1. You’ll need a reservation to visit.
We’ll start with the real basics: You’ll need a timed ticket to visit, and those run $25 for adults (and admission is free for those 17 and under). Special exhibitions (at opening, that’s the Hayao Miyazaki retrospective) are included in the cost. So far, weekends have tended to book up completely, but weekdays look wide open (including after-work slots on Fridays, when the museum is open until 8pm).
You don’t need a ticket if you just want to pop into the gift shop or explore the lobby’s free Spielberg Family Gallery—but that small space of TVs playing some classic film clips isn’t really worth the trip alone.
Also, just a heads up that you’ll currently be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to your visit.