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Los Angeles Museums

Los Angeles Museums Overview

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Museums in Los Angeles include Exposition Park, the Griffith Observatory, Grammy Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Getty Center, La Brea Tar Pits, Ronald Reagan Library, Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Hollywood Museum, California Science Center, L.A. Maritime Museum, U.S.S. Iowa Battleship, Queen Mary and L.A. Museum of Natural History. From Pasadena to Malibu and Downtown L.A. to Long Beach, discover interesting museums in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Museums

Gene Autry Museum is located off Interstate 5, south of Highway 134 in Griffith Park. It features artifacts from the American West. Exhibits include firearms, cowboy memorabilia, Indian basketry, Mexican Bandido photographs and more. It also promotes cultural concerts in Griffith Park. Also found within Griffith Park are the Griffith Observatory, Greek Theatre, L.A. Zoo, Travel Town, multiple sport venues and much more.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-2000

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Griffith Observatory is located between Interstate 5 and Highway 101, in the hills northeast of Hollywood. Situated on a peak within Griffith Park, this working observatory is open to the public and offers a planetarium, theater, astronomy exhibits, state-of-the-art sundial, café, gift shop, superb views of Hollywood and the L.A. basin and more. Closed Mondays. Also found within Griffith Park are the Greek Theatre, L.A. Zoo, Autry Museum, Travel Town, multiple sport venues and much more.

TIP: The Observatory shares the same roads with the Greek Theatre which can be quite a traffic jam on concert nights. Be sure to check the theatre website to make sure there are no concerts when you plan to visit.

Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-7827

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Exposition Park is located off Interstate 110 south of the 10. Exposition Park is comprised of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Natural History Museum of L.A., the California Science Center, California African American Museum, sports facilities, parks and rose garden.

WARNING: Exposition Park is situated in a high-crime zone of Los Angeles. See our Crime Zones page for more details.

Exposition Park
700 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 744-7458

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  • Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

    Natural History Museum of L.A. houses one of the world's most extensive collections of natural and cultural history. Exhibits include reconstructed dinosaur bones, African wildlife in displays similar to their natural habitat, artifacts from the Aztec, Maya and Inca civilizations, rare gem and mineral displays and much more.

    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    900 Exposition Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    (213) 763-3466
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  • California Science Center features examples of mathematics, physics, biology in a primarily hands-on environment. Learn the physics behind bridge construction, how our body consumes and uses energy, space exploration, kelp forests and much, much more. Make a reservation to view a high-definition film on topics of nature and science in their IMAX movie theater.

    TIP: This is the home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The Space Shuttle Endeavour made 25 missions to space including 12 International Space Station dockings. NASA retired the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center on October 30th, 2012 for permanent public display.

    California Science Center
    700 Exposition Park Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    (323) 724-3623
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  • California African-American Museum

    California African American Museum features history, art and cultural exhibits of African Americans, specifically from California and the western U.S. View paintings, sculpture, photography, Exhibit topics include Martin Luther King Jr., Black Panthers, African descent, Tuskegee Airmen, Harlem, Jazz and more.

    California African American Museum
    600 State Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90037
    (213) 744-7432
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The Japanese American National Museum is located off the 101 Freeway from Alameda Street. It focuses on Japanese culture and artists in America with exhibits on origami, anime, Japanese internment during World War II and more.

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0414

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El Pueblo de Los Angeles is located off the 101 Freeway from Alameda Street. El Pueblo de Los Angeles is the last remnant of the original Pueblo de Los Angeles, established by the Spanish in 1781. El Pueblo de Los Angeles includes several historic buildings, ruins of the original pueblo structures and the very popular Olvera Street. Many of the historic buildings have been renovated and converted into museums.

WARNING: El Pueblo is situated in a high-crime zone of Los Angeles. See our Crime Zones page for more details.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 485-6855

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  • Avila Adobe was constructed in 1818 by Francisco Jose Avila, the first Mayor of Los Angeles. Today, the home functions as a museum with period furnishings as it would have appeared in the 1840s.

  • Sepulveda House was constructed in 1887 by Eloisa Martinez de Sepulveda. This two-story Victorian represents a transformation in Los Angeles from its early Mexican heritage to the Anglo culture.

  • Old Plaza Firehouse was constructed in 1884 as the first firehouse in Los Angeles. Originally used by Engine Company No 1, the firehouse today is a museum with firefighting equipment of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • Old Plaza Firehouse was constructed in 1908 as an Italian community gathering place known as Italian Hall. It focuses on Italian American culture and artists in America with exhibits including artifacts, photographs, archival documents and more.

