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The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a museum dedicated to all things film, particularly the industry's history. The Academy Museum is one of LA’s newest and most-anticipated additions. I will admit I was surprised it took nearly 100 years of the Academy’s existence for a museum to be created, but now that it’s here, LA locals and tourists alike may find themselves wondering if this museum is worth their time and money.
I recently visited the Academy Museum in Los Angeles for the first time. In this review, I’ll give my honest thoughts about the museum, what it has to offer, and what to know when planning your visit.
Are Los Angeles museums open?
Yes, Los Angeles museums are open. The covid pandemic caused many tourist spots to close or enforce strict mask and/or vaccine requirements. The Academy Museum opened in September 2021. During my February 2022 visit, guests were required to show proof of vaccination, ID, and wear their masks while inside. California has recently relaxed its mask requirements, with Los Angeles County following suit soon after. However, masks and vaccination proof will likely still be required for a while.
My best advice if you plan to visit the Academy Museum in Los Angeles is to bring your vaccine card, ID, and prepare to wear a mask inside. If you don’t plan for this and the museum requires these items, you could be out of luck and miss out on seeing the exhibits.
What’s in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures collection?
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures collection features some impressive exhibits, including Oscar statues and ceremony dresses, a Spike Lee tribute, costumes and characters from movies, film scripts, animation drawings, a Wizard of Oz section, and more.
The Oscars section includes statues won by Clark Gable, Sidney Poitier, and more. They also feature some famous dresses worn by the likes of Cher and Rita Moreno.
The tribute to Spike Lee focuses on the iconic director’s achievements, as well as his impressive poster collection. Spike has movie posters signed by many of the directors themselves. For example, he’s got a Jurassic Park poster signed by Steven Spielberg himself.
The costumes from famous films include a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, Emma Stone’s yellow dress from LA LA Land, Russel Crowe’s Gladiator ensemble, and Brad Pitt’s wardrobe from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I’m always amazed at how small actors seem when you see the clothes they wear in-person. In addition, there’s an exhibit dedicated to characters from Sci-Fi movies. Among the characters are E.T., C-3PO, and R2-D2, just to name a few.
Early film scripts and animation drawings are among the famous movie memorabilia. Perhaps most impressive, though, is the museum’s Wizard of Oz exhibit. Movie fans can see up close and in-person Dorothy’s ruby slippers, blue dress, the Wicked Witch’s hat, and lots more.
What is the Oscars Experience at the Academy Museum?
The Oscars Experience at the Academy Museum is an immersive exhibit in which you can experience what it’s like to accept an Oscar. Participants will get to hear their named called and accept their award, with a video recording included. The Oscars Experience is an extra fee, though, in addition to the general admission ticket.
My fiancé and I did not do the Oscars Experience. However, if this museum is at the top of your Los Angeles bucket list, I would say spending the extra money might be worth it. After all, when else can you get this opportunity aside from actually winning an Academy Award?
Is the Academy Museum worth visiting?
Yes, I think the Academy Museum is worth visiting. They have an impressive collection of some of the most famous Hollywood memorabilia of all time, right in the heart of where movies are made. If you love the movies - especially the history of film - I think this museum deserves a visit.
How much is the Academy Museum?
The prices for Academy Museum tickets are listed below.
Seniors Age 62 and older: $19
College Students: $15
Kids 17 and younger: Free
Museum members: Free
How much does the Oscars Experience cost?
The Oscars Experience is an additional $15. You must purchase a general admission ticket as well.
How long does it take to visit the Academy Museum?
You only need a half-day at most to visit the Academy Museum. We spent a total of about two hours there, but I think if you do the Oscars Experience, you may spend closer to three hours.
Academy Museum Parking
The Academy Museum is adjacent to the LACMA building. While there is parking available at the LACMA garage, prices can be expensive. My best advice would be to try and find a meter, open street parking, or take public transportation if you want to save money.
Academy Museum Hours
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 8pm
If you’re wondering how to spend Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids for 2022, I’ll share some unique date ideas. From budget-friendly to creative to romantic, Grand Rapids has plenty to offer. Most of these date spots can work for newer couples and long-term relationships, so pick what sounds most appealing to you and your significant other. It’s no secret that Michigan is cold this time of year, but that also doesn’t mean Grand Rapids date ideas for winter have to be boring. Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, so you can choose to celebrate the weekend before or on the day itself depending on your schedule. Keep reading to find your perfect Valentine’s Day ideas.
