Museums in Los Angeles, Usa
The Getty Center (J. Paul Getty Museum), 1200 Getty Center Drive. Tues – Fri and Sun 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon: CLOSED. Designed by renowned architect Richard Meier to reflect the area’s natural sunlight, the museum is located at the top of the Santa Monica Mountains with views of the L.A. basin and the Pacific Ocean. It also has its own breathtaking gardens. The Getty Center is home to an extensive art collection and is widely regarded as one of the finest art museums in the U.S. Entrance is free though you will pay for parking.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 250 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. M/F: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (5 – 8 p.m. is free), Sat/Sun: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The only contemporary art museum in Los Angeles, there are two branches located downtown, and an additional one at the Pacific Design Center on Melrose Avenue. It features rotating exhibits.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Mon, Tues and Thurs: 12 – 8 p.m. Fri: 12 – 9 p.m., Sat, Sun: 11 am – 8 p.m. Wed: CLOSED.. Since its inception in 1965, LACMA has been devoted to collecting art that spans both history and geography—and represents Los Angeles’ diverse population. It features over 100,000 Asian, Latin American, European, and American works of art. It also has a stunning permanent outdoor installation of 200 cast iron street lamps that light up Wilshire Boulevard at night. LACMA hosts regular weekly Sundays Live free classical concerts at its Bing Theatre from 6-7 p.m. Live and free Friday outdoor jazz concerts from 6 – 7 p.m. April through November. After 5 p.m. Pay what you wish, Second Tuesday of every month FREE, Target Holiday Mondays FREE.
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Mon – Sun: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. This Museum covers everything from dinosaurs to nature and more. The Dinosaur Hall has more than 300 real fossils and 20 complete dinosaurs including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series (three different specimens). There’s also an insect zoo, a butterfly pavilion, a Dino lab and an edible gardens. The Gem and Mineral Hall houses 2,000 pieces and has a vault to view diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other gems.
La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Boulevard. Commonly shortened to just the “La Brea Tar Pits” in the area. They hold the only urban, active Ice Age excavation site on Earth. The museum showcases mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and other fossils that were discovered in the pits. You can stroll alongside the pits where tar is still bubbles and watch active fossil excavation sites. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago.
The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 West Pico Blvd. Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early close on Fri 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov-Mar. Sat: CLOSED. The multi-media museum examines racism and prejudice in the United States and the world with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust. It is sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The Japanese American National Museum opened in 1992 in Little Tokyo, 369 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. Tu-Su: 11AM-5PM; Th 12PM-8PM. Covers the Japanese American experience, with a special emphasis on the concentration camps of World War II.
The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades., . Wed – Mon 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues: CLOSED. The original J. Paul Getty museum (before the Getty Center was built), houses Getty’s vast antiquities collection. Along with its array of Greek, Roman and Etruscan artifacts, the Villa is perched high above the Pacific Ocean with stunning views. An outdoor Greek theater holds regular evening performances and the gardens have been recreated to reflect ancient Roman design complete with reflecting ponds, fountains and Mediterranean plants. Entrance is free but the parking costs. Entry tickets must be purchased in advance online.
Norton Simon Museum, 411 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Mon 12-5 p.m., Tues: CLOSED, Wed-Thurs 12-5 p.m., Fri-Sat 11a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The museum is home to one of the most diverse collections European paintings and sculptures spanning works from the 14th through the 20th century. There are more than 12,000 works of art in the museum – from Simon’s private collection. Approximately a thousand of them are on display in the museum’s buildings and gardens. The sculpture garden is a major draw with its stunning pond filled with water lilies and tranquil surrounding walking paths.