Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. Now, under the ownership of UCLA, the Hammer stages fascinating shows of modern art, photography and design, from video installations to American comic art. The shows are supplemented by the Hammer's public events calendar—arguably one of the best in the city—chock full of free lectures and talks, concerts, films and screenings, performances, parties and more. And, as if this museum couldn't get any more friendly to the public, the Hammer now offers free admission every day.
Westwood and the Spanish-tiled storefronts of Westwood Village are inextricably tied to the UCLA campus, but there are plenty of things to do in Westwood that don't require tuition. Whether you're checking out the area's essential museums, historic movie theaters and hidden gardens or cruising through the stunning estates of Holmby Hills, you'll find plenty of things to do in Westwood.