4 LA Museums You Don’t Want to Miss

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World-class museums might not be the first thing in your mind when you think of Los Angeles. However, museums and culture are an integral part of the fabric of this metropolitan with a sunny disposition.

Los Angeles has many world-class museums, from the iconic Los Angeles Museum of Art on the Miracle Mile and The GRAMMY Museum to the downtown California Science Center.

Each museum has a unique focus and ambiance, which is why you should devote enough time to see these four can’t-miss museums in Los Angeles.


California Science Center

Geek out at this museum that explores some of the world’s most fascinating topics, featuring special exhibitions like The Art of the Brick and Mission 26 (The Big Endeavour). You can also marvel at permanent exhibitions such as the A-12 Blackbird trainer plane (the only plane of its kind in the world) and the 122-foot long Endeavour (space shuttle). Indeed, California Science Center is one giant science classroom for both adults and children.

Location: 700 Exposition Park LA, California
Price: Free (except for special exhibits and the seven-story IMAX screen)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

LACMA’s massive complex houses a permanent collection of art spanning the globe, covering every historical epoch and features everything from Asian to Islamic and European art. Do not miss the stunning Latin-American art collection, which showcases pre-Columbian art and works by contemporary artists such as Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art features constantly changing film programs, courses, lectures, and temporary exhibits. These special events mean there’s always something fascinating going on at this museum of art.

Location: 5905 Wilshire Blvd LA, California
Price: Adults $12; seniors (62+) $8; students (18+) $8; kids (17 and under) free, and parking $7.

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is a perfect gateway back to the impressive Ice Age, right in the heart of Los Angeles. It offers you a chance to witness science in action at the famous La Brea Tar Pits by exploring the Lake Pits, Project 23, Dire Wolf Wall, the Fossil Lab, and stunning Ice Age Fossils.

The museum features outstanding exhibitions of mammoths and mastodons, tales from ancient pieces of art, mindboggling discoveries through excavations in the park, and more.

Location: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, LA, California
Price: $15 for adults (but reduced fees for kids and seniors)

The GRAMMY Museum

This is an educational museum devoted to the history of the GRAMMY Awards. It features interactive videos, recording booths, touch screens, and an impressive collection of music artifacts like instruments and costumes from Grammy Awards, audio-visual recordings, and hand-written lyrics.

The GRAMMY Museum breaks down the barrier between Grammy Awards winners and the audience, telling detailed stories of how music shapes our cultural understanding and collective identity. By deconstructing the entire creative process, observing music makers via a powerful social lens, and placing you (audience) in the creator role, the museum’s thought-provoking programs and exhibits showcase the legacy of music – a unique fabric that connects us all.

Location: 800 W Olympic Blvd, LA, California
Price: $13–$15

You may not spontaneously walk into any of these museums right now because timely reservations are required. However, with just a little planning, you can have a fun-packed day exploring some of the world-class museums and see why scholars and creatives flock to LA.

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