The Broad, a gorgeous architectural statement that opened in late 2015, is the home of one of the best contemporary art collections in the country. Eli Broad (pronounced "Brode"), an insurance and construction billionaire, has amassed a library of more than 2,000 works and his foundation still acquires, on average, a new work every week. Here you'll find the best of the luminaries of the contemporary art world, often represented by their most notable or monumental works: Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, and other crucial names are represented among the installations, which periodically change. The Broad's selections make for a fine introduction to modern art: Works are generally approachable, understandable, memorable, or well-explained in the signage or on the museum's free app. The $140 million building, too, is interesting: It's essentially a big box covered with a white "veil" perforated with controllable skylights and windows, and the core of the building contains the collection's archive, which you can peer at through windows in the interior stairwells. Check ahead to see if there are special installations that require timed tickets; they will be free but they will require reserving in person and they might be fully distributed by the middle of the day, so arriving close to opening time is usually best. The Broad is beside another modern L.A. landmark, the swooping Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- Jason Cochran