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How to get free tickets to see the Broad Museum

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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We're only weeks away from the Broad's September 20 opening, and new info is finally starting to trickle out about Downtown's newest contemporary art museum.

You can begin reserving free tickets on Monday, August 31 at 10am. The timed tickets include slots on opening day, as well as dates through the end of the year. Typically you won't need a reservation—it's a massive, free museum, after all—but we highly suggest securing one if you plan on visiting during the first few weeks.

Once at the museum, make sure to grab a free ticket for Yayoi Kusama’s "Infinity Mirrored Room," a starfield-like chamber lined with mirrors and seemingly endless LED lights. The immersive work can only accommodate one visitor at a time for about 45 seconds; you can reserve a timed ticket once you arrive at the Broad.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013; wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water; 113 1/4 x 163 1/2 x 163 1/2 in. (287.66 x 415.29 x 415.29 cm); The Broad Art Foundation

The installation rounds out the museum's inaugural exhibition, a survey of over 40 years of contemporary art pulled straight from Eli and Edythe Broad's collection. You'll find more than 250 works from Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons and more.

The museum also announced its regular operating hours. It'll be closed on Mondays, but open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 8pm, Saturdays from 10am to 8pm and Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Those three 8pm closings are particularly exciting for a stretch of Grand Avenue that could use some more nighttime foot traffic.

We were able to check out the Broad back in February before any artwork was up, or even walls for that matter, so we're just as excited as you are to finally step into the completed institution.

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