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Skirball Cultural Center

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Time Out says

This hillside campus off the 405 aims to look at connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and communities within L.A. The permanent display are both beautiful and enriching, with a 25,000-object collection that’s among the largest holdings of Judaica in the country. Little ones will love Noah’s Ark, a wonderful kid-oriented, playground-like exhibit that explores cultural differences through a retelling of the old animals-two-by-two tale.

Meanwhile, the more headline-grabbing temporary exhibitions often focus on prominent Jewish figures (Leonard Bernstein and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, among them) or beloved pieces of pop culture (like Star Trek and the creations of Jim Henson). You’ll find an unexpectedly rich schedule of concerts and other performances, too, particularly in the summer when the courtyard often plays host to live music and movies.


2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles
$12; seniors, students, kids over 12 $9; kids 2–12 $7; kids under 2 free; free Thu
Opening hours:
Tue–Fri noon–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm
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This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers from the Civil Rights Movement

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See more than 150 powerful photographs shot by nine photographers in this civil rights movement exhibition at the Skirball. A mix of photos of daily life, protests and key figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the black-and-white photos on display here put the focus on both the people in front of the camera and the activists beind the lens. “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement” is part of a trio of exhibitions at the museum this fall, including “The American Library,” a colorful collection of six thousand textile-wrapped books with the names of immigrants on their spines from artist Yinka Shonibare, and “RECLAIMED: A Family Painting,” a portrait of multiple generations of the Bloch as told through the Nazi seizure and eventual recovery of a painting that hung in their living room in Czechoslovakia.

Late Night! This Light of Ours

Check out civil rights movement photo exhibition “This Light of Ours” after hours, dance to live music by Serafia Blues Band, catch in-gallery performances by BODYTRAFFIC Dance Company and partake in printmaking from Self Help Graphics during this evening event at the Skirball.  

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