Arts & Culture in Los Angeles

From local plays to touring exhibitions, this is where local Airbnb hosts go to get in touch with their creative side.


Best of the best

#2

The Getty

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1200 Getty Center Drive·Map·Hours·Website·

493 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The J. Paul Getty Museum seeks to inspire curiosity about, and enjoyment and understanding of, the visual arts by collecting, conserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of outstanding qua... read more

Free Museum, Tropical Gardens, Art work, ride the monorail to top. Pay for Parking that's it. Eat at museum restaurant, book as soon as you arrive or call ahead reservations.

The Getty Center is located in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles and is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Center branch of the museum features pre-20th-century European ... read more

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful concert hall for classical music. Amazing acoustics. You can buy discounted tickets two hours before the concert.

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall is an iconic silver structure that resembles a wadded-up ball of paper. Acclaimed Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.... read more

Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, world music and jazz. The building was designed by Frank Ge... read more

202 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I went to school here. Just go see it and come back and tell me it's pretty.

Call me biased as this is my old stomping ground but it's an absolutely beautiful campus to go and visit. I'm a major fan of Royce Hall (try to find all of the 'mistakes' in the building's facade).... read more

My alma mater...huge campus in Westwood. Take Sunset going west to Hilgard, and make a left on Hilgard. You are there. They have sports and entertainment offered as well.

257 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A VAST STUNNING estate of gardens: Japanese ponds and bridges, Greek statues on vast green lawns, art museums in small mansions through out the garden estate as well as a library. A coffee shop ri... read more

A collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927). In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focu... read more

The Huntington is a cultural center near Pasadena, it is the former home of Henry Huntington who was responsible for LA's famous Red Cars, he also developed Huntington Beach and had a big hand in s... read more

224 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Jason Mraz, Pippin, Wicked, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Motown, The Phantom of the Opera...need I say more?

Go and watch a movie in the iconic Pantages theater! There are frequent showings and usually have a fun little pre-show prior to the actual film starting. Then go and walk around Hollywood Walk of... read more

The Pantages Theater has a history as grand and diverse as the stage and screen fare which audiences have flocked to enjoy there for half a century. These days it's one of Los Angeles' leading hom... read more

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

New museum, interesting building that looks like a waffle. Broad's extensive modern art collection. Next to Disney Hall and across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art. Free now.

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaborati... read more

The Broad is a new contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles which opened in September of 2015. The museum is designed by Dille... read more

#8

J. Paul Getty Villa

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$$· 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy·Map·Hours·Website·

265 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic and beautiful, the Getty Villa is located on PCH, also on your way to Malibu. It is pretty much a must see in Southern California if you are into art of the ancient world. If you simply want... read more

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu opened on January 28, 2006, after the completion of a major renovation project. As a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of th... read more

Located along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the Getty Villa is a sight to behold! The Villa is a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, with breathtaking gardens filled with species from... read more

166 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing comedy shows from the best performers in the world 7 days a week! Celebrities are always about!

This improv comedy theater was co-founded by Amy Poehler and their shows are hilarious! Most shows are only $5, get there early to make sure you get in as they over book, and be sure to make a rese... read more

Great improv shows for $5. Little known fact, you can bring your own beer to drink as you watch the show. They don't advertise this but it is a common thing to do for locals to bring a couple of be... read more

165 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Dolby Theatre (Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex. This is where the Oscars-Academy Awards are held

The Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium that hosts the Academy Awards (the Oscars), 1st held there in 2002. It is the 1st permanent home for annual awards.

The Dolby Theatre is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland Center shopping mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood dist

142 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Smaller version of Hollywood Bowl with performances under the stars. See who's playing here and catch a show before or after a visit to the Observatory. (This is the Greek in "Get Him to the Greek")

Greek Theatre is a 5,870-seat music venue located at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1929, opening on September 29 of that year. The Greek Theatre is owned by the city of Lo... read more

Get 'em to the Greek!!! Summertime concerts at "the Greek" is something you will not forget. This historic outdoor venue, in an intimate setting, makes for the perfect date night! Shuttles to & from!

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful Campus with lots going on open to the public

California Science Center, BlueSky Tours, Natural History Museum, Exposition Park, Memorial Coliseum, Staples Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall

The University of Southern California is one of the top schools in America. It has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country and is open for tourists to walk through and explore it every day.

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place has a *gorgeous* patio sitting atop the bluff. If you're here on the weekend, go for brunch! And if you're here on a Thursday, museum admission is free AND happy hour's 3-8pm.

The Long Beach Museum of Art is a museum located on Ocean Boulevard in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States.

Make a left on Ocean to Kennebec Ave. if you want to have breakfast at Claire’s on the bluff’s behind the Art Museum. Reasonable breakfast fare with incredible view sitting on cliffs above the oc... read more

189 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Want to absorb some art? Head over to the Getty Center/Museum and enjoy the Art and the Botanical Garden. Why not, it's free, you just pay for parking!

One of the most impressive architectural achievements in the US — it contains some of the finest works of art in the world. Amazing Tram Ride to the Mountain Top with incredible gardens and city views

Incredible museum of the arts. It's FREE to enter. $20 to park. Art beginning from the first century to modern day. Park and ride the tram. Incredible views of Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

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The permanent collection alone is worth the price of admission, but don't forget to check out the gift shop! Search online for the rotating exhibit, and the sister museum in Little Tokyo 10 bks east.

Museum of Contemporary Art. And don't forget their sister location, The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. Free on Thursdays 5pm-8pm!

Museum of Contemporary Art, moca.org. Gold Line to Union Station and transfer to Red/Purple Line to Civic Center.

