DTLA Arts & Culture – A List of World Class Museum’s Near WREN
It probably goes without saying that the DTLA arts and culture scene is truly something to be admired. Los Angeles boasts a reputation as a vibrant, creative, diverse, and thriving city, and it has long attracted scores of talented artists, enthusiastic historians, and expert and novice art lovers from all over the world. It makes for an incredible museum experience unlike any other. Since WREN’s South Park luxury apartments are in the heart of downtown, some of the nation’s most celebrated museums just happen to be right around the corner from us. Consequently, we were able to compile a list of the top museums you must visit while you’re in LA!
When you talk about DTLA arts and culture, you absolutely must discuss The Broad. Since its opening approximately two years ago, over a million visitors have descended upon its massive gallery space. The Broad’s architecturally stunning 120,000-square-foot building showcases artists at the forefront of contemporary art and holds a nearly 2,000-piece art collection (with additional rotating exhibits). And, it’s all free!
From A+D’s Facebook
Just a couple miles from our DTLA apartments is the Downtown Arts District and one-of-a-kind A+D Museum. No other museum in Los Angeles celebrates the fascinating and essential art of progressive architecture and design. Since 2001, the Museum has been entertaining and educating designers and non-designers alike through captivating exhibits, projects, lectures, conferences, and public outreach. It’s definitely become a staple of the DTLA arts and culture community.
California Science Center
*image from California Science Center’s Facebook page
Science centers are loads of fun for the whole family and one of the best is conveniently located in DTLA. The California Science Center occupies a 400,000-square-foot facility and is known as the largest hands-on center of its kind on the West Coast. No matter when you decide to visit, there is an awesome array of activities including interactive and static exhibitions, IMAX screenings, educational programs, and live demonstrations. Special exhibit tickets range in price but admission into permanent galleries is free.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles is a vital contributor to the DTLA arts and culture scene. This historical monument pays tribute to the birthplace of LA. Nearly 240 years ago, immigrants of Native American, European, and African descent traveled from what is currently northern Mexico to the area we know today as Los Angeles. Every year, more than two million people visit the 44-acre park that’s inclusive of museums and other attractions related to the area’s rich and intriguing history.
*Image from FIDM’s Facebook
The fashion industry in downtown Los Angeles rivals that of New York and other heavy hitters. For this reason, it’s no wonder that DTLA has a fantastic museum memorializing the artists who have helped shape our culture through clothing and accessory design. The FIDM Museum offers up a comprehensive and impressive display of developments in the fashion world. You’ll see everything from sketches and photography to handbags, hats, costumes, and gowns.
*image from The Grammy Museum’s Facebook
For many people, the lifeblood of DTLA arts and culture is music. For almost 60 years, Los Angeles has been home to the world-famous Grammy Awards. Through permanent and temporary exhibits, the Grammy Museum honors influential musicians and seeks to raise awareness about the importance of music in society. (As an added bonus for us and our residents, the Grammy Museum is located in the L.A. LIVE District which is just a few blocks from WREN’s luxury apartments in South Park.)
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Yes, contemporary art is making another appearance on the list. We couldn’t leave you without mentioning MOCA. It’s touted as the “only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles”. Here, visitors enjoy thousands of pieces showcasing groundbreaking American and European art created after the 1940s. MOCA has three separate LA locations but we have an affinity for the Grand Avenue branch located about 1.5 miles from us.
At WREN, we’re thrilled to be in the epicenter of DTLA arts and culture. It helps us nurture an optimal apartment living experience.
When our residents aren’t out exploring all that downtown Los Angeles has to offer, they’re able to retreat to a community completely centered on them. We feature two signature buildings, roomy apartment homes, covetable amenities and social spaces, and a contemporary yet warm aesthetic throughout. We make it easy to work, create, entertain, relax, and connect with friends and neighbors — all in the comfort of home. Basically, every aspect of WREN is designed to foster a balanced lifestyle.