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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Central L.A 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From King Tut to Jasper Johns, this museum covers it all. — Not For Tourists

Without a doubt, LACMA is the focal point of the museum district that runs along Wilshire Boulevard. — Fodor's

LACMA's permanent collection of over 100,000 works includes everything from extraordinary Asian antiquities to period costumes to contemporary artworks. — Concierge

Dedicated to contemporary art, MOCA consistently mounts boundary-pushing, provocative shows. — Condé Nast Traveler

On Friday nights the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) hosts live jazz from April to November each year. Jazz at LACMA has run for more than 20 years, and many L.A. residents... — Afar Magazine

The Getty Center

Westside 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A gleaming cluster of low-lying buildings holds one of the nation's most extensive facilities for the study, conservation and presentation of visual art. — Michelin Guide

With its curving walls and isolated hilltop perch, the Getty Center resembles a pristine fortified city of its own. — Fodor's

The Getty Museum is spread over two lavish campuses. The most extravagant, the original Getty Villa in Malibu, is a modern recreation of a First century Roman villa built by oil tycoon J... — The Telegraph

Cool buildings (Meier), great garden (Irwin), fabulous views (G-d). — Not For Tourists

This is architect Richard Meier's masterwork, a stunning 110-acre modernist complex in the Santa Monica Mountains housing the Getty Museum and other foundation buildings. — Concierge

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"If every person could look through that telescope," declared Griffith J Griffith, "it would revolutionize the world". — Time Out

This 72-year-old Greek Revival landmark on a hilltop in Griffith Park is one of L.A.'s most recognizable icons, forever enshrined in the zeitgeist by the movie Rebel Without a Cause. — Concierge

High on a hillside overlooking the city, the Griffith Observatory is one of the most celebrated icons of Los Angeles. — Fodor's

From a promontory on the south slope of 1,625ft Mt. Hollywood, Griffith Park's highest peak, this Art Deco observatory (1935) was donated by Col. Griffith at a cost of $255,780. — Michelin Guide

Made world-famous in the film Rebel Without a Cause, Griffith Observatory's bronze domes have been Hollywood Hills landmarks since 1935. — Frommer's

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Downtown 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Both the Guggenheim in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles are spiraling metal jewel-like buildings designed by America’s most popular contemporary architect, Frank... — The Telegraph

A molten blend of steel, music and psychedelic architecture, this iconic concert venue is the home base of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. — Lonely Planet

Gehry's architectural masterpiece. — Not For Tourists

Designed by Frank Gehry, the hall features a 2,265-capacity auditorium with an open platform stage. — Time Out

The strikingly beautiful Walt Disney Concert Hall isn't just the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; it's a key element in an urban revitalization effort now underway Downtown. — Frommer's

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This broad, varied collection of more than 35 million specimens and artifacts from the fields of life sciences, earth sciences and history ranks third in size in the US. — Michelin Guide

Dinos to diamonds, bears to beetles, hissing roaches to African elephants – this museum will take you around the world and back millions of years in time. — Lonely Planet

The NHM's original Beaux Arts structure was the first museum building in Los Angeles, opening with Exposition Park itself back in 1913. — Time Out

This grand museum showcasing history, science, and art celebrates its 100th anniversary this year with the opening of a new permanent exhibit, Becoming L.A. — Travel + Leisure

This 1913-built beaux-arts museum has the same quaint feel of many natural history museums, with enclosed dioramas of animals in their natural habitats. — Fodor's

Museum of Tolerance

Los Angeles 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A humbling experience that is worth a visit. — Not For Tourists

A mutli-media museum that chronicles the atrocities of racism.  — Atlas Obscura

The Museum of Tolerance was seen as a daring enterprise: a museum devoted to an abstract concept rather than a specific type of artifact. — Time Out

The Museum of Tolerance is designed to expose prejudices, bigotry, and inhumanity while teaching racial and cultural tolerance. — Frommer's

Dedicated in 1993, this museum of ideas has two principal goals: raising awareness of racism and prejudice in American life, and exploring atrocities against humanity throughout history. — Michelin Guide

The Gamble House

Los Angeles 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A masterpiece of the Arts and Crafts movement, this house was the winter residence of David Gamble, heir of the Procter & Gamble soap company. — Michelin Guide

It’s the exquisite attention to detail that impresses most at the Gamble House, a 1908 masterpiece of Craftsman architecture built by Charles and Henry Greene. — Lonely Planet