    Italian American Museum
    125 Paseo de la Plaza
    Suite 406
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 485-8432
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  • Chinese American National Museum is situated in Chinatown near Olvera Street. It focuses on Chinese American culture and artists in America with exhibits on Angel Island, Chinese herbs, the construction of Chinatown, Chinese toys and more.

    Chinese American National Museum
    425 N. Los Angeles Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    (213) 485-8567
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Travel Town Museum is located off Highway 134 (Ventura Freeway) from Forest Lawn Drive. Situated in the northern portion of Griffith Park next to the L.A. Zoo, Travel Town and Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad focuses on the railroad history of Los Angeles and Southern California. It includes miniature train rides, railcars, train station buildings, rail industry artifacts and an old western town. Several different train rides are available on scaled-down train cars on 18.5 and 16 gauge tracks. Also found within Griffith Park are the Griffith Observatory, Greek Theatre, L.A. Zoo, Autry Museum, multiple sport venues and much more.

Travel Town Museum
5200 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 662-9678

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Zimmer Children's Museum is located off Interstate 10 from La Cienega Boulevard. It teaches global citizenship, community responsibility and cultural sensitivity through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences. Exhibits include the Mann Theater, Discovery Airplane, Giant Tzedakah Pinball, Rhythms of the World and many more.

Zimmer Children's Museum
6505 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 761-8984

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Craft and Folk Art Museum is located off Interstate 10 from La Brea Avenue. It challenges established ideas about craft, design and folk art and engages people though its diverse exhibitions and programs. Exhibits include paintings, ceramics, woodworkings, textiles and more that reflect social and demographic meaning.

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4230

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Museum of Tolerance is located off the 405 Freeway from Pico Boulevard. Winner of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, it's a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to the remembrance of the Holocaust and to the end of all forms of prejudice and discrimination in the world today. Topics cover the Holocaust with stories of victims and survivors and depictions of civil rights, global hatred and other controversial topics. Exhibits include Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves where the personal histories of several notable Americans are depicted.

Museum of Tolerance
9786 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 553-8403

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Grammy Museum at L.A. Live is located off the 110 Freeway from L.A. Live Way. Situated next to Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, it's devoted to exploring and celebrating music from the creative process and technology in recording to the history of the Grammy Awards and accomplished musicians. It features four floors of exhibits including a Hall of Fame Gallery, Recording Studio, theater showing backstage footage of an actual Grammy Awards ceremony and much more.

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-6800

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Broad Museum is located off the 110 Freeway in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It features nearly 2,000 works of art housed on two floors of unique building. See paintings, sculpture, photography, abstract art and more.

Broad Museum
221 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 232-6200

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Skirball Cultural Center is located off the 405 Freeway from Skirball Center Drive. It explores four thousand years of Jewish heritage, ideals, experiences and accomplishments. Exhibits include multimedia, rare artifacts, photographs, interactive stations and sound recordings. Free sunset community concerts of music from around the globe is offered during the summer season.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-4500

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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum is located off the 110 Freeway from 9th Street. Situated near the L.A. Live complex, it provides students, researchers, designers, and the public with resources to examine the roles of historic fashion, accessories, textiles, jewelry, fragrance and their relationship to society, history, art, and technology.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum (FIDM)
919 South Grand Avenue
Suite 250
Los Angeles, California 90015
(213) 623-5821

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Petersen Automotive Museum is located north of Interstate 10 off Fairfax Avenue. Situated at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and across the street from the L.A. County Museum of Art, it houses one of the finest collections or rare automobiles in the nation. Peruse more than 300,000 square feet of building that showcases more than 150 rare classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. It features three floors of exhibits covering everything from the early days of the automobile, to race cars and exhibits depicting the functionality of automobiles. A lounge, kitchen and banquet facilities comprise the fourth floor.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-2277

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located north of Interstate 10 off Fairfax Avenue. Situated at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and next to the La Brea Tar Pits, It's the largest art museum in the western United States. Over 100,000 objects from ancient times to present are on display within this seven-building complex. Many cultures are represented including Asia, Latin America and Islam.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

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Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the corner of 3rd and Grand. It features art produced since 1940, which now includes more than 5,000 works housed in three unique facilities across the Los Angeles region.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222

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Wells Fargo History Museum is located off the 110 Freeway from 3rd Street. Situated in downtown Los Angeles, the exhibits include an original stagecoach, gold from Gold Country, recreated agent's office, panoramic painting of Los Angeles and more.

