LOS ANGELES MUSEUMS
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 / 1213.232.6200 / thebroad.org
The Broad is a contemporary art museum on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The museum is named for philanthropist Eli Broad, who financed the $140 million building which houses the Broad art collections. The museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection galleries. It opened on September 20, 2015. Open: Tue – Wed, 11 am – 5 pm; Thu – Fri , 11 am – 8 pm; Sat, 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm.
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037 / 1213.744.7400 / californiasciencecenter.org
The California Science Center (sometimes spelled California ScienCenter) is a state agency and museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, next to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California. Billed as the West Coast's largest hands-on science center, the California Science Center is a public-private partnership between the State of California and the California Science Center Foundation. The California Natural Resources Agency oversees the California Science Center and the California African American Museum. Open: Mon – Sun , 10 am – 5 pm.
Getty Center (of the J. Paul Getty Museum)
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049 / 110.440.7300 / getty.edu
The Getty Center, in Los Angeles, California, is a campus of the Getty Museum and other programs of the Getty Trust. The $1.3 billion Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill connected to a visitors' parking garage at the bottom of the hill by a three-car, cable-pulled hovertrain funicular. Open: Tue – Fri, 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sat, 10 am – 9 pm; Sun, 10 am – 5:30 pm.
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 / 1213.473.0800 / griffithobservatory.org
Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. It commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin, including Downtown Los Angeles to the southeast, Hollywood to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign, and an extensive array of space and science-related displays. Since the observatory's opening in 1935, admission has been free, in accordance with the benefactor's will, after whom the observatory is named – Griffith J. Griffith. Open: Tue – Fri, 12 pm – 10 pm; Sat –Sun, 10 am –10 pm.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 / 1310.443.7000 / hammer.ucla.edu
The Hammer Museum, which is affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles, is an art museum and cultural center known for its artist-centric and progressive array of exhibitions and public programs. Founded in 1990 by the entrepreneur-industrialist Armand Hammer to house his personal art collection, the museum has since expanded its scope to become "the hippest and most culturally relevant institution in town." Particularly important among the museum's critically acclaimed exhibitions are presentations of both historically over-looked and emerging contemporary artists. The Hammer Museum also hosts over 300 programs throughout the year, from lectures, symposia, and readings to concerts and film screenings. As of February 2014, the museum's collections, exhibitions, and programs are completely free to all visitors.Open: Tue – Fri, 11 am – 8 pm; Sat, Sun, 11 am –5 pm.
The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108 / 1626.405.2100 / huntington.org
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (or The Huntington) is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and located in Los Angeles County in San Marino, California, on the western coast of the United States, and about 35 miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th and 19th-century European art and 17th to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the "Japanese Garden", the "Desert Garden", and the "Chinese Garden" (Liu Fang Yuan).Open: Mon & Wed, Fri, 12 am – 4:30 pm; Sat – Sun, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 / 1323.857.6000 / lacma.org
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is an art museum located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles. LACMA is on Museum Row, adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits (George C. Page Museum). LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It attracts nearly a million visitors annually. It holds more than 150,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series. Open: Mon – Tue & Thu, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday, 11 am – 8 pm; Sat, Sun, 10 am – 7 pm.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 / 1213.621.2766 / moca.org
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) 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, near Walt Disney Concert Hall. MOCA's original space, initially intended as a "temporary" exhibit space while the main facility was built, is now known as the Geffen Contemporary, in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. The Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood. The museum's exhibits consist primarily of American and European contemporary art created after 1940. Since the museum's inception, MOCA's programming has been defined by its multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary art. Open; Mon, Wed & Thu, 11 am –8 pm; Friday, 11 am – 6 pm; Sat –Sun, 11 am –5 pm.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007 / 1213.763.3466 / nhm.org
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (abbreviated NHM) is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history. This large collection is comprised not only of specimens for exhibition, but also of vast research collections housed on and offsite. The Museum is actually an association of three Los Angeles area museums; The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California. Open: Mon – Sun, 9:30 am –5 pm.
Peterson Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 / 1323.930.2277 / petermendenhallgallery.com
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 Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.The museum has over one-hundred vehicles on display in its twenty-five galleries. Open: Mon – Sun, 10 am –6 pm.
900 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA/ 1213.346.9734/ aplusd.org
A+D Museum, also known as Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, is a museum for architecture and design in Los Angeles, California. It is located in Downtown Los Angeles Arts District at 900 E 4th Street. The A+D Museum first opened its doors in January 2001 in the Bradbury Building, located at 304 South Broadway (3rd Street and Broadway) in downtown Los Angeles; a space generously donated by Ira Yellin. Displaced by the extension of the Metro Purple Line, A+D Museum returned to Downtown Los Angeles to a warehouse-turned-museum in the Arts District in the Summer of 2015. A+D Museum was created to celebrate and promote an awareness of architecture and design in everyday life through exhibits, educational programs, and public outreach to the design community as well as the public in the greater Los Angeles area. Open: Tue - Fri, 11 am - 5 pm; Sat, Sun, 12 am - 6 pm.
