Welcome to our Guide to Museums, Libraries and Culture in Los Angeles. Families won’t run out of great places to visit in Los Angeles! We’ve compiled a list of great places to find art, culture and fun in LA. Check back as we will be adding more locations throughout the year.
Explore exhibits that take visitors from the time of the dinosaurs to the present. Make sure and visit in the spring to see the butterfly pavilion or in the fall to walk through the spider pavilion.
Families can spend all day enjoying the Getty – a free museum that features art, gardens, concerts and presentations for children.
There is so much to learn at this museum and not just about the nation’s 40th president.
The Autry Museum of the American West is a wonderful interactive museum. Kids can learn about Native American Culture, old west cowboys, Los Angeles art and even pan for gold.
Every visitor to (or resident of) Los Angeles needs to pay a visit to LACMA.
Guide to the Aquarium of the Pacific
There’s so much to see and do at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. You’ll find exhibits, touch tanks and special events almost every weekend.
The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the most unusual spots in Los Angeles and one that you must visit. It’s considered one of the richest depositories of Ice Age fossils in the world.
Kids will have the best day at Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena exploring all of the exhibits made for kids 1 to 10-years-old.
Kids can climb on the Skirball Cultural Center’s Noah’s Ark while parents see one of the many exhibits at the center.
The Griffith Observatory is a great place to spend the day and we have a guide with all of the fun (and educational!) things to do there with kids.
Make the Grammy Museum part of your next visit to L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. There’s a lot to see, hear and learn.
Every visit to Los Angeles should include a visit to the LA Zoo! You’ll find 1,000 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles on more than 100 acres of the property.
Kids can be whatever they want to be at the Pretend City Museum in Irvine.
If your child loves cars, you’ll definitely want to head to the Petersen Automotive Museum. In addition to rotating exhibits, the museum is home to more than 150 vehicles – from classic to current models.
The California Science Center offers a full day of learning and fun for kids and adults.
Looking for a FREE activity for kids? Check out the museums in Los Angeles offering FREE admission.
Our Family-Friendly Guide to Museum Row has everything you need to know about the museums on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and La Brea.
You will be amazed at all you can do at LA Libraries!