A TRIP TO THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

 

The Skirball Cultural Center, have you been?

Wait, before you answer that I think I should make one thing clear. The Skirball is NOT the Getty Museum. I repeat, the Skirball is not the Getty Museum.

Not sure why this is a common misconception in LA, possibly because of their close proximity just off the 405, but these two institutions could not be more different.

Okay, so now you can answer. Have you been??

If you’ve visited the Skirball than congratulations! You’re already aware of just how wonderful the center is. If you’re one of the many who has yet to visit, let me tell you why you should. Especially if you have a family.

THE SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER

As its name suggests, the Skirball is less of a museum and more of a center. Devoted to sustaining the “Jewish Heritage and American democratic ideals,” the Skirball incorporates exhibitions, films, concerts, and even classes all under one roof.  While there are two permanent exhibitions, the Skirball is always changing. Whether you go for the museum aspect or for a concert, there is always something new to see.

What you can always guarantee on viewing, at least for the foreseeable future, is the cultural center’s permanent collection; the Vision and Values exhibit which tracks Jewish life from Antiquity to America and the Noah’s Ark exhibit. The latter of the two is easily the biggest draw to the center, especially for families.

While the Vision and Values is a great opportunity to learn more about the Jewish culture, the Noah’s Ark exhibit is going to be the biggest hit for the kiddos.

With a floor to ceiling wooden Ark, kids get to run, swing and play amongst the wooden animals in a totally interactive exhibit. Children learn how the story of the Ark spans different cultures while encouraged to “recreate” the biblical storm by playing with the “construct a storm wall.”

Even with admittance to the Ark exhibit included in the entrance fee, $12 for adults and $7 for children 2-12, the exhibit is a timed ticket event. So reserve your tickets in advance! There are same day walk-in time slots available but are issued on a first-come, first served basis. But since it is one of the most popular exhibits at the Skirball, I highly suggest you do book in advance and don’t leave it to chance! Your kids will really appreciate it.

THE JIM HENSON EXHIBITION: IMAGINATION UNLIMITED

On our last visit to the Skirball Cultural Center, it just so happened to coincide with the Jim Henson Exhibition: Imaginiation Unlimited.

Now, I am a pretty big fan of Mr. Henson. I grew up watching Fraggle Rock, the Dark Crystal, and the Labyrinth so being able to see all the props and puppets Jim Henson used to create his magic was VERY exciting.

The exhibition, which was on display June 1- September 2, 2018, showcased all the usual characters; Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear, Beaker and Bunsen, and the even the Count! While you learned how Jim Henson got started and the different shows that shot his muppets to stardom, interactive spots were dotted along the way for the younger viewers. One such spot allowed you to create and film your own puppet while another allowed for you to pose alongside muppet cutouts.

Even though the exhibit chronicled Henson’s more famous movies and series, I was a little disappointed they left so many out. The exhibition had the potential to be massive, considering all the work Henson has done, yet it was quite small. I would have loved to see more puppets and props, especially from the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, but they only had a handful from each movie. Regardless of me wanting more, the exhibition did an amazing job at highlighting Jim Henson’s work and I’m so glad I was able to experience it.

INFO WHEN VISITING THE SKIRBALL

If and when you decide to visit the Skirball Cultural Center, here is some useful information you can use when planning your visit:

Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays
Last entry to Noah’s Ark is at 4:00 p.m.
Last entry to other Museum galleries is at 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Info: 

All exhibitions, including Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, are included with Museum admission. Fees are as follows:

$12 General
$9 Seniors (65 and up), Full-Time Students with ID, and Children over 12
$7 Children 2–12
FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2
**FREE to all on Thursdays**

Like most museums, the Skirball is busiest on the weekends and can be even more crowded depending on events, so if you plan on taking the little ones to see Noah’s Ark reserve your timed-ticket entry in advance!

Dining:

Zeidler’s Café:

Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays
Café reservations recommended: (310) 440-4515

Zeidler’s Cart:

Tuesday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sundays, 11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

Parking:

FREE!

There you have it.

Everything you need to know about our trip to the Skirball plus everything you need to plan your own trip!

So…when are you going?? Leave a comment below telling me about your experience at the Skirball or if you plan on taking the family soon!

Oh, and don’t forget to read my latest post!

 

 

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