Los Angeles Museums

CA Los Angeles Getty Museum

The cultural offerings of Los Angeles and the Greater L.A. region is quite remarkable and actually reaches far beyond the spheres of the movie industry. An important part of that culture is a broad range of museums on various topics and in many different forms.

Some of the city’s museums, the famous Getty Museum being an example, enjoy a great international reputation, others are dealing with very specific, interesting topics. The portfolio is very eclectic and usually offers great entertainment at rather low rates.

Getty Center

The Getty Center, opened in 1997 in the Brentwood district, not only impresses by its art collections, but also with its buildings’ distinctive architecture designed by Richard Meier, its location in the Santa Monica Mountains with remarkably good views and its gardens well worth seeing. The museum consists of five pavilions, one of which is reserved for alternating special exhibitions. The others primarily contain European art in the form of paintings, sculptures and drawings as well as an extensive collection of European and American photography art. Adjacent to the museum there are the scientific institutions of Getty Center.

1200 Getty Center Drive. Closed Mondays. Open daily 10 am to 5:30 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm. Parking fees levied on the perimeter


Getty Villa

The second part of the Getty museums is located in Pacific Palisades. In a magnificent mansion, built in the style of a Roman countryhouse, the museum’s collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan statues is housed. Getty Villa was reopened after extensive renovations in 2006. Admission is free, but to visit, an advance reservation for a specified time is required.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway. Open Wednesday-Monday 10 am to 5 pm, closed Tuesdays. Parking fees levied


Hammer Museum of Art

A smaller museum that belongs to the UCLA university and which is in possession of a large collection of works by the French satirist Daumier. In addition, impressionist and post-impressionist art is exhibited here, Rembrandt paintings among them.

10899 Wilshire Boulevard. Closed Mondays, open daily from 11 am, Saturdays and Sundays until 5 pm, all other days until 8 pm.


Autry National Center of the American West

The famous Country music star Gene Autry established this museum dealing with the history of the Amerikan West in 1988. The museum’s exhibition puts a focus on the many cultural influences that helped shape the West. Next to crafts and paintings, exhibits include musical instruments, weapons or commodity items of Indian heritage. Another part of the center is the Historic Southwest Museum on Mount Washington campus.

4700 Western Heritage Way. Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday  10 am - 5 pm.


Barnsdall Art Park

A unique art project in East Hollywood, centered around Hollyhock House. This building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was developed as the residence of Aline Barnsdall and of the theatrical community she envisioned. The park around the house is also home of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, which shows exhibitions of the works of artists from Southern California. In addition, an art school and a small theater building hosting Shakespeare plays in the summer, are located on the grounds. 

4800 Hollywood Boulevard


California African American Museum

The museum founded in 1981 is dedicated to the contributions of African-American artists, but also shows historic exhibits and owns a vast library on the topic. In total, the museum is in possession of more than 3500 exhibits and additionally regularly hosts special themed exhibition on African-American cultural history.

600 State Drive. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sundays 11 am-5 pm. Free admission.


California Science Center

The California Science Center calls itself the largest science museum of the West Coast. It puts special emphasis on hosting an interactive exhibition. Among the exhibits are a space capsule and a lunar module, among others. Apart from technics, the museum also deals with other topics such as habitats and ecosystems.

Exposition Park, 39th Street. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm


Chinese American Museum

The museum opened in 2003 in Downtown takes over a pioneering role, as it is the first museum in the region that puts a focus on Chinese immigrants and Chinese culture in California and America. Artworks as well as historical exhibits and artefacts are on display, shedding light on the history of the Chinese in Southern California. For Chinese New Year celebrations, the museum annually hosts a traditional party with folklore and crafts on display.

425 North Los Angeles Street. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm


Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

A branch of the museum of Contemporary Art, located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood and housed in the building of a former department store. With its wide, roomy exhibition spaces, the Geffen is mainly used to exhibit sculptures or electronic installations. Often the branch displays the newest works of yet little known artists.

152 North Central Avenue. Open Mondays and Fridays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-8pm, weekends 11am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Museum of Contemporary Art

The main branch of MOCA is located in Downtown and possesses a vast collection with a focus on the art of the second half of the 20th century. Works by a lot of famous artists such as Mondrian, Pollock or Rothko are in the permanent exhibition of the museum. In addition, alternating special exhibitions are curated. As a museum of contemporary art, it is one of the most important of its kind internationally.

250 South Grand Avenue. Open Mondays and Fridays 11am-5pm, Thursdays 11am-8pm, weekends 11am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays


Grammy Museum

The museum, designed with a strong interactive approach in mind, was opened in 2008 and is dedicated to the history of the renowned American music award and additionally shows memorabilia such as instruments or stage-used outfits worn by stars. One section of the museum is exclusively dedicated to Michael Jackson. The Grammy Museum is located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Corner of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Open daily 11:30 am - 7:30 pm, Saturdays from 10 am


George C. Page Museum

Right in the heart of Los Angeles, in La Brea, natural asphalt stemming from subterranean petroleum reservoirs seeps through the ground and has done so for thousands of years. This tar, often covered by water, has always, even in prehistoric times, lured animals to drink and often these were then caught by the tar, died as they could not get out and were conserved in the substance. Excavations are taking place here to this day. The Page Museum showcases the work of the scientists and has fossils from the tar pits on display.

5801 Wilshire Boulevard. Open daily 9:30 am - 5 pm


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The art museum is located in direct neighborhood to the Page Museum. The collection encompasses more than 100,000 exhibits of art, ranging from ancient times to the presence. A separate part of the building is dedicated to Japanese art, but also works from Latin America get a lot of space. The museum, consisting of several buildings, shows art in exhibitions sorted by heritage, era and art form. In an extension room opened in 2008, contemporary and modern art is shown.

5905 Wilshire Boulevard. Closed Wednesdays. Open Monday-Thursday 12-8 pm, Friday until 9 pm, weekends 11am-8pm


Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Housed in a former ferry terminal building, the Maritime Museum is dedicated to the history of fishing in the region. In the upper stories, there are several model replicas of old trade vessels. The old fire tug Ralph J. Scott can be visited nearby.

At the end of 6th Street in San Pedro. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday 10 am- 5 pm, Friday 12-5 pm


Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The Holocaust museum was founded in 1961 out of a group of survivors intending to make their memorabilia accessible for the public in a safe and explaining environment. Next to this exhibition of documents, pictures and other items and alternating special exhibitions, the museum is dedicated to educating the public, offering information courses for teachers and more. Admission to the Holocaust museum is free.

100 S The Grove. Open Saturday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-2 pm


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

The largest museum at the American West Coast deals with the natural-scientific development of Earth. Aided by more than 30 million exhibits the museum has in its possession, the institution founded in 1913 display an image of Earth history from pre-history to today. The exhibitions on issues like the dinosaurs, habitats and minerals receive great acclaim, but the museum also features several other sections, for example on ornithology, botany or archeology.

900 Exposition Rd. Open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm


Petersen Automotive Museum

Formerly a part of the Natural History Museums the Petersen Automotive Museum has operated independently in a former department store since 1994. There are always approximately 100 cars on display, in addition there is a documentation on automotive history as well as further exhibits.

6060 Wilshire Boulevard. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am - 6pm. Closed on Mondays




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