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Skirball Cultural Center
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Time Out Says

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.


2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles
$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.
Opening hours:
Tue-Fri noon-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
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“Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds”

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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. After missing its 2020 debut because of, you know, everything happening here on Earth, “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” has finally landed at the Skirball. The exhibition celebrates the sci-fi franchise’s impact on culture, art and technology and its futuristic vision of inclusiveness—but mostly, it shows off some particularly cool Trek relics. Originally organized by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle, “Exploring New Worlds” features over 100 artifacts, set pieces and props—from communicators to phasers to Borg cubes to tribbles—from the television series, spin-offs and films. The original series and its subsequent movies are the most well-represented, but you’ll find a little bit from just about everything that followed, up through Discovery (the insistence in one video that the J.J. Abrams-launched alternative universe movies are still going strong certainly dates the exhibition to a specific time in the franchise’s history). Even if you’re not a Trekkie, you’re sure to recognize some of the things on display here: Captain Kirk’s command chair (there’s a replica in the lobby for photo ops) and the navigation console from Star Trek: The Original Series; costumes worn by Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and Patrick Stewart (Spock, Uhura and and Picard, respectively); filming models of the U.S.S. Enterprise, U.S.S. Excels

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