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The Broad Museum

What I love about Los Angeles is that most of the museums are free! The Broad museum is a contemporary museum that was opened in September 2015 which offers free general admission. This museum is a new museum here in Los Angeles and is known for many artworks. The museum offers more than 2,000 works of art which consists of postwar and contemporary art worldwide and it has an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions.

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There is a gigantic wood dinning table on display and is very popular, so do not forget to take a picture of yourself with the table. You will feel like an ant compared to the size of the table. Definitely Instagram worthy picture!

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There is also a big metallic “balloon” dog, which brings back memories when clowns would make balloon dogs at parties and carnival. This is also an Instagram worthy picture!

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A must-see is the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room, which is a mirror-lined chamber housing a dazzling and endless LED light display. This room allows maximum of two people at a time for a minute and it does require a separate free timed same-day reservation. You may make reservations as soon as you enter the museums, since not all visitors are able to experience this room due to popularity. I recommend arriving at the museum early before they open so that it is a guarantee that you can experience the mirror room. Believe me, you will not regret the wait! It is very beautiful.

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The whole museum offers a lot of amazing pieces of work.

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The Broad is free. There are advance free general admission tickets offered, however, they are often booked. There is an on-site standby line at the museum everyday except Mondays, when the museum is closed. The museum hours varies on the day you go. It usually opens from 11am-8pm, but do check their website to get an exact time on when they are open.

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Parking is available at The Broad in the garage underneath the museum. The entrance is on 2nd Street between Hope Street and Grand Avenue. Parking for museum visitors with validation from The Broad is $12 for three hours on weekdays, with maximum of $22. Alternate parking is available at the California Plaza by Olive Street for $8 with validation from the museum. Please make sure you received the correct ticket, which is black and white. If it is incorrect, they will not validate. Another alternate parking is at other adjacent parking lots which are around Grand Avenue.

Photography is allowed as long as it is for personal use. Professional photography or photo shoots are not allowed. You are not allowed to touch the art and food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries. It is suggested to no bring large bags, purses or backpacks into the museum, if you do, you will be asked to carry it in front of you where it may be seen by staff and security. Single-wide standard strollers are permitted, but are not allowed on the escalators. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the museum and talking on your phone is limited to non-gallery spaces at the museum. Children of all ages are welcome to visit the museum, however, those under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Broad museum is a must-go museum in Los Angeles. It is free and has amazing artwork that you do not want to miss! You cannot deny something that is free. Sure, parking is not free, but it is worth it! Go explore Los Angeles and all that it offers. Go explore The Broad!

Location:  221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Whaley House: “Haunted House of San Diego”

The Whaley House is a world-famous historic house museum.

 

It has been said that a little girl was killed in the backyard when she ran into a clothesline, however, docents have said that there is no historic documentation nor any other evidence that it ever happened.

There were people hanged in the Whaley house yard though. There were public hangings on these trees before Mr. Whaley bought the property.

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Docents who work there have said that the most famous hanging on the property was of Yankee Jim in 1852. It is said that the property is haunted by Yankee Jim which was witnessed by Thomas Whaley. Violet Whaley committed suicide in 1885 and is said that her spirit haunts the house. Both Mr. and Mrs. Whaley are both believed to haunt the house as well as their daughter Violet.

 

There is no guarantee that you will see ghosts or experience something paranormal, but there have been some people who have seen and felt a presence. In the house, there is a binder full of photos and testimonies of paranormal experiences people have had during their self-tour of the Whaley House.

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The tickets are sold at the museum shop which is next to the Whaley House. All tours are self-guided and can last from 30minutes to 1 hour, depending on your pace. Be sure to take a lot of pictures with flash and take your time at each room. You never know if you may experience something.

Admission depends if you go during daytime or evening. They range from $8-$13.

They do offer private after hour tours which happens after 10pm, but you must go to their website for prices and more information about that.

Parking is easy to get to. There are 2 hour parking spaces available.

Have fun at the Whaley House and if you are lucky to experience something or capture something in your camera, please report it to the docents that work at Whaley House. They love to hear your experience and also a copy of the picture of paranormal evidence.

When I entered the Whaley House is experienced nauseous and dizziness. I also experienced some warmness and coldness randomly. I did not think of it as anything paranormal until the docents told me that those are signs of paranormal activity. I wasn’t scared, I was happy that I got to experience it at the Whaley House.

Share your paranormal stories of the Whaley House!

 

Location: 2476 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

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Marconi Automotive Museum

Attention car lovers and street racers, this is a hidden gem located in Orange County that has from classic cars to race cars from Mustang’s to Ferrari’s.

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Marconi automotive museum is not only a museum, but also a foundation for kids and also available as an event venue. This place is free, but $5 donation is strongly recommended. I gave $5 because the cars and motorcycles were incredible. Photos are allowed, however, you may not touch. If you use this place for a private event, they do allow a few cars to be touched and you can even take pictures with yourself inside the car. Imagine yourself seated in a Ferrari, unless you already have experienced that or own a Ferrari, then never mind. I was in awe when I saw how many cars there were inside this small museum. It may seem like a small place, but it sure does have its space.

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“The Marconi Automotive Museum is all about style, and class, with a touch of adrenaline.” The museum was purchased by founder, Dick Marconi and opened to the public in 1994. Initially the museum building was purchased to house Marconi’s open wheel race team. Later on, he moved his entire car collection in to the building and the Marconi Automotive Museum was born. They house a collection of high performance street cars and race cars, among which are Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s, American muscle cars, some of which are one of a kind. Additionally, there are many famous cars driven by famous drivers. A collection you won’t want to miss.

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Dick Marconi founded the Marconi Foundation for Kids because he is a big advocate for children. With his vision in mind they continue to raise money for children organizations such as Olive Crest, Drug Use is Life Abuse, and many many more. The Foundation consists of many things. The staff visit a variety of children’s charities in Orange County.  For them, it is very important to stay engaged with their mission “helping at-risk children in our local community”. So there you have it, the $5 donation goes to help charities and the community.

The only bummer about this place is that it is very popular for the usage for private parties and events. I suggest that before you head to the museum, please visit their website and see their museum tour hours and museum schedule.

http://marconimuseum.org/museum-hours-admission/

They are normally open Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm.

The address is 1302 Industrial Dr, Tustin, CA 92780.

*Do not forget to take out cash so you may make a donation and also please check their website given above to see if they are open to public.

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