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Guide to Museums in Los Angeles

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.

The Natural History Museum

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.

Guide to the Getty Center 

Families can spend all day enjoying the Getty – a free museum that features art, gardens, concerts and presentations for children.

Guide to The Getty in Los Angeles

Exploring the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 

There is so much to learn at this museum and not just about the nation’s 40th president.

Reagan Library sign (photo by Paul Kennar)

Exploring the Autry Museum of the American West

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.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Every visitor to (or resident of) Los Angeles needs to pay a visit to LACMA.

Guide to LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

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.

Guide to the Aquarium of the Pacific

Guide to the La Brea Tar Pits

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.

The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the coolest museums in Los Angeles.

Guide to Kidspace Children’s Museum 

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.

Kidsspace Children's Museum in Pasadena is one of the great museum for kids in Southern California

Guide to the Skirball Cultural Center

Kids can climb on the Skirball Cultural Center’s Noah’s Ark while parents see one of the many exhibits at the center.

Guide to the Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood (photo by Grant Mudford courtesy of the Skirball Cultural Center). #losangeles #thingstodoinla #thingstodoinlosangeles #brentwood

Photo by Grant Mudford
Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center

Guide to the Griffith Observatory

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.

Griffith Observatory: Photo by Yvonne Condes

Guide to the Grammy Museum

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.

Guide to the Grammy Museum at LA Live. #Losangeles

Guide to the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens 

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.

The LA Zoo is one of the great places to learn about science in Los Angeles

Guide to Pretend City Children’s Museum 

Kids can be whatever they want to be at the Pretend City Museum in Irvine.
Kids can do so many fun things at Pretend City like grocery shopping!

Guide to the Petersen Automotive Museum

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.

Full-Size Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater in the lobby of the Petersen Automotive Museum Disney Pixar Cars Mattel Micro Drifters

Guide to the California Science Center

The California Science Center offers a full day of learning and fun for kids and adults.

The California Science Center is one of the great places to take kids on school field trips

Los Angeles Museums Offering Free Admission

Looking for a FREE activity for kids? Check out the museums in Los Angeles offering FREE admission.

Los Angeles Museums Offering Free Admission

Family-Friendly Guide to Museum Row

Our Family-Friendly Guide to Museum Row has everything you need to know about the museums on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and La Brea.

The Petersen Automotive Museum. One of the many attractions on Museum Row.

10 Things You Can Do at the Los Angeles Public Library System

You will be amazed at all you can do at LA Libraries!

The Downtown LA Library is one of the great library to take kids in Los Angeles

 

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