s definitely worth paying a visit to on a rainy day. An old police garage renovated by architect Frank Gehry, The Geffen has been transformed into a contemporary art space with rotating exhibitions that will delight art enthusiasts. Located in Little Tokyo, The Geffen is the perfect place to spend a rainy day taking in modern art followed by a bowl of hot ramen!
The Broad is one of LA’s newest and most sought-after museums in Los Angeles housing over 2,000 works of contemporary art. The museum offers free general admission, although it’s best to reserve your ticket in advance! Some of their rotating exhibits do require advanced registration and ticket purchase, so be sure to check their site for special exhibitions instructions. The building itself is an architectural work of art, and the inside is just as appealing to the senses — you’ll be grateful a rainy day brought you into The Broad!
Japanese American National Museum
The Japanese American National Museum is located in DTLA’s Little Tokyo district right next door to The Geffen — hit two in one day if you’re feeling ambitious! The museum is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans and has been around since 1992.