Metropolis II

It moves, it pulsates, it mesmerizes…Metropolis II is a new exhibit at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) that can captivate and fascinate both young and old. From LACMA’s description:

“Metropolis II is an intense and a complex kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one 6 lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings.”

It’s located in a large room with plenty of space to walk around and survey it from all sides. But possibly the best viewing happens in the upper balcony wrapped around the room, which gives you a great view of the 1100 cars creeping slowly up the ramp and then launching into motion.

You can look at Metropolis II any time you go to the museum, but what you really want to do is see it in action. For that, you have to visit at these times:

Fridays: 12:30–2 pm; 3–4:30 pm; 5–6:30 pm; 7–8:30 pm
Weekends: 11:30–1:00 pm; 2–3:30 pm; 4–5:30 pm; 6–7:30 pm

Check this link to plan your visit to LACMA (you don’t need any special tickets for this exhibit). General museum admission for adults is $15; seniors and students $10; and children 17 and under are free. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.


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