I was in two minds about this review and thought about this for some time....but the bad impression has lingered.
LACMA has a great collection housed on a very large site encompassing gardens, multiple buildings and the tar pits and associated museum. You could easily spend days here. We visited only two buildings in a whole afternoon.
There is a good restaurant and I would recommend a cocktail at the bar beside the restaurant mid afternoon.
Down side is that that don't want you bringing children. The place is crawling with staff. Ot seems there are staff observing staff (not uncommon to see 3-4 in a single room). We were stalked by 2 or 3 at a time because we had kids with us. It was made very plain that family groups with young children are not wanted - art snobs only it seems. Due to the police state library experience we cut our visit short. It was simply too stressful.
I have visited previously in a group of three adults and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So don't take the kids!
Bonus - there is a great food van location directly opposite with 5 or 6 vans. Good option for lunch.
Beware - the parking outside expires one hour before the museum closes and is a tow-away zone. Apparently this is a common trap for tourists and will cost you around $400.
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