What is there to do on Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids, MI?
The best things to do on Valentine's Day in Grand Rapids, MI are listed below.
1. Downtown Staycation
A downtown staycation is a great way to celebrate your love for each other and GR. Be a tourist for a day by booking a hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. This one is especially great for those who rarely spend time downtown and want to get reacquainted with all the new things happening around town. Who says you have to hop on a plane or take a road trip to feel like a traveler? New hotels have popped up downtown in recent years so you have more choices to pick from. Gone are the days of the Amway being the only option. The key is to make the most of your time. Booking a couples massage at the hotel’s spa. Get drinks at the hotel bar or a local one nearby the hotel. Grab dinner at a downtown restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. The sky’s the limit!
2. Ice Skating
Ice skating on Valentine’s Day is both cute and romantic. It’s also a good icebreaker (pun intended) for those who are newly dating. Walker Ice and Fitness will host a public skate during the afternoon on the weekend before Valentine’s Day and the day itself, making this a great daytime date idea. After ice skating, head to a local cafe to warm up with some hot chocolate. Ice skating is also a cheap date spot, so if your budget is tight, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank with this one.
3. Grand Rapids Art Museum
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is perfect for those who have a more creative side and want to do something other than the dinner-and-drinks date. Going to a museum is a great way to spark conversation, especially if your newly dating. Plus, the museum is in the heart of downtown GR, so you have your pick of restaurants and bars if you want to continue the date afterward. Just be sure to check the museum’s hours before planning your date!
4. World of Winter Festival
The World of Winter Festival in Grand Rapids is happening now through March 6, making it a great date choice. Make a list of the outdoor art installations you want to see or pick one of the special festival events to partake in. Once you’re done catching your favorite art pieces, head indoors to warm up with some hot cocoa.
5. Dressed Up Dinner & Drinks
Of course, the dinner and drinks date is a classic for good reason. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and make it extra special. Tell your date that you want both of you to dress up. I mean, considering the past two years, any excuse to dress up for a night on the town sound fun right? Now, that doesn’t mean you have to go to the most expensive and romantic Grand Rapids restaurant - thought that’s certainly your choice too. Rather, it’s about the spirit of dressing up and having a fun night out. Pick a type of food you guys haven’t tried before or a great new local spot.
Romantic date ideas in Los Angeles don’t always have to break the bank. In fact, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to get creative and organize a meaningful date that’s either free or minimal cost. If you’re living on a budget, a cheap date spot can be just as special as putting down hundreds of dollars. I’ll show you some budget-friendly ways to spend Valentine’s Day 2022 in Los Angeles.
The best free date ideas for LA:
Take a sunset walk at the Griffith Observatory in the heart of Hollywood. The observatory is one of LA’s most iconic landmarks, perhaps most famously seen in movies like Rebel Without a Cause and LA LA Land. Be sure to dress warm though; LA weather in February gets chilly at night.
A beach picnic gets you good food and beautiful views. You can either prepare food before and bring it with you or grab takeout on your way to the beach. The great thing about LA is that there are plenty of beaches to visit. Just pick your favorite and take your sweetheart there.
Cook Together at Home
Cooking together at home is a great way to save money and have bonding time. Neither of you has to be the next Wolfgang Puck; All you need is a fun recipe both of you will enjoy preparing together. If it’s a first date, going to someone’s home probably isn’t the best idea. In this case, consider signing up for a one-time cooking class you two can do.
A scenic hike is a fun date idea that’s also active. It’s no secret that folks in LA love to hike (myself included). Rather than going to the usual Runyon Canyon, opt for a hike with ocean views in the Malibu or Palos Verdes areas.
About the author
Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer and comedian who has been featured on Amazon, truTV, The New York Times, Matador Network, BUST Magazine, Sleep Advisor, Tiplr, ARTRPRNR Magazine, YourTango, Thought Catalog, GoMad Nomad, Mashable, The Daily Mail UK, the Cannes Film Festival, LaughFest, Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and the Funny Women Festival LA. For more info visit: http://www.jillzwarensteyn.weebly.com