Los Angeles Museums

A+D Museum
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 photographyThe Annenberg Space For Photography
Cultural venue dedicated to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park from the photography space. 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. 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.

 

The Broad
Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Otium restaurant is adjacent. 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. 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. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432. caamuseum.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-centerCalifornia Science Center
Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12. 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

ESMOA
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.

FIDMFashion 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

 

Fowler Museum
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.

 

Getty Center Getty Center
Hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300. getty.edu

 

Getty Villa Getty Villa
Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300. getty.edu

 

grammy-museum-los-angelesGrammy Museum
Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800. grammymuseum.org

 

Hammer Museum
UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations alongside its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000.

 

hollywood-museum-hollywoodHollywood Museum
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. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776. thehollywoodmuseum.com

 

huntington-library-san-marinoHuntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens, several new dining concepts and a beautiful education and visitor center. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $10-$25, under 4 free. 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. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $6-$10, under 5 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Thursday of the month free. 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. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 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.

 

lacma-los-angelesLos Angeles County Museum of Art
The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. 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. 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. GA and GC: $6-$12, under 12 free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA 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 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-los-angelesNatural 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. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466. nhm.org

 

norton-simon-museumNorton Simon Museum
Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. 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. 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. $5-$7, under 13 free, first Friday and third Thursday of the month free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665.

 

Petersen Automotive Museum
Recently renovated museum displays about 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. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277.

 

Skirball Cultural Center
Cultural venue highlights the American Jewish experience through engaging exhibitions and programs. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$12, under 2 free, free Thursdays. 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.