Design, art, and architecture. — Not For Tourists

The huge two-story Gamble House, built in 1908 as a California vacation home for the wealthy family of Procter and Gamble fame, is a sublime example of Arts and Crafts architecture. — Frommer's

Programming at the Gamble House is exceptional—there are tours that focus on things like the art glass or the details and joinery in the house. — Time Out

The Grammy Museum

Downtown 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Displays include artifacts like Jennifer Lopez's infamous green Grammy dress, Billie Holiday's costume jewelry, and Leadbelly's prison pardon. — Frommer's

This museum dedicated to the history of recorded music brings the music-making process to life through a variety of interactive exhibits. — Travel + Leisure

Wind your way through four floors of rock star memorabilia, film clips and interactive exhibits (belt your heart out in a fake recording studio!) at this 30,000sq ft museum on the LA Live campus. — Time Out

Easily the highlight of LA Live. Music lovers will get lost in interactive exhibits, which define, differentiate and link musical genres, while live footage strobes from all corners. — Lonely Planet

Head to the wildly entertaining interactive Grammy Museum—a space that brings the music industry's history to life. — Fodor's

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The former estate of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington is one of southern California’s most magnificent. Spread over 120 impeccably manicured acres just outside Pasadena, the grand... — Travel + Leisure

The Huntington is a beautiful, cultural destination. The library exhibits are wonderful, and include famous titles like Audubon's Birds of America. The art collection features well-known... — Afar Magazine

One of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region. — Time Out

The jewel in Pasadena's crown. The 207-acre hilltop estate was once home to industrialist and railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington. — Frommer's

The Huntington comprises one of the world's finest research libraries of rare books and manuscripts; a world-class collection of 18-19C British art, French and American works; and... — Michelin Guide

Autry Museum of the American West

Los Angeles 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Named after the famous singing cowboy entertainer Gene Autry, the Autry Museum ranges from American Indian textiles & art to old Western movie paraphernalia. — On the Grid

This museum, housed in a contemporary Mission Revival-style building (1988), is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the American West. — Michelin Guide

North of Downtown in Griffith Park, this is one of the country's finest and most comprehensive museums of the American West. — Frommer's

It's actually a very engaging exploration of the West, outlining its history and detailing the myths that came to surround it. — Time Out

Want to know how the West was really won? Then mosey over to this excellent museum. — Lonely Planet

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Hammer Museum

Westside 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum, primarily to house his own collection. — Time Out

There’s always something excellent on display at this UCLA museum—it’s also nicely manageable, making it the perfect way to spend a few idle hours. — goop

Created by the former chairman and CEO of Occidental Petroleum, the Hammer Museum is ensconced in a two-story Carrara marble building attached to the oil company's offices. — Frommer's

This university art museum presents a diverse schedule of historical and contemporary art exhibits (in 1999, Persian paintings, Soviet design, women photographers, Oscar Wilde). — Michelin Guide

Cutting-edge art museum with largely contemporary exhibits. — Not For Tourists

The Getty Villa

Los Angeles 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In 1974, oil magnate J Paul Getty opened a museum of his holdings in a faux villa in Malibu, based on the remains of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum. — Time Out

Some 44,000 different works, concentrating on the ancient Greeks, the Etruscans, and the Romans. — Concierge

Although self-described as the Getty Villa Malibu, this famous museum in a replica 1st-century Roman villa is actually in Pacific Palisades. — Lonely Planet

The museum's permanent collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts -- dating from 6500 B.C. to A.D. 400 -- consists of more than 1,200 works in 23 galleries arranged by theme. — Frommer's

The antiquities are astounding, but on a first visit even they take a backseat to their environment. This megamansion sits on some of the most valuable coastal property in the world. — Fodor's

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Norton Simon Museum

Los Angeles 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Elegantly displayed in a spare contemporary building are 1,000 works from a private art collection spanning seven centuries of European painting and sculpture and 2,00 years of Asian... — Michelin Guide

Visit industrialist Norton Simon’s huge collection of fine art, including works by Degas, Renoir, Gauguin, and Cézanne. — Travel + Leisure

The Norton Simon displays one of the finest private collections of European, American, and Asian art in the world. — Frommer's

Rodin’s The Thinker is only a mind-teasing overture to the full symphony of art in store at this exquisite museum. — Lonely Planet

It's one of the finest small museums anywhere, with an excellent collection that spans more than 2,000 years of Western and Asian art. — Fodor's

Japanese American National Museum

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The first museum in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese-American history occupies the renovated former Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (1925) and a Pavilion (1998), linked by a plaza. — Michelin Guide

