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The Broad museum's 2,000 works of art officially go public

The Broad Museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles
Photo by Iwan Baan, courtesy of The Broad and Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The Broad Museum, on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles

The Broad museum opened its doors to the public Sunday morning and 120,000 people have already reserved free tickets to view the collection amassed by billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad.

The museum's 2,000 works were gathered by the Broads over the last 50 years. Joanne Heyler, the founding director of The Broad, helped curate the collection and told KPCC that it includes everything from great master works by Andy Warhol to pieces from contemporary artists making their debut in Los Angeles.

Heyler said it was "incredibly meaningful" for the Broads to see their collection open in downtown Los Angeles.

"...The growth and development of downtown Los Angeles as a vibrant center for a region of 15 million people has been one of their fondest dreams for this city and we’re really glad to be part of that," she said.

Heyler said she expects about 3,000 visitors Sunday. In addition to reserved tickets, admission is also available on a walk-in basis.