135 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Have fun taking pictures with detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars!

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a wax museum and tourist attraction located on Hollywood Boulevard. Five minute walk. Attractions change frequently.

Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction, boasting the most life-like waxworks display of historical figures, and sports, tv, film, and music stars.

131 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The famous Norton Simon Museum which features art from Monet, Van Gogh, and other famous, period-centric artists. Home to one of the "Thinking Man" statues as well.

The Norton Simon's Gehry-helmed makeover in the late 1990s raised the museum's profile. But it also helped it expand the range of its collection, giving it more space and creating a calm, simple en... read more

The Norton Simon collections include: European paintings, sculptures, and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings, and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens displaying many sculptors' work in a ... read more

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This is a collection of art galleries, and offers a cafe and store. The site was previously a railroad station from 1875 to 1953, serving the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad.

Tour through a collection of galleries that all feature unique artworks by many up and coming artists. Originally built in 1870's, it was a Red Line Trolley station that became an art collective w... read more

Bergamot Station is Southern California's largest art gallery complex and cultural center, located on eight acres in the heart of Santa Monica featuring contemporary art galleries, The Santa Monica... read more

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It is a delight even if you are not into cars. Set up interactively, the walk around transports you like a time machine and you can walk through their history. Plus many "star cars" are there!

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automot... read more

The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history.

#20

Hammer Museum

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10899 Wilshire Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Gallery with a permanent collection of historical works & special exhibits of edgy contemporary art. During the summer there are free music concerts every Friday! The restaurant at the Hammer is al... read more

The Hammer Museum, which is affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, is an art museum and cultural center. It is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Of all of the solo exhibiti... read more

Great Architecture combined with very interesting contemporary art works, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Video nights showcasing current art and music videos, If the art doesn't do it ... read more

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Quirky, random, and fun. This is museum will certainly leave you scratching your head. It's a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

Don't be fooled by the name, this is not some kind of Spielbergian dinosaurland. It's far more interesting than that. Hidden behind an unassuming, windowless storefront, David Wilson's Museum of Ju... read more

Tea and cookies upstairs, weird and cool exhibits downstairs: superstitions, old wives' tales, Russian space dogs, Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Cat's Cradle... all for a low suggested donation

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Where Endeavour is on display right in front of the Los Angeles Coliseum, host of 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Gold Line to Union Station, the Red/Purple Line to 7th Street and the Expo Line to Expo Park.

Great wall o' fish tank, 3d movies such as Hubble & Space Station 3D IMAX, not to be missed. Great for kids and kids at heart. Museum entry free, movies extra charge. Near Natural History Museum.

Space Shuttle Endeavor; iMax 3D movie Hubble Space Telescope. Early space capsules and much more (not all of it aviation/space oriented).

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for families. Space Shuttle Endeavor is also on display and is amazing to see in person!

The NHM's original Beaux Arts structure was the first museum building in Los Angeles, opening with Exposition Park itself back in 1913. Its massive collection spans more than 35 million objects and... read more

20 complete dinosaurs and ancient sea creatures! Mummies! The Spider Pavillion! Insect Zoo! African mammals! The Story of Mammals! Rare gems and minerals! 35 million artifacts. Endless. All ages..

45 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Before the Big Bang Theory sitcom, Caltech was best known for its technical excellence. At least 22 Nobel Prize winners have served as faculty, including the irrepressible Richard Feynman.

From Wikipedia - The California Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Pasadena, .... Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphasis on sciences.

World class educational institution lousy with Nobel Prize winners. Big Bang Theory setting.

#25

MOCA

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250 S Grand Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

71 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Always great exhibitions, short walk from Little Tokyo and some great sushi bars

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles is a contemporary art museum with three locations in greater Los Angeles, California. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles,... read more

This is my favorite of the modern museums in town. It's in Little Tokyo and you can see the Japanese culture as well as check out the Japanese museum next to it as well.

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice community college, have a walk through it if you like. Locals enjoy running or walking the track and stadium stairs.

They have a great Olympic sized public swimming pool open to the public. During the Summer, they have outdoor movies. Check out their website: Santa Monica College, Santa Monica.

Local Jr. College, has a nice running track and pool open to public during certain hours.

41 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A wonderful, historical place to experience live theatre. We like to walk there and have dinner before the show at El Portal Restaurant.

The Pasadena Playhouse has a rich and vibrant history dating back to 1917. California legislature voted to dedicate the Playhouse as official State Theatre in 1937.

Historic landmark building, traditional theatrical selections, always well produced and acted. Mid- to high-price tickets.

#28

Grammy Museum

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800 West Olympic Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

60 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Incredible museum featuring contemporary and historic popular music- every aspect of it. A MUST SEE.

Dedicated to chronicling the American music genres. Don't miss the "Crossroads table" where guests can explore more than 160 genres of music. Once a genre of interest is selected, it opens to reve... read more

Great Museum near the Staples Center that hosts all things musical that relate to the prominent Grammy Foundation and awards. All types of music represented here! Lots of places to eat in the court... read more

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Wax Museum. If you're into taking selfies with stars, this may be your place.

It's the oldest wax museum in the U.S. and has been located in Hollywood for more than 45 years. Celebrity wax figures of Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin, Elvis and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

The Hollywood Wax Museum is a wax museum featuring replicas of celebrities located on Hollywood Boulevard in the tourist district in Hollywood, California.

#30

Skirball Cultural Center

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2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Noah's Ark exhibit is amazing. Using recycled material to create a fun, interactive play space.

Interesting permanent exhibition on Judaism throughout the ages and throughout the world. Visiting exhibitions (see website for details). Also home to 'Noah's Ark' exhibition for children which is ... read more