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Griffith Observatory

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

The Griffith Observatory is one of the best places to see the sunset, the Hollywood sign or observe the night sky. — On the Grid

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

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

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

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Central L.A 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

LACMA, is the nation's largest art museum west of Chicago... housing a broad collection ranging from Egyptian and pre-Columbian art to contemporary works. — Michelin Guide

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

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

LA’s premier art museum, LACMA is an Aladdin’s cave of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts stretching across ages and borders. — Lonely Planet

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

The Getty Center

Westside 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stunning 110-acre modernist complex in the Santa Monica Mountains houses the Getty Museum... showcasing big-ticket pieces from the likes of Cézanne and Van Gogh. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

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

The Richard Meier-designed Getty Center has quickly assumed its place in the L.A. landscape (literally and figuratively) as the city's cultural acropolis and international mecca. — Frommer's

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

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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

The Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall is a must see in downtown Los Angeles. — Afar Magazine

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

Rising dramatically over downtown Los Angeles, the colossal stainless steel curves that comprise the exterior of this world-renowned concert hall create an immediate and powerful impression. — Travel + Leisure

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

Los Angeles' hilltop mecca for the performing arts is an elegant group of three white marble structures and the imposing 2003 Walt Disney Concert Hall, occupying a 10-acre elevated plaza. — Michelin Guide

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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

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

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

Kids just love the dinosaur fossils. — Not For Tourists

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

Museum of Tolerance

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

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

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

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

Using interactive technology, this important museum (part of the Simon Wiesenthal Center) challenges visitors to confront bigotry and racism. — Fodor's

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 Gamble House

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

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

The Gamble House is a National Historic landmark. It is a house built in the early 1900s, which exemplifies the American Arts and Crafts style of architecture. It is beautiful inside and out. — On the Grid

Design, art, and architecture. — Not For Tourists

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

Built by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908, this is a spectacular example of American Arts and Crafts bungalow architecture. — 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 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. — Michelin Guide

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

If you have time for just one stop in the Pasadena area, be sure to see this sprawling estate built for railroad tycoon Henry E. Huntington. — Fodor's

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 is a beautiful, cultural destination — Afar Magazine

Autry Museum of the American West

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

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

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

Wild West history in Hollywood style.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

Hammer Museum

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

The museum really shines when it comes to cutting-edge contemporary exhibits featuring local, under-represented and controversial artists. — Lonely Planet

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

Art museum and cultural center that is free and open to the public! With over 300 programs a year, the Hammer Museum showcases a variety of happenings from lectures, screenings, to special exhibits. — On the Grid

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

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

The Grammy Museum

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

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

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

A good choice for families - parents will find it charming and children will be in their element. — Michelin Guide

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

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 →

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

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

The museum offers a variety of exhibits for a family-friendly admission price. In the fossil lab, watch paleontologists clean and catalogue findings. — On the Grid

A bas-relief around four sides depicts life in the Pleistocene era, and the museum has more than 3 million Ice Age fossils. — Fodor's

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

Norton Simon Museum

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

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

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

The Norton Simon Museum has an astonishing collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. — On the Grid

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 sculpture — Michelin Guide

Amid beautiful gardens inspired by Monet's Giverny, this somewhat drab, boxy museum (built in 1969) had its interior spruced up by Frank Gehry in the late '90s. — Concierge

Petersen Automotive Museum

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

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

A four-story ode to the auto, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a treat even to those who can’t tell a piston from a carburetor. — Lonely Planet

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

Bradbury Building

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

Breach the arched entryway and be amazed by light-filled assembly of intricate iron work, terra cotta detailing, and an unadulterated skylight that stretches over the entire inner atrium. — On the Grid

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

The legendary building that needed ghostly approval before being built.  — Atlas Obscura

Walk inside and you’ll be rewarded by architectural treasures inspired by an 1880’s science fiction story and a Ouija board. — Travel + Leisure

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

The Getty Villa

Los Angeles 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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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The Broad

Los Angeles 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From the instant it opened in September 2015, the Broad (rhymes with “road”) became a must-visit for contemporary art fans. — Lonely Planet

The Broad, a gorgeous architectural statement that opened in late 2015, is the home of one of the best contemporary art collections in the country. — Frommer's

In addition to monumental works by the likes of Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, and Jeff Koons, be sure to peek inside the museum’s unique vault. — Departures

Even if you can’t make it inside, this architectural feat is worth viewing from the sidewalk. Upon entering, you are transported into a cave-like environment. — Afar Magazine

Will host rotating displays of the 2,000-plus era-defining artworks by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and others they’ve amassed over the years. — Condé Nast Traveler

Egyptian Theatre

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

Grauman’s earlier and more architecturally spectacular Egyptian Theatre a few blocks East on Hollywood Boulevard. — The Telegraph

Built in the wake of worldwide excitement over the discovery of King Tut's tomb, this faux-Egyptian movie palace (1922, Meyer and Holler) opened to tremendous fanfare when Sid Grauman chose it to stage the world's first Hollywood premiere — Michelin Guide

This ornate movie house, done up in Egyptian Revival style... a fun alternative to the touristy Chinese Theatre. — Condé Nast Traveler

Conceived by grandiose impresario Sid Grauman, the Egyptian Theatre is just down the street from his better-known Chinese Theatre, but it remains less altered from its original design. — Frommer's

The beautiful home of American Cinematheque features an eclectic variety of features, shorts, and documentaries. — Not For Tourists

Japanese American National Museum

Downtown 85 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

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

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

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

Skirball Cultural Center

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

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

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

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

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 democratic ideals. — Travel + Leisure

Something of a local powerhouse, the Skirball aims to look at connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and different communities around LA. — Time Out

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