Wells Fargo History Museum
333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 253-7166

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Getty Museum gardens

John Paul Getty Museum is located directly off the 405 freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains. It has an extensive collection of artifacts including paintings, sculpture and furniture mostly from the renaissance period to present. The Getty offers astounding views of the entire L.A. basin and the Pacific Ocean. Parking is plentiful in a parking structure at the bottom of the hill. A short ride aboard the Getty tram places you at the entrance. The cafeteria-style restaurant offers views of the gardens and Santa Monica.

TIP: Refer to the museum map to locate fossils embedded in the travertine walls of the buildings. The structure and architecture is a work of art in itself.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

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La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits are located north of Interstate 10 off Fairfax Avenue. Situated near the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax and next to the L.A. County Museum of Art, this is an active archaeological dig in the heart of the city. It's hard to believe that the Los Angeles basin was once marsh and estuary that woolly mammoth, saber-toothed tiger and grizzly bear once roamed... but it was. It was built on top of an ancient tar pit that many of these animals stumbled into up to 40,000 years ago.

TIP: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is right next door. Also, the ever popular Hollywood & Highland is just a short drive north.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 934-PAGE

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Hollywood Museums

L.A. Fire Department Museum is located off the 101 Freeway from Cahuenga Blvd. Fire station 27 opened in 1930 and today houses vintage fire trucks, historic equipment and fire fighting artifacts dating back to the 1880's.

L.A. Fire Department Museum
1355 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-2727

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Hollywood & Highland is situated at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. This is the heart of Hollywood where you'll find movie premieres, movie star hand prints set in concrete, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and so much more.

  • The Hollywood Museum features over 10,000 authentic Hollywood treasures. It's situated in the old Max Factor building where the famous make-up rooms are on display. See memorabilia from Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson and many more Hollywood celebrities.

    The Hollywood Museum
    1660 N Highland Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (323) 464-7776
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  • Hollywood Wax Museum houses a collection of life-like, wax replicas of some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities. Get an up close look at stars and entertainers like Johnny Depp, Gwenyth Paltrow, Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, and Elvis Presley. Impress your friends with pictures of yourself with A-list celebrities.

    Hollywood Wax Museum
    6767 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (323) 462-5991
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  • Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum houses a collection of the strange, bizarre, unusual and abnormal. See a collection of carved skulls, a mummified foot, Duct tape art, two-truck elephant, Yeti footprint and more.

    Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum
    6780 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (323) 466-6335
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  • Guinness World of Records Exhibition houses a display of current world records. Everything from the most cigarettes smoked at once to the most weight ever lifted can be found here. Attempt the worlds longest jump, compare your height to the world's tallest man and view footage of world speed records in the Adrenaline Theater.

    Guinness World of Records Exhibition
    6764 Hollywood Blvd
    Hollywood, CA 90028
    (323) 463-6433
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Hollywood Forever Memorial is located off Santa Monica Boulevard near Vine Street. This active memorial park and cemetery is where some of Hollywood's screen legends are buried. Visitors are encouraged to tour the grounds. Visit the graves of Peter Lorre, Jayne Mansfield and Rudolph Valentino to name a few.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90038
(323) 469-1181

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Museums in The Valley

Air Force One at the Reagan Library

Ronald Reagan Library is located off Highways 23 and 118 in Simi Valley. Visit the library and burial place of one of America's favorite presidents. After a successful career in the motion picture industry, Ronald Reagan had an even more successful career serving two terms as President of the United States of America. He passed away in 2004 after a long battle with alzheimer's disease and was laid to rest in this, his favorite place. Exhibits include an F-14 fighter jet and the Boeing 747 known as 'Airforce 1' that was used by Reagan during his presidency.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California 93065
(800) 410-8354

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William S. Hart Ranch and Museum is located off the 14 freeway from Newhall Avenue. Situated in William S. Hart Park, the property includes the home and ranch of a famous silent film actor and director who produced several Western movies. The home is a Spanish colonial revival mansion with exhibits including original furnishings, early Hollywood artifacts, artwork of famous Western artists and Native American artifacts. The 1910 Ranch House features a tack and saddle collection with additional Hollywood mementos. The Ranch includes farm animals, several bison, hiking trails and picnic areas. A gift shop sells western-themed souvenirs.

William S. Hart Ranch and Museum
24151 Newhall Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
(661) 254-4584

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Discovery Cube Los Angeles is located off the 210 freeway from the Foothill Boulevard exit. Situated adjacent to Hansen Dam Park, this discovery science center is a hands-on learning experience. Examples of science, geology, physics and much more are explained in over 100 exhibits. Take a simulated helicopter tour over Los Angeles. Descend into the earth's crust in a simulated elevator and view layers of geology and underground aquifers. Try to stop the pucks shot by L.A. Kings players as you learn the science of hockey.

