Discover the Arts in Los Angeles

Home to nearly 3,000 professional arts organizations and institutions, Los Angeles is a world-class arts capital that ranks first in the western U.S. in the volume for domestic as well as overseas cultural visitors, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. From March 18 to April 26, 2013, more than 40 of Los Angeles cultural attractions are participating in Discover the Arts: History, Culture, Science and More. During the annual Discover the Arts program, participating institutions from L.A.’s world-class collection of museums and theatres are offering 2-for-1 admissions, discounted show tickets and store discounts. Take advantage of these incredible offers and discover some of the best art, music and performances in Los Angeles.

Here are just a few reasons why you should book your hotel now for a trip to experience LA's arts and culture during the Discover the Arts program.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

"Urban Light" at LACMA
"Urban Light" at LACMA

Home to masterpieces such as Flower Day and The Treachery of Images, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest encyclopedic art museum in the western United States, with 150,000 artworks spanning five continents and time periods from the prehistoric to the present day. For Discover the Arts, LACMA is offering 2-for-1 general admission from March 18 to April 26, limited to four tickets. Promo code: DISCOVERARTS13. Current exhibits at LACMA include:

  • Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ (on view through March 24, 2013) - features the 39 black and white photographs that make up the X, Y, and Z Portfolios created by the provocative artist.
  • Walter de Maria: The 2000 Sculpture (through April 1, 2013) - The 2000 Sculpture is one of a series of works by De Maria featuring groupings of ordered elements using precise measurements.
  • Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum (through June 2, 2013) - ten masterpieces of early Ming dynasty court painting executed in the 15th and early 16th centuries in the Forbidden City.
  • Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation (on view through August 4, 2013) - selection of works that draws on the strengths of both collections to reflect directions in contemporary art that emerged in the 1980s.
  • Discover the Arts promotion excludes admission to the specially ticketed exhibition Stanley Kubrick.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is offering 2-for-1 General Admission for Discover the Arts from March 18 to April 26 with promo code: Discover The Arts 2013. From April 21 to August 19, 2013, MOCA presents the first comprehensive museum retrospective of works by the internationally acclaimed Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer, one of today’s most important contemporary artists. Fischer is known for using a range of media to express the transience of art and the human condition. Jessica Morgan, renowned curator from the Tate Modern in London, is curating the exhibition that will occupy a total of 65,000 square feet at both MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.

Hammer Museum

Llyn Foulkes plays his Machine | Photo by Daniel Djang

From February 3rd to May 19th, the Hammer Museum in Westwood presents an extensive career retrospective devoted to the work of the groundbreaking painter and musician Llyn Foulkes. One of the most influential yet under recognized artists of his generation, Foulkes makes work that stands out for its raw, immediate, and unfiltered qualities. The exhibition features approximately 150 artworks from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe, some of which have not been seen for decades. The retrospective will also feature a video of Foulkes playing his Machine, a one-man instrument consisting of horns, bass, organ pipes, percussion and more. From March 18 to April 26, experience the Foulkes exhibit with 2-for-1 admission to the Hammer Museum.

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Artist Rachel Bernstein installs her piece for Social Fabric | Photo courtesy of CAFAM, Facebook

Located on famed Museum Row in the Miracle Mile district, the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) champions cultural understanding by encouraging curiosity about our diverse world through the universal lens of art. CAFAM is offering 2-for-1 admission for Discover the Arts from March 18 through April 26. Two exhibits are now on view at CAFAM through May 5, 2013: Social Fabric and Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture. Social Fabric is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who confront the problems of mass production and consumption through fiber-based art that incorporates social engagement and public interaction. Scratching the Surface features the works of nine contemporary artists whose unique sculptural forms capitalize on the naturally occurring textures and irregularities of wood.

Geffen Playhouse

Founded by theater, film and television luminary Gil Cates, the Geffen Playhouse has been an integral part of the Los Angeles theatre scene since opening its doors in 1995. The Geffen Playhouse is named in honor of entertainment mogul and philanthropist David Geffen, who made the initial donation to the theatre. For Discover the Arts, the Geffen Playhouse is offering 2-for-1 tickets to Neil LaBute's world premiere adaptation of Miss Julie, August Strindberg’s classic drama about sex, greed and manipulation. Promo code: DISCOVER. Minimum of 2 tickets per order. Valid for preview performances through April 30 or while supplies last.

