Museums in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has no shortage of museums! On this list the Getty stands in for a whole array of solid art museums (more are collected on this art museum list).

At the corner Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue is a cluster of museums, home to the Petersen Automotive Museum and Page Museum from this list, as well as the acclaimed Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. You really can get your fill of museum time here!

Similarly, the Exposition Park area near downtown is home to a cluster of cultural sites, including the Natural History Museum (dinosaurs!!) and the California Science Center (a large hands-on type of place with a SR-71 airplane in the parking lot and an attached IMAX).

If the history of the American West is of primary interest, a good place to start is the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. . . more historical sites and exhibits are collected on this history and heritage guide.

Out in Culver City is the eclectic Museum of Jurassic Technology with its cabinet of wonders approach. Right across the street is the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), featuring exhibits that explore aspects of the modern built environment.

Long Beach is represented here via the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Once you are in the South Bay, there are a bunch of aquarium options to check out. These range from the large and spiffy Aquarium of the Pacific to smaller and more budget-friendly options like Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium (nearby in Manhattan Beach), and the offbeat Marine Mammal Care Center.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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900 Exposition Blvd
Exposition Park

Adventure Calls... read more

California Science Center

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700 State Dr
Exposition Park

Science Class was Never this Fun... read more

The Getty Center Los Angeles

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1200 Getty Center Dr

Petersen Automotive Museum

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6060 Wilshire Blvd
At Fairfax Ave

Celebrates L.A.'s Car Culture... read more

La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

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5801 Wilshire Blvd
East of Fairfax Ave

Ice Age Fossils on Display... read more

Fowler Museum at UCLA

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405 Hilgard Avenue
UCLA North Campus

More than 750,000 artifacts... read more

Autry National Center - Museum of the American West

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4700 Western Heritage Way
(Griffith Park)

Western history... read more

Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Foot of 6th Street, Berth 84
84 Berth

Local nautical memorabilia... read more

Museum of Jurassic Technology

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9341 Venice Boulevard

One-of-a-kind museum... read more

The Fiske Museum

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450 North College Way
(Claremont Colleges)

1,400 musical instruments... read more
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