Best Museums in Los Angeles
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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
The Long Beach Museum of Art is a museum located on Ocean Boulevard in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States.
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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.
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
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Museum of Contemporary Art, moca.org. Gold Line to Union Station and transfer to Red/Purple Line to Civic Center.
Museum of Contemporary Art. And don't forget their sister location, The Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. Free on Thursdays 5pm-8pm!
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.
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Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction, boasting the most life-like waxworks display of historical figures, and sports, tv, film, and music stars.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a wax museum and tourist attraction located on Hollywood Boulevard. Five minute walk. Attractions change frequently.
Have fun taking pictures with detailed and meticulously maintained wax renditions of celebrities, musicians, political figures, and sports stars!
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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
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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 one of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history.
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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
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
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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
Quirky, random, and fun. This is museum will certainly leave you scratching your head. It's a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
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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.
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.
Space Shuttle Endeavor; iMax 3D movie Hubble Space Telescope. Early space capsules and much more (not all of it aviation/space oriented).
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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..
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
Great for families. Space Shuttle Endeavor is also on display and is amazing to see in person!
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Always great exhibitions, short walk from Little Tokyo and some great sushi bars
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.
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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
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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.
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The Noah's Ark exhibit is amazing. Using recycled material to create a fun, interactive play space.
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The only museum dedicated exclusively to Latin American Art, fantastic collection with a great cafe (Viva). Sundays are free!
Museum of Latin American Art is a great way to spend the day. The best display of art by Latin American artists in the southland.
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Museum with kitschy oddities on display, including shrunken human heads & rare animal skeletons.
Fun for kids... some things can be a little gross so maybe check for age appropriate content for little ones.
Fun, interactive trip down memory lane if you watched this show as a kid.
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Beautiful, historic example of the Craftsman style of Greene and Greene. Open to the public. Behind the scenes tours can be booked in advance. The house was built for the Procter & Gamble family.
Built in 1908 as a American Arts and Crafts style by famed architects Charles and Henry Greene for David and Mary Gamble of Procter and Gamble Company. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
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What other major city has an open pit, exposing the gases bubbling up from the earth's core? With the Page Museum adjacent, along with excavation sites, to view archeological findings and fossils.
Dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. Mammoths, saber-tooth cats, etc. Fun! The Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark.
This is where all the Ice-age fossils are displayed that the paleontologists pull from the tar pits!
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A unique and FREE museum with changing exhibits every few months. Always an interesting subject matter. Walk over to the Century City Mall when you are done for some shopping, movie or meal.
A free museum that opened several years ago and offers excellent quality photography exhibits. Located in the middle of Century City, at the base of the 'twin towers' and CAA headquarters building.
One of the best cultural spaces in LA and free! The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment.
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This is an awesome close-by museum to take little kids (2-5) for the sane private play area and older kids to the whole indoor and outdoor space. It's like a mini Exploratorium.
Great place for kids to explore, lots of fun things for the kids to do! Bring a swimsuit for the water play!
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Learn about the Japanese American experience, particularly here in Los Angeles ($9)
The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.
The Japanese American National Museum is a museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans. It is located in the Little Tokyo area near downtown Los Angeles, California
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Operated by the Pacific Battleship Center, battleship that served during WWII, Korean War and the Cold War, and has hosted 3 Presidents
Want to see a legit warship? Yeah, there's an actual battleship parked for visitors to see. Guns and all.
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Great way to spend a couple of hours in LA. Gift shop has some unusual selections - this would be a good stop for gifts for those impossible to buy for friends.
The Little Tokyo outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art, known as the Geffen Contemporary. Purchase a ticket, see the show, then walk or Uber to the Grand Avenue location. Admission there is fre... read more
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The Craft & Folk Art Museum engages people through its diverse exhibitions and programs that challenge established ideas about craft and folk art and inspire a sense of inquiry and creativity.
The only museum in Los Angeles showing exclusively craft, folk art, and design. CAFAM works to recognize emerging artists and make art accessible to all audiences.
Right across from the La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire is one of my favorite museums. Small and easy to do in an hour with a cute little museum shop. Highly recommend!
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Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory & educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts...
Films & other educational exhibits on the Holocaust & ways to confront modern-day discrimination.
The Museum of Tolerance is a multimedia museum in Los Angeles. It is designed to examine racism and prejudice around the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust.
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See 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures, props and costumes from Silent Movies, Talkies, Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Feature Films, and more!
Awesome slice of Hollywood history. The old Max Factor Building. Silence of the Lambs set, car from North by Northwest. The makeup rooms from Max Factor. Really fun couple of hours in Hollywood.
See costumes, memorabilia and props from famous movies and shows such as W.C. Field's famous top hat and Pee-Wee Herman's original red bicycle from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure".