LOS ANGELES, it is safe to say, has had a rather major museum moment in recent years. That is, of course, if the concept of "a moment" could stretch out to cover an entire decade, a decade that's seen new world-class museums spring up, and other world-class museums waive their admission, and major installations like "Urban Light" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art make their way onto magazine covers and into movies. And while the city's cultural institutions keep trucking all year long, there is a special time period that revs up in the fall, the traditional time when operas and symphonies and other mind-broadening experiences open up their annual seasons. October begins LA Museum Season, and that's good news not just for locals but for travelers looking to get some stuff done in the City of Angels -- work, a wedding, a weekend away -- and see a cultural biggie or two. LA Museum Season stretches into the mid-point of November and it comes with its own appealing-to-out-of-towners deal: Stay two nights, or more, at a hotel booked through Hotels.com and score "a special voucher good for two complimentary adult admissions or gift store discounts at participating museums."
THOSE TOP-NOTCH MUSEUMS INCLUDE... the "Urban Light"-lovely Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Battleship IOWA Museum in San Pedro, and the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is also an elegant entry on the roster, a place where famous paintings like "Blue Boy" by Thomas Gainsborough can be enjoyed one minute and blue skies over The Huntington's iconic rose garden the next. As for the stay-over spots on the list? It's also lengthy, like the cultural and historic institutions on the discount list, so finding a bed-down spot near your work or wedding or the museum you want to see should be a cinch. Also a cinch? Making this all happen, between Oct. 5 and Nov. 15. It's a program overseen by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, so, you bet, this is a big deal in a very big city. And it has had a few years to lay its come-have-fun foundations; LA Museum Season marks a half decade in 2016.