Museum of Latin American Art

BEYI (Sacred Twins) | Photo courtesy of MOLAA

Located in Long Beach and serving the greater Los Angeles area, the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is the only museum in the country that’s exclusively dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. MOLAA is offering 2-for-1 admission and 10% off purchases in the Museum Store from March 18 to April 26. New exhibitions are currently on view in the Temporary Exhibition Galleries from February 10 to May 26, 2013. Intersections presents a selection of works of art from MOLAA’s Collection that connect to one another and generate dialogs between the past and the present in Latin American art. Mixtape, an exhibition comprised primarily of works on paper from MOLAA’s Collection, focuses on the tradition of drawing in modern and contemporary Latin American art. The Voyeur presents a selection of nudes and erotic art from MOLAA’s Collection. ¡Lotería!: Highlights from the Permanent Collection is on view in the Permanent Collection Gallery through June 16th. Based on the popular Mexican card game, ¡Lotería! features objects from MOLAA’s Permanent Collection inspired by their corresponding cards in the Lotería deck.

Hollywood Museum

Located steps from the Walk of Fame in the historic Max Factor Building, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic show business treasures from favorite stars and 100 years of Hollywood history. For Discover the Arts, the Hollywood Museum is offering Buy One Admission, Get One Free cards. Promo code: LAT13. Now on view through April 28th, Loretta Young: Celebrating 100 Years of Glamour and Grace is a vibrant exhibition that spotlights the legendary movie star and fashion icon of the 20th Century, the first actress to win both an Academy Award and an Emmy Award. See Loretta Young's costumes and memorabilia with 2-for-1 admission to the Hollywood Museum from March 18 to April 26.

Zimmer Children's Museum

The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row, featuring hands-on exhibits for children to explore big ideas in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. fFrom March 18 to April 26, the Zimmer is offering one free child admission with adult admission. From April 14 to April 20, 2013, the Zimmer Children’s Museum celebrates Week of the Young Child. Join the Zimmer all week for arts & crafts, storytime and more, as the museum participates with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in celebration of the wonderful diversity of each and every child.



The Getty Center

Photo courtesy of Albert Valles, Flickr

From April - July 2013, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. showcases the city's modern architectural heritage. During the Pacific Standard Time initiative, the Getty Center in Brentwood presents Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990. The exhibit explores the city's rapid postwar evolution into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic and creative capitals in the world. The J. Paul Getty Museum is also presenting In Focus: Ed Ruscha, showcasing Ruscha’s interaction with L.A.’s vernacular architecture, urban landscape and car culture.  As part of Discover the Arts, the Getty Center is offering a 20 percent discount at the Museum Store from March 18 to April 26.

Aquarium of the Pacific

Photo courtesy of JKG II, Flickr

Touch sharks, feed lorikeet birds, and discover more than 11,000 animals from the world's largest ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Don’t miss the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Receive $4 off Adult Admission and $2 off Child Admission. Promo code: P-WFW4. Limit four discounts. Not applicable with any other offers, including online offers or pre-purchased tickets. Please note the Aquarium is closed April 19-21, 2013.

California African American Museum

Photo courtesy of Albert Valles, Flickr

Located in historic Exposition Park in Downtown, the California African American Museum (CAAM) exists to research, collect, preserve and interpret for public enrichment, the history, art and culture of African Americans. From March 18 to April 26, CAAM is offering 20% off Family Level membership, which provides additional merchandise discounts. Promo code: WELCOME2CAAM. Current exhibits include: Go Tell It On the Mountain (through April 7, 2013); African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War (through April 14, 2013); and Coloring America: Selections from the California African American Museum's Permanent History Collection (through March 24, 2013).

