NexGen Fast Facts
NexGen Fast Facts
To enroll in NexGen, visit our box office at the museum or print the following form and mail it to:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
There are over 115,000 NexGen members to date! We are excited to have so many members and hope you will visit often.
What is Arts for NexGen LACMA?
A free youth membership program. Membership is free and members can come to the museum for free as often as they like/wish! Each NexGen member can bring one adult guest for free for general admission.
What is general admission?
General admission includes the permanent collection galleries and some special traveling art exhibitions. Ticketed exhibitions cost extra and are not included in general admission.
How much does NexGen cost?
Free to join; free to visit!
What’s the catch?
LACMA values families and wants them to be a part of the museum. No catch.
Who can join?
Anyone ages 17 and under. At the moment there are around 200 babies; over 2,000 4 year-olds, nearly 8,000 12 year-olds, and 6,472 17 year-olds.
Even babies can join?
Yes! Life long love of museums starts now.
How do we join?
Fill out the form [PDF: 254KB] with your child's name and date of birth. Include your address and email and we’ll send you invitations to NexGen programs. If your child is under 13, a parent or guardian needs to sign the form.
How do we renew?
No need to renew. Your card is good until you turn 18.
I lost my card!
No problem. Call the Education Department (323 857-6512), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or get a new card at the box office.
But we don’t live in LA…
That’s okay! NexGen wants all children to feel welcome and a part of LACMA. Everyone is invited to join.
Can teens come by themselves?
Ask your parent or guardian—but kids ages 13 and older are allowed to be at the museum by themselves. Bring your friends!
Here are some tips for visiting the museum with kids:
Don’t try to see everything. 20 minutes to one hour is plenty of time in the galleries. Remember, with NexGen you can come back as often as you like!
Let your child decide what to see. Ideas may come from their favorite things, hobbies, or a school project.
Not sure where to start? The modern art galleries on the 2nd floor of the Ahmanson Building are spacious, playful, and fun for families. Also try traveling the globe by visiting art from all over the world!
Have a seat—sit on the floor! (Just don’t block any doorways.) Some galleries also have benches.
Look then ask. Start with, “What do you see?” Children are observant and wonderful storytellers. Let them tell you what is going on.
Burn off some wiggly energy in LACMA’s sculpture gardens and park spaces.
Visit the Boone Children’s Gallery. The welcoming staff will invite you to paint, read books, and hang out. Open until 5 p.m.
Make art and go on a tour at Andell Family Sundays—nearly every Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Relax, have fun and enjoy the moment!
Parking—the easiest parking for families is in the underground Pritzker Parking Garage on 6th Street at Ogden ($10) or street parking on 6th Street where the meters are free on Sundays!
Eating—Keep your energy up with lunch or a snack outside on the plaza or in the park. The LACMA Café has a kid’s menu.
Bathroom breaks. The best bathrooms for families are in the Ahmanson Building 1st level and the plaza-level Art of the Americas Building.
NexGen members pick up their free tickets at any box office.
Before entering the galleries:
Talk about the rules. At school and at home we have rules. Museums are no different.
We can’t touch the art. Touching art harms it; keep one adult arm length away.
Photography, with no flash, is allowed in some galleries. Ask the gallery attendant first.
Drawing or writing with pencil is allowed (not pen) and can be a fun in-gallery activity.
Talking about art is wonderful—using inside voices.
Walk. Save the running and jumping for the park!
Eating is only allowed outside. Have a snack on the plaza or grab something from Plaza Café.
NexGen encourages making LACMA a regular part of kids’ lives. In making short visits often, the museum stays fresh and fun but also becomes a place of familiarity and comfort.