Los Angeles Museums
(Los Angeles, California - CA, USA)
LA isn't short of museums and if you're stuck for something to do, Los Angeles is home to endless choices catering for all ages and interests. Museum Row, a three-block stretch along Wilshire Boulevard, is a good place to start. This area of Los Angeles boasts no less than five museums and it is quite hard to fit all these attractions into one day.
Other popular favorites include the California Science Center, which stands just across from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and will take you on a trip of scientific discovery. Alternatively, check out the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, where you can view fossils of unfortunate prehistoric creatures who met their end in this very city.
Those looking for a more contemporary and challenging place to explore in Los Angeles should try the Museum of Tolerance, which examines human prejudice through events in history.
The Getty Museum
Address: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California CA, 90049-1657, USA
Tel: +1 310 440 7300
One cultural attraction not to be missed, LA's Getty Museum is home to collections of pre-20th century paintings, manuscripts and sculptures, as well as a selection of 20th-century photographs and a small array of Greek and Roman antiquities. This modernist complex is worth a visit in its own right to see its creative use of 1.2 million square feet of travertine stone imported from Italy, while the surrounding landscaped gardens have a peaceful simplicity.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday - 10:00 to 18:00, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 21:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00
California African American Museum
Address: 600 State Drive, Exhibition Park, Los Angeles, California CA, 90037-1267, USA
Tel: +1 213 744 7432
The California African American Museum museum has an interesting selection of African American artworks in a range of media and visitors can check out paintings, sculptures, historical exhibits, the gallery shop and frequently rotating exhibitions.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
California Science Center
Address: 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California CA, 90037-1210, USA
Tel: +1 323 724 3623
Hugely popular, educational and extensive, the California Science Museum will take you on a journey of discovery. Countless exhibits, interactive displays, short films and demonstrations make this LA attraction a great place to take children, while still being informative enough to appeal to adults.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, charge for IMAX theater
Address: 2215 Lake View Avenue, Los Angeles, California CA, 90039-3635, USA
Tel: +1 323 664 3162
Explorer Antonio F. Futterer's collection of Middle Eastern artifacts is one of LA's forgotten treasures. This outstanding exhibit includes objects which are up to 2,000 years old, while the mummy casket dates to 600 BC. Guided tours will ensure that you make the very most of your visit.
Open hours: by appointment only
Admission: charge, discount for children
La Brea Tar Pits (Rancho La Brea Tar Pits)
Address: 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California CA, 90036-4539, USA
Tel: +1 323 934 7243
With proud claims as the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils, these still-bubbling tar pits, which entrapped many Ice Age creatures nearly 40,000 years ago, have now been made into a park. At the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits you can see reconstructions and fossils of the prehistoric animals including mammoths, saber-toothed cats and wolves that once inhabited this area of LA.
Open hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 16:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discount for seniors and children, children under five free
Museum of Tolerance
Address: 9786 West Pico Boulevard, Simon Wiesenthal Plaza, Los Angeles, California CA, 90035-4720, USA
Tel: +1 310 553 8403
Focusing on the issues surrounding racism and prejudice, with attention given to the Holocaust as one of the most extreme examples in modern history, LA's thought-provoking Museum of Tolerance successfully explores the issue of inhumanity through interactive exhibits, films and educational displays.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday - 11:30 to 18:30, Friday - 11:30 to 15:00, seasonal variations apply
Admission: charge, discount for seniors, students and youth
Peterson Automotive Museum
Address: 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California CA, 90036-3605, USA
Tel: +1 323 930 2277
Aptly located in a city with a huge passion for cars, the Los Angeles Peterson Automotive Museum boasts over 150 vehicles on display, including everything from classics to Cadillac convertibles. Exhibits explore our relationship with cars and their impact on our culture, while also documenting the history of automobiles. Other notable onsite attractions include the ever-popular Children's Discovery Center, a place where kids can enjoy endless hands-on exhibits.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discount for children, students and seniors