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Top 10 Museums To See While Visiting Los Angeles

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From art exhibits to science centers, Los Angeles has no shortage of museums. Here are 10 you won’t want to miss next time you’re in this beautiful city! 

Top 10 Museums In Los Angeles

1. The Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ Natural History museum offers a wide range of both permanent and temporary exhibits. You can look forward to checking out the Dinosaur Hall. Additionally, there are some interesting seasonal exhibits, such as the Spider Pavilion. The museum is currently requiring visitors to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test from the past 72 hours. 

The Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles

2. The Getty

The Getty is one of L.A’s best-known museums, and for good reason. You can look forward to checking out both the museum’s permanent exhibits as well as changing ones. You’ll also want to check out the Getty Villa museum. Though smaller, it hosts an ever-changing selection of exhibits that you won’t want to miss. Current exhibits feature art from ancient Iraq as well as a collection of classical painter Peter Paul Rubens’ works. 

The Getty

3. The California Science Center

The California Science Center is a family-friendly, interactive museum geared towards highlighting science – in a creative and hands-on way. You can look forward to educational exhibits such as “Fire! Science and Safety” as well as catching a film on the center’s IMAX screen. 

The California Science Center

4. The Museum Of Dream Space

This stunning museum will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into another world! This is truly a photographer’s – or Instagrammer's – dream. The Museum of Dream Space features digital and interactive art displays. The museum both welcomes and allows photography. Face coverings are currently required inside the museum. 

The Museum Of Dream Space

5. The La Brea Tar Pit Museum

The La Brea Tar Pit Museum highlights a unique – and slightly morbid – part of natural history. The tar pits formed thousands of years ago. They work as a sort of time capsule for the various now-extinct creatures that had the misfortune of falling into them. Fossils of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and dire wolves (among others) have all been found within the pits. 

The La Brea Tar Pit Museum

6. The Broad 

If you’re interested in contemporary art, you won’t want to miss visiting The Broad. Featuring collections of art from dozens of artists, admission is free to the museum’s permanent exhibits. Some special exhibits and events do charge a fee, however. Timed entry tickets are currently required, and can be purchased online. 

The Broad

7. Autry Museum Of The American West

Learn all about the history of the American west with a trip to this museum! The museum features all manner of artifacts from pottery to paintings. You’ll also want to check out upcoming events from Native Voices at the Autry, a theatre company that showcases indigenous voices and stories. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test is currently required.

Autry Museum Of The American West

8. Skirball Cultural Center

Learn more about culture and history with a visit to Skirball Cultural Center. The museum aims to showcase Jewish culture and history spanning back 4,000 years. It also features a variety of rotating exhibits on various other subjects. Advance reservations, as well as proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, are currently required to visit. 

Skirball Cultural Center

9. The Hollywood Museum 

The Hollywood Museum – as the name implies – features all manner of Hollywood artifacts, from movie props to original scripts. The museum is home to one of the largest collections of Hollywood memorabilia in the country. You can look forward to seeing exhibits such as Marilyn Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter's jail cell! 

10. World Of Illusions

This interactive museum is sure to make for a memorable and fun afternoon! Consisting of 4 mind-bending exhibits, you’ll also be able to take all manner of photos of your experience. The museum not only allows but encourages photography! Current exhibits include the upside-down house, the museum of illusions, the giant’s house, and smash it. 

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