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
8949 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California/ 1310.247.3000/ www.oscars.org
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a future museum in Los Angeles, California, currently under construction by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is scheduled to open in 2018 and will contain over 290,000 square feet (27,000 m2) of galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special-event spaces. The Academy Museum will be located next to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus, in the historic 1939 May Company building on Wilshire Boulevard, which will be extensively expanded and renovated to accommodate the museum. The expansion and architectural plans were designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and innovative contemporary architect Zoltan Pali.
African American Firefighter Museum
1401 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA/ 1213.744.1730/ www.aaffmuseum.org
Fire Station No. 30, Engine Company No. 30 is a historic fire station and engine company in the South Los Angeles area of Los Angeles, California. The building is now home to the African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM). The AAFFM features vintage fire equipment and apparatus, memorabilia, histories and photos of pioneering African American firefighters in Los Angeles. Other displays include photos, artifacts and memorabilia of African American firefighters, officers and historical women fire service professionals from around the country. The Museum is open to the public and is strictly volunteer and donation driven. Open: Tue, Thu, 10 am - 2 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pm.
2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA/ 1213.403.3000/ www.annenberg.org
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to non-profit organizations in the United States and around the world. Some of the Foundation's core initiatives are the Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) project (now Annenberg Learner), which funds many educational television shows broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) public television in the United States as well as The Annenberg Community Beach House, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Metabolic Studio, explore.org and the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Open: Wed - Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.
American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland dr., Los Angeles, CA 90077, United States/ 1310.476.9777/ www.aju.edu
The American Jewish University, formerly the separate institutions University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute, is a Jewish, non-denominational educational institution in Los Angeles, California. Its largest component is its Whizin Center for Continuing Education in which 12,000 students are enrolled annually in non-credit granting courses. A prominent program of the Center is the university's annual speaker series, featuring luminaries like Tony Blair, Colin Powell, and other political and diplomatic leaders. Open: Mon - Thu, 8 am - 5 pm.
Rómulo Pico Adobe
10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91346 / 1818.365.7810/ sfvhs.com
The Andres Pico Adobe is one of the oldest adobe structures in the City of Los Angeles. Built in 1834, it represents a bygone era and the rich historical past of the San Fernando Valley. Today the Adobe serves as a museum of Valley history, with exhibits of native American beads, Mission and Spanish-Mexican era artifacts, costumes and clothing that span more than a century, and furniture from the Victorian era, when it was home to members of the Pico family. Another View of Andres Pico AdobeIn addition to exhibit galleries, the Adobe contains a research library, photographic archives, and is used at the official headquarters of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society. Some souvenirs are available for purchase to help support the Society’s mission. Open: Mondays 10 a.m. - 4 pm (except holidays) & Third Sundays of every month, 1 - 4 pm.
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, - Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA/ 1323.667.2000/ theautry.org
The Autry Museum of the American West is a museum in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to exploring an inclusive history of the American West. Founded in 1988, the museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. It has two sites and attracts about 150,000 visitors annually. Open: Tue - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat, Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744, USA/ 1310.548.7777/ www.thebanningmuseum.org
Banning House, also known as the General Phineas Banning Residence Museum, is a historic Greek Revival-Victorian home in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles, California. Built in 1863 by Phineas Banning near the original San Pedro Bay, it remained in the Banning family until 1925 and has been owned by the City of Los Angeles since 1927. The home, barn and gardens are now operated as a museum. The Banning House property, also known as Banning Park, has been designated as a city Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and state California Historical Landmark and has been federally listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open: Tuesday - Thursday, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm , 2:30 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm.
Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA/ 1323.644.6296/ barnsdall.org
Barnsdall Art Park is a city park located in the East Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. Parking and arts buildings access is from Hollywood Boulevard on the park's north side. The park is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Aline Barnsdall donated Barnsdall Park to the City of Los Angeles for arts and recreational purposes, including the preservation of the historic architecture and landscape features. Open: Daily, 5 am - 10 pm.
California African American Museum
600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA/ 1213.744.7432/ www.caamuseum.org
The California African American Museum (CAAM) is a museum located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California, United States. The Museum focuses on enrichment and education on the cultural heritage and history of African Americans with a focus on California and western United States. Admission is free to all visitors. Their mission statement is " To research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am - 5 pm.
