Best Los Angeles Museums

Getty Center

Now called the Getty Villa, a coastal mansion filled with antiques that is also worth a visit is J.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Chris Burden’s Urban Light, a piece made up of 202 cast-iron street lamps gathered from around L.A. and restored to working order.

Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

The bequest of entrepreneur Henry E. Huntington is now one of the most enjoyable attractions in the Los Angeles region.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Filmmaking history has finally found a permanent home in L.A., and it's filled with cinematic treasures like that.

The Broad

Three words: Infinity Mirror Room. Yayoi Kusama's Two Intensives at Downtown's ever-popular Museum of Contemporary Art.

Hammer Museum

Industrialist Armand Hammer founded this museum in 1990, primarily to house his own collection, and it opened just three weeks before he died. 

Natural History Museum

The NHM’s original Beaux Arts structure was the first museum building in L.A., opening in 1913 with Exposition Park itself.

MOCA Grand Ave

The main branch of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art houses thousands of artworks crafted from 1940 to today, and it’s an efficient primer on post-war art. 

Getty Villa

In 1974, oil magnate J. Paul Getty opened a museum of his holdings in a faux villa. Eventually the decorative arts and paintings were moved to the Getty Center.

Norton Simon Museum

The Norton Simon’s Frank Gehry-helmed makeover in the late 1990s raised the museum’s profile, but it also helped to expand the range of the museum’s collection.

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