Top 10 Los Angeles Museums

Los Angeles is home to so many great museums that it can be difficult to figure out where to start. This list of the top 10 Los Angeles Museums catalogs the greatest attractions for a variety of interests, from the glamorous entertainment industry to the best of science, history, and culture.

  1. J. Paul Getty Museum (The Getty Center)

    This architectural masterpiece is L.A.'s visual arts paradise. It houses European paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. It also happens to offer one of the best views in 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.

  2. Hollywood Museum

    Catch the richest, most thorough glimpse into the history of showbiz at this famous 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, you've found the place.

  3. 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.

  4. Museum of Tolerance

    This spectacular museum, the first of its kind, provides a platform to promote tolerance and understanding. Representing all social injustices from the legacy of the Holocaust to present day discriminations, the Museum of Tolerance features unique exhibits, special events, and educational programs.

    In the Tolerancenter, you'll enter creative, interactive multimedia exhibits like "The Millennium Time Machine" and "GlobalHate.com," where you'll focus on the major issues of intolerance that are part of daily life. The museum's intent is to serve as a resource for achieving the goal of living peacefully together.

  5. 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.

    No L.A. tourist should miss this deeply interconnected display of American histories.

  6. Madame Tussauds Hollywood

    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!

  7. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

    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 Page 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 you can get up close to the action by watching scientists at work in the excavation pits of the Page Museum Laboratory. Here, you'll see bones being cleaned and repaired. Check out Hancock Park, outside the Museum, to see life-size replicas of several extinct mammals.

  8. GRAMMY Museum

    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 firsthand excitement of being at the Awards show 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.

  9. Japanese American National Museum

    In the heart of downtown LA's Little Tokyo Historic District, the Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to exploring and presenting the history and culture of Japanese Americans.

    Its permanent major exhibition, "Common Ground: The Heart of Community," tells the story of over 150 years of Japanese-American history from the first generation of immigrants to the WWII incarceration to the present.

    Through its commitment to explore Japanese-American culture and connect the United States to Japan, this educational museum has become recognized around the world.

  10. California Science Center & IMAX Theater

    The exploration of science, mathematics, technology, and art is made exciting and pertinent through creative and engaging exhibits that delight the whole family.

    You'll discover the unifying similarities between all living organisms in "World of Life" and learn how humans create technology to meet their needs at "Creative World." Be sure to check out the newest exhibition, Ecosystems, to walk through and explore 11 immersive environments of plants and animals.