Bolton Hall (California)
10110 Commerce Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042, USA/ 1818.352.3420/ www.laparks.org
Bolton Hall is a historic American Craftsman era stone building in Tujunga, Los Angeles County, California. Built in 1913, Bolton Hall was originally used as a community center for the Utopian community of Los Terrenitos. From 1920 until 1957, it was used as an American Legion hall, the San Fernando Valley's second public library, Tujunga City Hall, and a jail. In 1957, the building was closed. For more than 20 years, Bolton Hall remained vacant and was the subject of debates over demolition and restoration. Since 1980, the building has been operated by the Little Landers Historical Society as a local history museum. Open: Tue, Sun, 1 pm - 4 pm.
California State University
5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA/ 1323.343.3000/ www.calstatela.edu
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is a public comprehensive university in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system. Cal State LA is located in the eastern region of Los Angeles, California, United States, in the University Hills district, facing the San Gabriel Mountains, at the center of Los Angeles metropolitan area just five miles (8 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles.
Chinese American Museum
425 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA/ 1213.485.8567/ camla.org
The Chinese American Museum is a museum located in Downtown Los Angeles as a part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. It is dedicated to the history and experience of Chinese Americans in the state of California, the first such museum in Southern California. It presents exhibits of fine art by Chinese American artists as well as historical exhibits. Planning for the museum began in October 1984, with the grand opening taking place on December 18, 2003. The museum is housed in the Garnier Building, the oldest surviving Chinese building in Southern California. The original Los Angeles Chinatown was located here before it was moved to New Chinatown for the construction of Los Angeles Union Station. Open: Tue - Sun, 10 am - 3 pm.
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA/ 1323.937.4230/ www.cafam.org
The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Los Angeles, USA, was incorporated in 1973 and began formal museum operations in 1975. It is the successor to the commercial gallery, The Egg and The Eye Gallery, which opened November 1, 1965 in the same historic building. Like the present-day museum, the gallery showed contemporary craft objects and folk art. A popular restaurant on the mezzanine featured a long list of ethnically inspired omelettes. When the commercial gallery was converted to a private, nonprofit museum, the restaurant took the name of the former gallery, The Egg and The Eye. The restaurant closed forever, as part of a major renovation, on June 30, 1989. The renovated museum re-opened May 12, 1995, then closed temporarily at the end of 1997, and finally re-opened February 11, 1999. Open: Tue - Fri, 11 am - 5 pm; Sat, Sun, 11 am - 6 pm.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum
919 S Grand Ave #250, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA/ 1213.623.5821/ fidmmuseum.org
The FIDM Museum & Library, Inc. was founded in 1978 to serve the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and the community. Since January 1999, the museum's operations have been separate from the Library in order to offer more specialized care and attention to the specific needs of a costume collection, and museum-trained personnel have been added to the staff. The museum is located on the ground floor of the Los Angeles campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and houses a collection of over 12,000 costumes, accessories and textiles from the 18th century through the present day, including film and theater costume. The FIDM Museum also houses the early Hollywood Costume Collection on loan from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation. It presents the annual Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition at the galleries.
3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA/ 1310.241.0846/ www.ftmac.org
Fort MacArthur is a former United States Army installation in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California (now the port community of Los Angeles). A small section remains in military use by the United States Air Force as a housing and administrative annex of Los Angeles Air Force Base. The fort is named in honor of Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur. His son, Douglas MacArthur, would later command American forces in the Pacific during World War II. Open: Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA/ 1310.825.4361/ www.fowler.ucla.edu
The Fowler Museum at UCLA, or more commonly, The Fowler, is a museum on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) which explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present. The Fowler is generally home to three to six art exhibitions and also acts as a venue for lectures on cultural topics, musical performances, art workshops, family programs, festivals and more. The Fowler is located in the northern part of UCLA's Westwood Campus, adjacent to Royce Hall and Glorya Kaufman Hall. Open: Thu - Sun, 12 am - 5 pm; Wed, 12 am - 8 pm.
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
265 N Carolwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA/ 1310.277.5321/ www.weismanfoundation.org
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation is a non-profit arts foundation located on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles, California. Modern and contemporary artwork in the Frederick R. Weisman collection are displayed in a "living with art—house museum" context, with guided public tours by appointment with the foundation. More than four hundred works of art are on display at the Foundation. The collection includes works by European Modernists including Cézanne, Picasso, and Kandinsky and Surrealist works by Max Ernst, Joan Miró, and René Magritte. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272/ 1310.440.7300/ www.getty.edu
The Getty Villa is one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Located at the easterly end of the Malibu coast in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA, the Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. The UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation is housed on this campus. The collection is documented and presented through the online GettyGuide as well as through audio tours. Open: Wed – Mon, 10 am – 5 pm.
Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
800 W Olympic Blvd A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA/ 1213.765.6800/ www.grammymuseum.org
The GRAMMY Museum is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum strives to inspire its visitors to learn about musical genres and history through interactive touch-screens, videos, and recording booths. The museum also features a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings. Open: Daily, 10:30 am - 6:30 pm.