Los Angeles is for Art Lovers: Charter a Bus to L.A.’s Art Museums

When you think of Los Angeles, your mind may jump to movie stars, Hollywood Boulevard, and sunny beaches—but don’t overlook the city’s fast-growing and experimental art scene. There’s truly no better time to make plans to visit the institutions that are shaping and defining Los Angeles’ mark on the American art world! Call 310-295-9547 to speak with a reservation agent and get your trip started.

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Group Visitor Guide to L.A. Art Museums

While planning a group visit to any one of LA’s art museums—for maybe a field trip, a team building event, or wedding reception—consider using a charter bus rental to get there. We’ll help you beat the traffic, forego the stress of parking, and focus on exploring the art and artists working to define the heart of this city. 

L.A. is quickly gaining fame as a hub for exploring fine art museums, especially those with a contemporary focus. Los Angeles’ contributions to contemporary art showcase the city’s progressive spirit and set it up against rivals like New York City and Chicago as a center for powerful cultural influence.

Though while the art scene here has a notable emphasis on experimental, contemporary art, it truly has something for every art lover. From Claude Monet to Andy Warhol, self-portraits to selfies, every taste will be satisfied during a visit to an L.A. Art Museum—so why not make the trip there just as tasteful? While planning a group trip, consider the appeal of your transportation just as much as the destination.

At Champion Charter Bus, we’ll find a charter bus befitting even the most discerning group of museum-goers. Whether it’s a full-size motorcoach or a compact 18-passenger minibus, we can find you the bus you need to cruise through L.A. in style. Choose from amenities like reclining seats, air-conditioning, WiFi, and power outlets to keep guests happy throughout the journey. You’ll also be paired with a skilled, professional driver who will ensure your trip is a safe and timely one.

10 Los Angeles Museums For Art Lovers

There are hundreds of museums and art galleries within Los Angeles County alone, not to mention the multiple institutions on the city outskirts and temporary pop-up museums filling downtown spaces. For your convenience, we narrowed down the list to 10 must-see museums, each one a venerable staple of the city’s art scene.

The Getty Center

Group Rate: Free, but there is a parking fee for high-capacity vehicles.

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

For art lovers who: like dramatic architecture and hilltop views of downtown L.A.

The Getty Center is a world-famous sprawling art complex in Malibu best known for showing early European art and a garden view of the Los Angeles skyline. Admission is free, as are the tours they offer. The one-hour Collection Highlights Tour guides you through the major works on display, including works by Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt Harmensz.

As you make plans, you’ll need to schedule a reservation for your group by submitting a group reservation form or calling (310) 440-7300. A group reservation will ensure parking for your charter bus rental and give you the option to arrange a garden or architecture tour. Be mindful that there will be a parking fee: $80 for a minibus and $185 for a 30-or-more-passenger motorcoach.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Group Rate: Free

Address: MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles

For art lovers who: like to challenge their perspective on art.

Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art prides itself on being the only artist-founded museum in L.A. Its impressive permanent collection includes about 7,000 contemporary artworks, all made after 1940. A true highlight is Jackson Pollock’s Number 1, 1949, a beautiful example of abstract expressionism and of Pollock’s characteristic style of drip painting.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. You can book a group visit using the MOCA’s Group Visit & Tour Request form. Your charter bus driver can drop you off and pick you up in front of the museum. When it comes to parking, the MOCA doesn’t offer anything on site, but there are lots in the surrounding area. Call around to find a space at a good price point.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Group Rate: Available upon inquiry.

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

For art lovers who: marvel at overwhelmingly large sculptures and public art.

The LACMA, as it’s known, is the largest art museum in the western United States. The museum has five buildings holding more than 142,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of art. It’s very well known for its collection of large-scale public art installations and sculptures, some sprawling in outdoor gardens, some filling three stories of indoor space. Urban Light is a stunning outdoor installation of restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, most of which once lit the streets of Southern California. It’s one of the LACMA’s most recognized works.

Reserve admission for groups of 10 or more to receive a special group rate and not wait in line. Call 323-857-6010 or email groupsales@lacma.org to request a reservation. Note that anyone under 17 is free and doesn’t need to be included in your count! When you arrive, your group can be dropped off and picked up in front of the LACMA’s main entrance. Bus parking is available on Curson or Sixth Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

Museum of Selfies

Group Rate: Contact for group rates. (General admission is $25)

Address: 6757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

For art lovers who: like to fill their Instagram feed.

If you’re looking for an immersive art experience, bring your group to the Museum of Selfies in Hollywood! Walking from room to room, you’ll find yourself in the middle of fantastical art installations designed just for your next selfie sesh. You can snag a photo of yourself bathing in a tub filled with gold coins, diving into a pit of bright yellow emoji stress balls, or seated upon the Selfie Stick Iron Throne. #NoFilterNeeded. General admission for adults is $25, but for information about group rates, email info@museumofselfies.com.

The Broad Contemporary Art Museum

Group Rate: Free

Address: 221 S. Grand St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For art lovers who: like to see how weirdness evolved through history.

The Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) is a vast collection of contemporary art founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. This museum is home to more than 2,000 works—one of the world’s most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art. You’ll see modern classics by renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and Barbara Kruger, among others.

While general admission is free, tickets are limited by date and time of day. Only 9 tickets can be booked per transaction, so if you have 10 or more folks you’ll need to book tickets through multiple transactions. Special exhibitions will cost a little extra, and audio tour guides are $6 a pop. However, for $10 per person, you can make a reservation and enjoy expedited check-in. If you want a guided group tour, you can reserve one for $25 per person for 10 or more people. For groups of 60+, the BCAM offers a private after-hours experience.

