Something of a local powerhouse, the Skirball aims to look at connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and different communities around LA. Those with an interest in Jewish history will get the most from some of the exhibits (the 30,000-object collection is one of the largest holdings of Judaica in the US), but this is an egalitarian enterprise that should interest most visitors with a sense of cultural adventure.
Visions & Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America, the central exhibit, offers a lengthy but interesting trawl through Jewish history and culture, taking in everything from Jewish holidays to the Holocaust. It is joined by Noah's Ark, a wonderful kid-oriented exhibit that explores cultural differences through a retelling of the old animals-two-by-two tale. Folk art-esque animals hang from the ceilings and peer out from a mock-ark; hands-on interaction is encouraged as part of the most enjoyable family-friendly exhibit in the LA region.
These two headline-grabbing permanent exhibits are supplemented by a decent café and a pleasing garden; a lively program of temporary exhibitions on everything from teenage immigration to Bob Dylan; talks and discussions, many related to ongoing displays; and an unexpectedly rich schedule of concerts and other performances. The Skirball might be off the beaten tourist track, but it's well worth the diversion.
|Venue name:||Skirball Cultural Center|
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri noon-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm|
|Price:||$10; $7 Seniors 65+ and full-time students; $5 children 2-12; free for children under 2. Free to all Thu. Parking free with admission.|
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Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts
The Skirball puts on its annual series of free summer concerts, highlighting indie, folk and world music from L.A. and beyond. Guests can arrive early and visit the museum’s galleries for free, dine under the stars and grab a seat for the show in the...Thursday August 22 2019 Free
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“Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs”
Years before he'd put the unmistakable imagery of 2001 and The Shining to celluloid, Stanley Kubrick was a teenage photojournalist in New York. The Skirball is celebrating that lesser-known period in Kubrick's career with a collection of over 130 of his...Exhibitions Thursday October 17 2019 - Sunday March 8 2020
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“Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds”
Space: the final frontier. This is the voyage of a traveling pop culture exhibition. Its latest mission: to stop by L.A.’s Skirball Cultural center. “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” is set to land at the Skirball in 2020 with a visual examination of...Exhibitions Thursday April 30 2020 - Sunday September 6 2020