Walt Disney Concert Hall#16 in Best Things To Do in Los Angeles
This Frank Gehry-designed concert hall has helped revive downtown Los Angeles, which was once dominated by mundane office buildings and lackluster entertainment options. Now, nightlife and culture burgeon in the area, and the concert hall is at the forefront. The curvaceous, stainless steel exterior is worth a visit alone, but travelers will also want to catch one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performances at the hall. (For ticket and price information, visit the Los Angeles Philharmonic's website.)
But you don't have to invest in concert tickets to experience this performance venue: You can follow a docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the exterior and interior (though the actual concert auditorium is off-limits). Hour-long guided and audio tours are both free; audio tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m., while guided tour hours vary by day and are generally available on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For a full tour schedule, visit The Music Center's website.
While some past travelers found the tour dull, others left awestruck. If you're interested in architecture – or simply want to see another side of Los Angeles – a visit to the hall is highly recommended.
You'll find the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, a few blocks northeast of the 7th Street/Metro Center and Pershing Square Metro stations on the Red, Purple, Blue and Expo lines. There is parking available underneath the venue (which generally costs $9 per vehicle), and there are also additional parking garages nearby. The hall's box office is open Tuesday through Sunday between noon and 6 p.m., and facilities like restrooms, refreshment concessions and a gift shop can be found inside.
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