The story of Japanese immigration to the US really begins in 1882, when bosses were barred from importing cheap Chinese labor by the Chinese Exclusion Act. — Time Out

Chronicling the Japanese experience in the US. — Not For Tourists

A great first stop in Little Tokyo, this is the country’s first museum dedicated to the Japanese immigrant experience. — Lonely Planet

In an architecturally acclaimed modern building in Little Tokyo, this soaring pavilion -- designed by renowned architect Gyo Obata -- is a private nonprofit institute. — Frommer's

Bradbury Building

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Across the street from Grand Central Market is the city’s oldest landmarked building (the first floor is open to the public). — Condé Nast Traveler

Eclectic and dramatic Victorian masterpiece that was featured in Blade Runner. — Not For Tourists

Bathed in diffuse natural light from a skylight roof, the atrium features lacelike wrought-iron railings, stair frames and open-cage elevators; red-oak trim and paneling. — Michelin Guide

This 1893 building is one of LA’s undisputed architectural jewels. — Lonely Planet

Along a series of dilapidating structures is an unassuming office building built of crimson brick, sandstone, and terra cotta. Breach the arched entryway and be amazed by light-filled... — On the Grid

Skirball Cultural Center

Westside 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Within it traces Jewish life including immigration to resettlement into America in a rotating exhibit "Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America". — Fodor's

This vibrant museum and cultural center uses the history of the Jewish experience as a starting point to tell larger stories about multiculturalism in America and the progress of... — Travel + Leisure

The West Coast's preeminent Jewish cultural center and museum has taken selections from its vast repository... and arranged them into an impressive permanent exhibition. — Michelin Guide

Although it’s, technically speaking, the country’s largest Jewish museum and cultural center, the Skirball has something for all. — Lonely Planet

This strikingly modern museum/cultural center is quick to remind us that Jewish history is about more than the Holocaust. — Frommer's

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A collection that arcs from the 1940s to the present and includes works by Mark Rothko, Dan Flavin, Joseph Cornell and other big-shot contemporary artists. — Lonely Planet

Known for its provocative, ambitious, and sometimes difficult exhibits, MOCA is L.A.’s only museum focusing solely on art from 1940 to the present. — Frommer's

Hallmark events have included tributes to pioneering architects like Louis I. Kahn and Frank Gehry... plus celebrations of genres like graffiti art. — Travel + Leisure

Before the 1986 completion of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)'s California Plaza building, its first shows were held in this former warehouse complex with interiors redesigned for... — Michelin Guide

Received much well-deserved attention for its wildly popular Andy Warhol retrospective. — Not For Tourists

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Central L.A 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.  — Atlas Obscura

Kids will get a kick out of this natural wonderland, where tar has bubbled up from the earth for tens of thousands of years. — Travel + Leisure

Visitors to this museum on the site of the famous Rancho La Brea Tar Pits can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago. — Michelin Guide

Back in 1875, a group of amateur paleontologists discovered animal remains in the pits at Rancho La Brea, which bubbled with asphalt from a petroleum lake under what is now Hancock Park. — Time Out

A truly bizarre primal pool on Museum Row where hot tar has been bubbling from the earth for more than 40,000 years. — Frommer's

Petersen Automotive Museum

Central L.A 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When the Petersen opened in 1994, many locals were surprised that it had taken this long for the city of freeways to salute its most important shaper. — Frommer's

What better place to explore the impact of the car on culture than Los Angeles? The Peterson Automotive Museum has been doing just that since its opening in 1994. — Time Out

The Petersen is likely to be one of the coolest museums in town with its take on some of the most unusual creations on wheels and rotating exhibits of the icons who drove them. — Fodor's

Once strictly off-limits, this lower level housing curious and priceless vehicles of the Petersen Automotive Museum is now open to the public.  — Atlas Obscura

Like you don't see enough cars in LA. Mediocre. — Not For Tourists

California Science Center

Los Angeles 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest and oldest institution of its kind in the western US, this facility-formerly the California Museum of Science and Industry-presents a variety of educational exhibits. — Michelin Guide

Come for the exhibits and high-wire bicycle acts. — Not For Tourists

This hands-on science and technology museum is a blast for curious young minds. — Travel + Leisure

Using high-tech sleight of hand, the center stimulates kids of all ages with questions, answers, and lessons about the world. — Frommer's

A fusion of two longstanding prior facilities, the California Science Center opened in 1998 in a bright, airy building directly in front of the Rose Garden in Exposition Park. — Time Out

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