When you arrive, your charter bus driver can drop your group off in front of the museum on Grand Avenue. As for parking, the BCAM doesn’t have space available for vehicles of 7’2’’. However, there are multiple parking lots surrounding the museum you can call to reserve a spot.

Hammer Museum

Group Rate: Free

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

For art lovers who: love carefully curated collections.

The Hammer Museum is named for the museum’s founder, Armand Hammer, a prominent American business owner and art collector in the 1960s and 70s. He founded the museum to house his small but distinguished collection, which features works from Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, and John Singer Sargent, to name a few. It’s a wholly unique and carefully curated exhibition bolstered by more than 300 art programs a year—from lectures and readings to concerts and film screenings—all free of charge.

Appointments are required for all group visits of 10 or more. You’ll need to submit a request at least 3 weeks in advance of your preferred tour date. You can opt for a self-guided visit and explore at your own pace or enjoy two types of guided tours: (1) a 60-minute walkthrough of the highlights and key works in a selected exhibition or the permanent collection, or (2) the “20/20” tour, consisting of a 20-minute gallery talk followed by 20+ minutes of self-guided viewing while a Student Educator stands by for questions and discussion.

The Annenberg Space for Photography

Group Rate: Free

Address: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

For art lovers who: own an analog camera.

Head to The Annenberg Space for Photography to catch a glimpse into the world as today’s most talented photographers know it. The Annenberg is the first institution in Los Angeles solely dedicated to photography, and it holds its roster of rotating exhibitions to a high standard. Go here to see work by established and emerging artists with work seen in publications like National Geographic, Time Magazine and Vanity Fair.

While admission is free, the museum requests groups of 20 or more make a reservation through the group request form or by emailing tours@annenbergspaceforphotography.org. Both guided and self-guided tours are available at no additional cost.

Norton Simon Museum

Group Rate: None. General admission is $15.

Address: 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

For art lovers who: can’t get enough South Asian and Southeast Asian art.

Founded in 1922, the Norton Simon Museum boasts the private collection of (you guessed it!) Norton Simon, an American industrialist with a taste for European and Asian artwork. The collection of European painting and sculpture includes impressive works by Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet—among many other renowned artists—but don’t leave without a spin through the collection of South and Southeast Asian art. You’ll see beautifully preserved thangkas, or Buddhist paintings on cloth, from Tibet and Nepal, and some Japanese woodblock prints on display were formerly included in architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s collection.

For groups of 15 or more, the museum requests you call 626-844-6980 at least three weeks in advance. Buses aren’t permitted to unload passengers or park in the museum’s parking lot, so you’ll need to arrange to be dropped off on Colorado Boulevard, adjacent to the museum. Your charter bus rental can be parked where city signs permit on Colorado Boulevard or Walnut Street.

Museum of Neon Art (MONA)

Group Rate: $10 (a minimum of 10 admissions must be paid up-front if requesting a docent)

Address: 216 S. Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

For art lovers who: like bright lights and big cities.

The Museum of Neon Art is the only institution in the world devoted to electric and kinetic art. Aside from a rotating program of exhibitions, it also features a one-of-a-kind permanent collection that includes the original Grauman’s Chinese Theatre dancing, glowing dragon and a refurbished 1930s Brown Derby double-sided sign. They also sponsor a narrated, nighttime double-decker bus tour through Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood to see the neighborhoods’ many neon signs, movie marquees and public neon art.

Groups of 10 or more visiting the museum can request a guided tour at least 2 weeks prior to your visit. You have to pay a minimum of 10 admissions in one lump sum in advance of the visit, and the balance must be paid prior to your tour. If you’re a school group with a maximum of 20 students, you can call a month in advance to have special arrangements made for your visit.

You can also host an electrifying party or event here! Contact the museum or fill out a special event rental application if you want to rent the facility for a private event like a wedding, birthday party or corporate gathering.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Group Rate: $19-$23 for groups of 15+

Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 99108

For art lovers who: get excited about first edition manuscripts of world literature.

The Huntington is home to three distinguished collections amassed by railroad tycoon Henry Huntington and his wife, Arabella Huntington. There’s a tremendous amount to see and explore here. The Huntington Library is where you’ll find incredibly rare manuscripts and first editions of world literature, including the first folio print of 36 of William Shakespeare’s plays. The Huntington Art Gallery, the former home of the Huntingtons, is now the home of 1,200 pieces of historical European art—and outside, it features sprawling and lively botanical gardens. The roughly 120 acres feature 16 themed gardens, including one of the largest collections of cacti and succulents in the world in the Desert Garden.

For groups of 15 or more, your admission will be $19 per person on weekdays and $23 per person on weekends. Call (626) 405-2240 one month before your visit to make reservations for your arrival by charter bus. All buses must use a specified route for entering The Huntington grounds, and you’ll receive special directions when you call. You may also schedule a private tour of the estate, the Japanese Garden or the Chinese Garden for groups of 10 or more. For $34-$49 per person, you’ll gain general admission as well as your choice of tour.

See Los Angeles Art Museums With a Charter Bus Rental

Champion Charter Bus can set you up with a smooth and easy ride to the Los Angeles art museum of your choice, no matter where you’re coming from. Whether you’re right in town, traveling from nearby Beverly Hills, or making the trek from as far away as Las Vegas, we can find you the motorcoaches, minibuses, or shuttles you need. Call our reservation specialists any time at 310-295-9547 to learn more about our services and reserve the best charter bus for your trip.

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