The Huntington Library

Maurice Merlin, Cityscape (after 1942). Watercolor, 22 × 16 in. Merlin Family Collection. | Image courtesy of The Huntington Library

Founded in 1919, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is world renowned as a cultural, research and educational center. The Library’s treasures include a complete vellum copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, a double-elephant folio edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and rare early editions of William Shakespeare’s works. For Discover the Arts, the Huntington Library is offering $2.00 off Adult Admission, up to four passes, from March 18 to April 26. Promo code: LAARTS13. Now on view through April 15, 2013, Maurice Merlin and the American Scene, 1930–1947 collects approximately 30 paintings, watercolors, and prints by the Depression-era artist, as well as nine works by others in his circle. Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch is a special exhibit in the West Hall of the Library, timed to correspond with the centennial year of the city of San Marino. Cultivating California is on view February 16th through May 13th.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Photo courtesy of Josh Daws 

Perched atop a hill in Simi Valley, the 153,000 square-foot Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum features permanent exhibits such as the actual Air Force One that flew Ronald Reagan and six other presidents, a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office, and a large piece of the Berlin Wall. Discover the Arts is offering $5 off admission to the Reagan Library from March 18 to April 26. The largest-ever exhibition of Walt Disney props, costumes and artwork is now open through April 30, 2013 at the Reagan Library. Presented by D23, the official Disney Fan Club, Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives features more than 500 artifacts spanning nine decades of Disney history, displayed throughout 12,000 square-feet of exhibit space. Almost half of the pieces have never been seen by the general public.

Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

Medeski Martin & Wood | Photo courtesy of CAP UCLA

Formerly known as UCLA Live, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines — dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well the emerging digital, collaborative and cross-art platforms inspired by today's leading artists and creators. For Discover the Arts, CAP UCLA is offering 25% off tickets to select shows. Promo code: LAARTS. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other offers. The following shows at Royce Hall are available for the discount:    

  • April 5: Trisha Brown Dance Retrospective Program A - includes the choreographer’s most recent work, I am going to toss my arms – if you catch them they’re yours; the celebrated Set And Reset; and Foray Forêt, a collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg.
  • April 7: Trisha Brown Dance Retrospective Program B - features the operatic Les Yeux et l’ame, the seminal Newark; and the intimate Spanish Dance.
  • April 17: Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish: A Hal Willner Project - Kaddish is legendary music producer Hal Willner’s live staging of the Allen Ginsberg poem of the same name.
  • April 26: Medeski Martin & Wood: Acoustic and Electric - the avant-groove jazz trio is cherished for its extended improvisatory explorations. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Walt Disney Concert Hall at night
Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo courtesy of Candice Montgomery, Flickr

Discover the Arts gives classical music fans the chance to see the world famous Los Angeles Philharmonic at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown. The LA Phil is offering 20% off select concerts and sections for Discover the Arts. Promo code: ARTSLA. Offer available for the following concerts, additional restrictions may apply.

  • April 5: Robertson Conducts Mackey and Mussorgsky - The husband-and-wife team of Robertson and Shaham in a powerful new piano concerto.
  • April 9: Chamber Music: Shostakovich, Martinu, Mendelssohn - Chamber music surrealism and the wartime Quintet that Shostakovich often performed himself.
  • April 13: Josefowicz Plays Stravinsky - Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads new music by Enno Poppe, a sensation on Europe’s festival circuit.

The Music Center

Artistic Director Robert Battle and the Company | Photo by Andrew Eccles, courtesy of Alvin Ailey, Facebook

Receive 20% off select seats to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, performing April 17-21, 2013 at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Discount is valid for Main Orchestra, Rear Orchestra and Front Loge sections on April 18th and April 20th, at 2 p.m. performances only. Expires April 17th. A staple at the Music Center since 1998, Ailey returns to Los Angeles for the first time under the leadership of its new artistic director, Robert Battle. A homage to traditional modern dance techniques blended with the new, the Ailey company will perform three different programs of mixed repertory with classic Ailey works and contemporary masterworks of our time. Each program will culminate with Alvin Ailey's own timeless masterpiece, Revelations.

NoHo Arts District

El Portal Theatre
El Portal Theatre | Photo courtesy of Michael Locke, Flickr

The North Hollywood (NoHo) Arts District is home to dozens of theatres, dance studios, art galleries, music venues, international dining and boutique shopping. For Discover the Arts, 55 NoHo theatres and businesses are offering discounts up to 50% off.