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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 →

Undeniably, LACMA pulls LA’s biggest art exhibits—and many of them. The campus is huge, the permanent exhibits are great, and it’s all kid-friendly, too. — goop

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

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

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

The Getty Center

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

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

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

Set in the hills above Brentwood, The Getty Center is one of North America's premier art collections and is FREE. — Afar Magazine

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

The Getty Museum is spread over two lavish campuses — The Telegraph

Griffith Observatory

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

Los Angeles institution, the Griffith Observatory opened in 1935 with the mission of “inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.” — Travel + Leisure

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

Its planetarium boasts the world’s most advanced star projector, and astronomical displays touch on the evolution of the telescope, and the ultraviolet x-rays used to map our solar system. — Lonely Planet

Take advantage of the many free features inside the observatory including a working tesla coil, an interactive solar system display, and, on clear evenings, free public telescopes. — Afar Magazine

Get your science on. — Not For Tourists

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Downtown 93 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

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 Gehry.  — The Telegraph

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

Gehry's architectural masterpiece. — Not For Tourists

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

Opened in 1913 in a beautiful domed Beaux-Arts building, the museum tells the story of the planet with 35 million specimens and artifacts, including meteorites dating back 4.5 billion years. — Frommer's

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

Kids just love the dinosaur fossils. — Not For Tourists

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

Museum of Tolerance

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

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

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

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

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

Run by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, this museum uses interactive technology to make visitors confront racism and bigotry, with particular focus given to the Holocaust. — Lonely Planet

The Gamble House

Los Angeles 92 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

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

Design, art, and architecture. — Not For Tourists

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

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

The Grammy Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles 92 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. — Travel + Leisure

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

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 Huntington is a beautiful, cultural destination — Afar Magazine

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

Petersen Automotive Museum

Central L.A 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

The Getty Villa

Los Angeles 88 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

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

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

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

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

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Norton Simon Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Broad

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

Opened in 2015, Eli Broad’s blockbuster new contemporary art museum has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors — Travel + Leisure

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

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

This museum in an intriguing, honeycomb-looking building was created by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad (rhymes with "road") to showcase their stunning private collection of contemporary art. — Fodor's

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

Japanese American National Museum

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

The museum occupies an 85,000-square-foot adjacent pavilion as well as its original site in a renovated 1925 Buddhist temple. — Fodor's

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

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

Bradbury Building

Downtown 87 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

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

This National Historic Landmark, built in 1893 and designed by George Wyman, is Los Angeles's oldest commercial building and one of the city's most revered architectural achievements. — Frommer's

Stunning wrought-iron railing, blond-wood and brick interior, ornate moldings, pink marble staircases, Victorian-style skylighted atrium that rises almost 50 feet, and a birdcage elevator. — Fodor's

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

Skirball Cultural Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Museum of Contemporary Art

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

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

The galleries are inundated with works by groundbreakers like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cindy Sherman. — Fodor's

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

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

The structure remains a branch of MOCA and is used for presentation of large-scale exhibits as well as changing displays of works from the museum's permanent collection. — Michelin Guide

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