Progressive architecture and design museum recently relocated from Miracle Mile to the Arts District. Continuing Come In! DTLA. Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 900 E. 4th St., downtown, 213.346.9734.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The organization that presents the Academy Awards offers exhibits. Tu–F 10 am–5 pm; Sa–Su noon–6 pm. Free. 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.247.3600 .
The Annenberg Space For Photography
Cultural venue dedicated solely to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park from the photography space.Continuing Identity: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits; #Girlgaze: a frame of mind. W-Su 11 am-6 pm. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa-Su. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000. annenbergspaceforphotography.org
Autry Museum of the American West
Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West and houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Continuing California Continued; Revolutionary Vision: Group f/64 and Richard Misrach Photographs From the Bank of America Collection; New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection; California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $4-$10, under 3 free.4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000.
Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. Otium restaurant is adjacent. Continuing Creature; Infinity Mirrored Room. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Advance online reservations encouraged. Closed on Christmas. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200.
California African American Museum
Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States.Continuing Hank Willis Thomas: Black Righteous Space; The Ease of Fiction; Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses; Politics, Race, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics, Berlin 1936; Taking Place: Selections From the Permanent Collection. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432caamuseum.org
California Heritage Museum
American decorative arts, folk art. Continuing Splash: Art by Kenton Nelson; Monterey: Furniture, Pottery & Tile. W-Su 11 am-4 pm. $5-$8, under 12 free. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8537.
California Science Center
Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Continuing The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition; Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet Through Music; Mission 26: The Big Endeavour. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623. californiasciencecenter.org
Chinese American Museum
Housed in oldest structure of L.A.’s original Chinatown. Tu-Su 10 am-3 pm. $2-$3 donation. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 425 N. Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.485.8567.
Craft and Folk Art Museum
International folk and contemporary craft art. Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. $5-$7; pay what you want Su, under 10 free. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230.
Discovery Cube L.A.
71,000-square-foot children’s science center offers traveling and permanent high-tech exhibits aimed at teaching science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living and environmental stewardship through hands-on activities. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $12.95-$17.95, under 3 free. 11800 Foothill Blvd., L.A., 818.686.2823. discoverycube.org/la
More functional art laboratory than typical museum, this El Segundo haven for artists and art lovers offers interactive “experiences” rather than exhibitions. Through May 22 Plan. 208 Main St., El Segundo, 424.277.1020.
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm. Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821. fidm.edu
Art and material culture from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas. W, F-Su noon-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. Free. Parking $3-$12. UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., L.A., 310.825.4361.
Hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Opening Dec. 20 Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media. Continuing Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th-Century Britain; The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena; The Art of Alchemy; The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts; Drawing: The Art of Change; Recent Acquisitions in Focus: Latent Narratives; Greek and Roman Sculpture From the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300. getty.edu
Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. Continuing Roman Mosaics Across the Empire. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300. getty.edu
Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history.Continuing Shining Like a National Guitar; The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival; Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles; Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk; Count Basie: The King of Swing. M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. Closed on Christmas. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800. grammymuseum.org
Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Continuing Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.
In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. Continuing Child Stars—Then and Now. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776. thehollywoodmuseum.com
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens. New education and visitor center. Continuing Van Gogh & Friends; Lari Pittman: Mood Books; Chinese Woodblock Prints; Geographies of Wonder Pt. 2; Real American Places; Folded Transformations; Orbit Pavilion. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $10-$25, under 4 free. Closed on Christmas. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141. huntington.org
Japanese American National Museum
Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus
on the Japanese American experience. Opening Dec. 10 Only the Oaks Remain: Stories of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. ContinuingTime After Time Capsule; Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II; Tatau: Marks of Polynesia. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $6-$10, under 5 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Th of the month free. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. The Observation Pit was recently reopened after 20 years. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243.
Long Beach Museum of Art
Craft and folk arts. Th 11 am-8 pm; F-Su 11 am-5 pm. $6-$7, under 12 free, Th 3-8 pm and all day F free. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.439.2119.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The largest art museum in the Western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. Through Dec. 4 Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings From the Tsao Family Collection. Opening Dec. 4 Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time. Opening Dec. 17 An Irruption of the Rainbow: Color in 20th-Century Art. Through Dec. 18 Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind. Continuing L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists; Beyond Bling: Jewelry From the Lois Boardman Collection; Toba Khedoori; The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.; CARtoons: Art of America’s Car Culture; James Turrell, Light Reignfall; Chinese Snuff Bottles From Southern California Collectors; Awazu Kiyoshi, Graphic Design: Summoning the Outdated; TV on Film; Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau; Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa; Devi: The Image of the Goddess in Nepal; John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction; Y.Z. Kami: Endless Prayers; Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach. Ongoing Rain Room; Miracle Mile; Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics. M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. Closed on Christmas. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primary source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits. Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm; F 10 am-2 pm. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. Through Dec. 18storefront: Paradise Garage (GA). Continuing Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? (GA); Doug Aitken: Electric Earth (GC); R.H. Quaytman, Morning: Chapter 30 (GA). GA and GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-Su 11 am-8 pm. $6-$12, under 12 free; free at PDC. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Gallery at Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Offbeat venue (a “specialized repository of relics and artifacts from the Lower Jurassic, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities”) blends fact and fiction. Th 2-8 pm; F-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$8 suggested donation, under 13 free. 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6131.
Museum of Tolerance
Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, human-rights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-W, F 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-9:30 pm (extended hours for Anne only). $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403. museumoftolerance.com
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Through Dec. 11 Spider Pavilion. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. Closed on Christmas. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466. nhm.org
Norton Simon Museum
Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. Opening Dec. 9 Van Gogh’s ’Bedroom’ on Loan From the Art Institute of Chicago. Continuing Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre; States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945–1960. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. Closed on Christmas.411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840. nortonsimon.org
Paley Center For Media
Exhibits, screenings and radio-listening series; tens of thousands of programs on view. W-Su noon-5 pm. Free; suggested donation $5-$10. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.786.1091.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
California art, architecture, design. Continuing In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture; Lloyd Hamrol/Joan Perlman: “a sky in the palm of a hand.” $5-$7, under 13 free, first F and third Th of the month free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665
Petersen Automotive Museum
Newly renovated museum displays some 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 10 not admitted. Closed on Christmas. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277
Skirball Cultural Center
The American Jewish experience. ContinuingPop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$12, under 2 free, free Th. Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500.
USC Pacific Asia Museum
Southeast Asian and Pacific Island art and culture. W-Su 10 am-6 pm. $7-$10, under 12 free. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.2742.