The best art, history, culture and science museums in LA.

Art museums

Santa Monica Museum of Art

SMMoA hosts lively exhibitions by local and international contemporary artists.

  1. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue
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Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

  • Critics choice

The Gehry-designed space houses more esoteric artists than the main Grand Avenue branch.

  1. 152 N Central Ave, at 1st St
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Museum of Latin American Art

Artists from every Latin American country are represented in architect Manuel Rosen's magnificent

  1. 628 Alamitos Avenue, (at E 6th Street)
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Getty Villa

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  • Free

Oil baron J. Paul Getty's collection of Mediterranean antiquities are housed in this seaside villa.

  1. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway
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Norton Simon Museum

  • Critics choice

A beautifully designed museum with an impressive collection of Old Masters.

  1. 411 W Colorado Boulevard, between N Orange Grove Boulevard & N St John Avenue
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Craft & Folk Art Museum

This is LA's only public showcase devoted to functional and informal art.

  1. 5814 Wilshire Blvd, between S Curson & S Stanley Avenues
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Fowler Museum

Contemporary artworks representing cultures from all over the globe are the focus at this gem of a

  1. UCLA North Campus, 308 Charles E Young Drive North
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Vincent Price Art Museum

This museum, which reopened in 2011 inside a flashy new 40,000-square-foot building, is named after

  1. 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
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Science & nature museums

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Jurassic is a fascinating repository of curiosities, scientific wonders and artistic miracles.

  1. 9341 Venice Blvd
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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Dinosaur specimens from the adjacent tar pits—some up to 40,000 years old—are on display at the

  1. 5801 Wilshire Boulevard
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Natural History Museum

  • Critics choice

More than 35 million objects are housed in LA's oldest museum.

  1. 900 Exposition Boulevard, between S Figueroa Street & S Vermont Avenue
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California ScienCenter

  • Free

Hands-on science exhibits, live habitats and the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

  1. Exposition Park, 700 State Drive, between S Figueroa Street & S Vermont Avenue
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Culture & history museums

Skirball Cultural Center

  • Critics choice

Skirball looks at connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and different communities

  1. 2701 N Sepulveda Boulevard, at I-405
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Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

  • Critics choice

The art collection and grounds are as notable as the holdings of the Huntington Library.

  1. 1151 Oxford Road, off Huntington Drive
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California African American Museum

This handsome museum and research library focuses on the artistic and historical achievements of

  1. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive
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A+D Museum

Progressive architecture and design are what the A&D is all about.

  1. 6032 Wilshire Blvd
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Chinese American Museum

Exhibits spotlight the history of LA's Chinatown and the experience of Chinese Americans in the US.

  1. 425 N Los Angeles St, at Arcadia St
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Paley Center for Media

This is the place to go if you love TV.

  1. 465 N Beverly Dr
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California Heritage Museum

Surfboard design and fruit box labels are among the exhibits at this funky little museum

  1. 2612 Main St
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Museum of Tolerance

  • Critics choice

Involving and enlightening, the Museum of Tolerance is devoted to combating prejudice.

  1. 9786 W Pico Boulevard
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