LACMA's collections and particularly its exhibitions and programming have long been the most impressive in the city. From Chris Burden's iconic entrance installation Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around LA, to blockbuster exhibitions like James Turrell and Rain Room, LACMA's artwork is essential. Its collections span hundreds of years and thousands of miles, from the Pavilion for Japanese Art to the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.
The history of Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, named for its sudden car-driven rise to prominence, dates back to far before the advent of the automobile. Wilshire Boulevard was once a migration route for prehistoric mammoths and a dirt path for Spanish rancheros before becoming the modern thoroughfare it is today. These days, it’s best known as L.A.’s Museum Row and an increasingly pedestrian-friendly neighborhood—Metro service is slated to reach the area in 2023.
The museum-filled business district more or less encompasses a block in each direction along Wilshire Boulevard, between Fairfax and Highland avenues. You’ll find a mix of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture alongside glassy high-rises. Discover the best Miracle Mile has to offer with the area’s best museums, restaurants, bars, shops and more.