1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, 90049–1679
The Getty Center presents the Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens, and breathtaking views. The Getty offers an impressive selection of European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs.
At any given time the museum offers a wide variety of exceptional courses and demonstrations, tours, gallery talks and exhibitions. Current exhibitions include A Masterpiece Reconstruction: The Hours of Louis XII and Pictures for the Press (focusing on pictures made to document newsworthy events from the 1940s to the 1970s).
For more information, visit www.getty.edu. Email: email@example.com Phone: (310) 440-7300
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
LACMA is a notable art museum featuring a compelling permanent collection along with varying exhibitions. At LACMA, their motto – "experience the world through art" – comes to life with exciting events such as book signings, art classes, school tours, family days and lectures.
Now through Jan. 16 experience the unique culture that Cézanne and Pissarro explored with the featured exhibit Cézanne & Pissarro: Pioneering Modern Painting 1865-1885. The highly praised exhibit comes straight from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
For more information, visit www.lacma.org. Phone: (323) 857-6000
NORTON SIMON MUSEUM OF ART
411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91105-1825
The Norton Simon Museum of Art holds one of the world’s finest and most prestigious collections of art. It stands as a tribute to human civilization, the visual arts and the nobility of individual accomplishment. The museum holds an extensive print collection as well as a comprehensive collection of Picasso graphics.
Located in beautiful Pasadena, the museum is housed in a unique building and boasts a truly beautiful garden inspired by Monet’s Giverny.
For more information, visit www.nortonsimon.org. Phone: (626) 449-6840, Fax: (626) 796-4978
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Grand Avenue – 250 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – 152 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, 90013
Pacific Design Center – 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 90069
When visiting MOCA you get one museum with three locations! MOCA Grand Avenue is host to elegant underground galleries and is the flagship location. Five minutes from Grand Avenue is the Geffen Contemporary, a former police car garage, which houses some of MOCA’s largest exhibitions. Located in the heart of West Hollywood, MOCA Pacific Design Center features rotating exhibitions of architecture, design, and selections from MOCA’s permanent collection.
Current featured exhibitions include Ecstasy: In and About Altered States and Masters of American Comics.
For more information, visit www.moca.org. Phone: (213) 626-6222, Fax: (213) 620-8674
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, 90007
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is a national leader in exhibitions, education and research. It is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, featuring more than 33 million spectacular and diverse specimens and artifacts.
In addition to special exhibitions, the museum boasts magnificent permanent halls. Guests are greeted by the towering "Dueling Dinosaurs," complete skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops in battle. Now through Jan. 15 enjoy the special exhibit Collapse? How do Civilizations Fade While Others Flourish?
For more information, visit www.nhm.org. Phone: (213) 763-DINO (3466)
MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE
9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 90035
The Museum of Tolerance is a one of a kind, experimental museum dedicated to promoting tolerance and mutual understanding through education, community outreach and social action. The museum focuses on two central themes through unique interactive exhibits: the dynamics of racism and prejudice in America and the history of the Holocaust.
One of many current special exhibits is Simon Wiesenthal: The Conscience of the Holocaust, which includes photographs, artwork and artifacts detailing the life, work and legacy of the famed Nazi-hunter.
For more information, visit www.museumoftolerance.com. Phone: (310) 553-8403
THE AUTRY MUSEUM OF WESTERN HERITAGE
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, 90027-1462
The Autry National Center is an intercultural history center formed from the merger of three other museums. The center provides a wide variety of programs and events throughout the year on diverse arts and cultures of the American West.
The center explores the distinct stories of cultures and peoples, examining how their interaction affects the complex, evolving history of the American West.
For more information, visit www.autry-museum.org. Phone: (323) 667-2000, Fax: (323) 660-5721
10899 Wilshire Blvd,. Los Angeles, 90024
The Hammer Museum is a unique, cutting-edge arts institution that connects the classics and the contemporary through its varied collections, wide-ranging exhibitions and provocative programs. The museum examines the depth and diversity of artistic expression through the centuries, with a special emphasis on the art of our time.
Now through Mar. 12 the Hammer presents Masters of American Comics, a large-scale exhibition comprising in-depth presentations of work by 15 artists who shaped the development of the American comic strip and comic book during the past century.
For more information, visit www.hammer.ucla.edu. Phone: (310) 443-7000
PAGE MUSEUM LA BREA TAR PITS
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil locations, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assembly of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the L.A. basin.
The museum features a glass enclosed live-action room where people can watch scientists clean and repair real bones. Outside the museum, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured.
For more information, visit www.tarpits.org. Phone: (323) 934-PAGE (7243)
MUSEUM OF RADIO AND TELEVISION
465 North Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 90210
This unique museum collects radio shows, television programs, and commercial advertisements in both media and makes the programming available to the general public. In the museum you can view programming of your choice alone in a console or with a group in a family console.
For a truly L.A. experience, attend a screening in one of the museum’s theaters where you can see any number of thematic series such as a tribute to Johnny Cash or the short films of "Saturday Night Live." Currently the museum is featuring Celebrating Fifty Years of Jim Henson and the Muppets.
For more information, visit www.mtr.org. Phone: (310) 786-1025