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25 Museums to explore in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County

Most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2018. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking.The museum is located in the historic May Company Building on the intersection Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. This Academy holds more than 13 million objects including costumes, costume sketches, film reels, posters, props, and screenplays dating back to 1927.

Autry Museum of the American West
Autry Museum of the American WestGriffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA

Dedicated to exploring an inclusive history of the American West. 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.

Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731, USA

A maritime museum located at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. The museum's main artifact is the USS Iowa, lead ship of the Iowa class of battleships. It provides a glimpse into the past through a unique experience aboard the only battleship museum on the West Coast.

California African American Museum
California African American Museum600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA

The California African American Museum explores the art, history, and culture of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the West.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.

Getty Research Institute
Getty Research Institute1200 Getty Center Dr #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA

The Getty Research Institute , located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, is "dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts". This centre features works of art dating from the eighth through the twenty-first century, showcased against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views of Los Angeles. The collection includes European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts and so more.

GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live
GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA

This is an interactive space where all aspects of music are experienced, explored, and celebrated. We break down the barrier between artist and audience, telling stories of how music has shaped our collective identity and cultural understanding.The Museum has interactive touch-screens, videos, recording booths, and a collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings.

Hammer Museum
Hammer Museum10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA

An art museum and cultural center known for its artist-centric and progressive array of exhibitions and public programs. Particularly important among the museum's critically acclaimed exhibitions are presentations of both historically over-looked and emerging contemporary artists.

Japanese American National Museum
Japanese American National Museum100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

This is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry as an integral part of U.S. history.The museum covers more than 130 years of Japanese-American history, dating to the first Issei generation of immigrants. It also contains artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans. There are s o many other things to see and study here. It will be a worth visit.

Kidspace Children's Museum
Kidspace Children's Museum480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA

Kidspace Children's Museum is a children's museum in Pasadena, California. It offers more than 40 hands-on exhibits, in addition to outdoor spaces, programs, and activities, which are designed to encourage a child's growth and development through exploration of the environment, investigation in science, and artistic expression.

Long Beach Museum of Art
Long Beach Museum of Art2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA

The Long Beach Museum of Art stands for democracy, for the lawful freedom of a sovereign country.The museum features exhibitions of American decorative arts, early 2Oth Century European art, California Modernism and contemporary art, including video. It includes over 4,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts objects. Particular strengths include American decorative arts objects, early 20th century European art, California Modernism.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

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.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood6933 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

A majestic wax museum, that contains numerous wax figures of famous celebrities. If you're looking to see incredibly lifelike reproductions of some of the world's most popular people. Each wax figure has its own placard placed on a wall in close physical proximity to it, containing information about the portrayed figureThe figures here have delighted all sorts of audiences with their lifelike appearances. It takes about an hour or 2 to get through all 125 figures in this museum.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA

The only Museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino Art. It is housed in a contemporary structure and is home to four galleries, a contemporary “project space” and an outdoor sculpture garden.Through ground-breaking exhibitions, educational programs and cultural events, MOLAA expands the knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American art and culture and promotes a cross-cultural dialogue.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM)900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

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.

Norton Simon Museum
Norton Simon Museum411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA

This majestic museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States, also occupies an important place in the Museum's collections. The Museum houses more than 12,000 objects, roughly 1,000 of which are on view in the galleries and gardens.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

One of the world's largest automotive museums with over 100 vehicles on display in its 25 galleries. The remaining half of the collection is kept in a vault, located on the basement level of the building. Age restrictions and an admission premium are in effect to view the vault collection.

The Broad
The Broad221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

A contemporary art museum with free general admission to its permanent collection galleries. Houses a nearly 2,000-piece collection of contemporary art, featuring 200 artists.

The Fowler Museum
The Fowler Museum308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA

The Fowler Museum explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas—past and present. It 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 Getty
The Getty1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA

Well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and photographs from the 1830s through present day from all over the world. The Museum's collection includes outdoor sculpture displayed on terraces and in gardens.

The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 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.

Map of Museums to explore in Los Angeles County