Planning a vacation to Los Angeles? Our insiders put together a list of top LA museums that you should consider adding to your itinerary.
Los Angeles is home to many great museums that offer a diverse array of subjects for visitors to explore.
Take a break from trying to spot a celebrity and be sure to visit a few of Los Angeles top museums.
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A few of the museums available on the Go Los Angeles Card include…
- Hollywood Museum
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- GRAMMY Museum
- Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
- La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Catch the richest, most thorough glimpse into the history of showbiz at the famous Hollywood Museum.
With thousands of real artifacts and props from the big screen, restored makeup rooms, and elaborate movie sets, this museum epitomizes Hollywood.
Be sure to check out the extensive Marilyn Monroe exhibit, one of the museum’s most popular displays. If you want to see Rocky’s boxing gloves or Paris Hilton’s party dresses, this is the place.
Meet all of Hollywood’s most popular celebrities under one roof…sort of. Located next to the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, this wax museum is the best of its kind.
Get up close to over 100 astounding life-like wax figures. Pose with Johnny Depp, Clark Gable, Beyonce, and tons of Hollywood’s most beloved characters.
Make sure to bring your camera to this 3-story celebrity hangout, a photograph with your favorite star is the ultimate Hollywood souvenir!
Travel back to the last Ice Age when mammoths and saber-tooth cats roamed through Los Angeles at one of the world’s most famous fossil museums.
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is celebrated for having the largest and most diverse collection of extinct Ice Age animals and plants in the world.
A unique aspect of this museum is that visitors can get up close to the action by watching scientists at work in the excavation pits of the Page Museum Laboratory and see bones being cleaned and repaired.
Check out Hancock Park, outside the Museum, to see life-size replicas of several extinct mammals.
Discover how music affects our emotions and enriches our lives at one of L.A.’s best pop culture museums.
This non-profit educational institution was inspired by the GRAMMY Awards, which celebrate the best of musical accomplishment.
Through interactive exhibits, you’ll go behind the scenes of the music-making and recording processes and learn about the history of the GRAMMYs.
Feel the excitement of being at the Awards show firsthand as you lounge in the Museum’s 200-seat Theater and watch The Making of a GRAMMY Moment.
This one-of-a-kind museum located at the heart of L.A. and captures the spirit of Los Angeles.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is home to one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history.
Explore the planet’s biodiversity and natural history at this dynamic learning laboratory.
Exhibit highlights include: real dinosaur and mammal fossils, natural gems and minerals, habitat dioramas, and ancient Latin American archaeological treasures.
Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at paleontologists at work in the Dino Lab where dinosaur fossils are prepared daily.
The Huntington is a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington and home to an expansive collection of rare books and manuscripts of Anglo-American civilization, art collections, and botanical gardens.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate the museum’s 650 paintings and 440 works of sculpture focus on two distinct areas—European art from the 15th to the early 20th century, and American art from the late 17th to the mid-20th century.
Qualified scholars will enjoy the library, one of the most complete research libraries in the United States in its field of British and American history.
The ever-changing exhibit of botanical gardens covers 120 acres and features a Teaching Greenhouse where visitors can learn some fundamentals of botany.
The Broad Museum (free general admission!)
Newly opened in 2015, The Broad Museum is a new contemporary art museum in LA.
The museum contains more than 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is includes some of the prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.
The Broad Museum features two floors of gallery space to showcase the comprehensive collection and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library.
The Broad Museum offers free general admission!
J. Paul Getty Museum (The Getty Center)
Located on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains is L.A.’s visual arts mecca. The Getty Center houses a variety of genres and mediums including European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.
The building, an architectural masterpiece itself designed by Richard Meier, offers beautiful gardens, open spaces, and one of the best views of the city.
The Getty’s constantly changing exhibitions combined with its outstanding permanent collection make it L.A.’s premier museum, attracting upwards of 1 million visitors annually.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Spanning the globe and traveling through the depths of time with its collection of artwork, the LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. This seven-building complex on 20 acres of land shares its collections through exhibits, public programs, and research facilities.
Explore the full range of creative work from multi-media artists like Tim Burton or learn about the evolution of photography. This dynamic museum is an unbeatable destination for any art-lover.
Autry National Center Museum of the American West
A truly unique museum, the Autry is an intercultural history center devoted to sharing and preserving the different stories of the diverse peoples of the American West.
A 500,000-piece collection and assorted exhibitions are designed to engage you in critical issues of society through the history of Western experience.