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91342
(818) 686-2823

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Pasadena Museums

Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum is located at the intersection of Highway 134 and Interstate 210 in Pasadena. It contains one of California's most prestigious collections of European and Asian art. Artists like Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Goya, Renoir, Manet, Warhol and much more are on display. The garden was inspired my Monet's Giverny.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91105
(626) 449-6840

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Pasadena Museum of California Art is located off the 210 Freeway from Lake Avenue. It focuses on art and design unique to California. Art mediums include paint, sculpture, photography, drawing, woodworking and more.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 568-3665

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Pacific Asia Museum is located off the 134 Freeway from Colorado Boulevard. It's dedicated to further inter-cultural understanding through the arts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Exhibits include prints, paintings, sculpture, carvings, photography, calligraphy and more. Common art mediums include jade, silk, porcelain, rice paper, gold, wood, bamboo and stone.

Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 449-2742

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Kidspace Children's Museum is located off the 134 Freeway from Orange Grove Boulevard. Situated near the Rose Bowl, it focuses on the promotion of education and enrichment of children's lives. Exhibits include an outdoor physics forest, a bug inn, climbing towers, ant hole, water vortex, stone hollow amphitheater and much more.

Kidspace Children's Museum
480 North Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144

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Huntington Library, Museum & Gardens

Huntington Library is located between Interstates 10 and 210 near South Pasadena. This art museum is as much about the art as it is the gardens. Originally opened to the public in 1928 by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry Huntington, the Huntington Library now contains magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts. The gardens include a 14-acre cactus garden, camellia garden, and a Japanese garden that seems to have emerged from a Monet painting complete with a small red bridge. Recently added to the Library is a large atrium that serves as a conservatory for botanical science. Huge palms, ferns and other tropical plants fill the glass dome along with ponds and hands-on exhibits.

TIP: Reservations are recommended for The Rose Garden Tea Room that overlooks 3-acres of roses.

The Huntington Library, Art & Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
(626) 405-2100

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Malibu Museums

Getty Villa, Malibu

Getty Villa is located off PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) north of Santa Monica and south of the Malibu Pier. The Villa was built to resemble an Italian Villa that was unearthed from ancient times. The grounds include an herb garden, courtyards filled with native plants, fountains and statues, a Roman theatre, museum and more. Antiquities from the Greek, Roman and Etruscan era are on display. Tickets must be obtained ahead of arrival through their website. Tickets are free other than a nominal fee for parking.

TIP: The entrance is only accessible approaching from the south off PCH. Watch for the turn on your right shortly after Sunset Boulevard.

Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 440-7300

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The Adamson House

Adamson House is located off Highway 1 north of Santa Monica in Malibu. Situated on the ocean just north of the Malibu Pier, the Adamsom House overlooks Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach. The House was built in 1929 for the Superintendent of the Malibu Ranch and his wife, a descendant of the original ranch owners. It features a luxurious decor and architecture that was once adorned with gold leaf throughout. A large concentration of brightly colored Malibu Tiles pair with the Moroccan influence of pointed arched windows & doorways, solid mahogany doors and beamed ceilings. The exterior features picturesque tiled fountains, a pool & pool house, gardens and expansive oceanviews. Bring a snack to enjoy at one of many seaside picnic tables poised under shade trees and offering optimum views.

Adamson House
Malibu Lagoon Museum
23200 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 456-8432

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Santa Monica Museums

Santa Monica Museum of Art is located off Interstate 10 off Cloverfield Boulevard. It features works of contemporary art from local to international artists.

Santa Monica Museum of Art
Bergamot Station G1
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 586-6488

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California Heritage Museum is located off Interstate 10 from 4th Street. It focuses on the history of California with past exhibits on surfing, skateboarding, fruit box labels, Santa Catalina Island, California tile, coastal art and much more.

California Heritage Museum
2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 392-8537

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Museum of Flying is located off Interstate 10 from Bundy Drive. It's situated at the Santa Monica Airport and focuses the history of flight and the growth of aviation and aerospace with emphasis on Douglas Aircraft Company. Commercial, private, military and experimental aircraft include a replica of the Wright Flyer, WWII fighters, Bi-Planes and more. Hands-on interactive exhibits include a flight simulator and the open cockpits of a Corvair 240, Lockhead T-33 and Boeing 727. Monitor the actual control tower communications at the Santa Monica Airport.

Museum of Flying
3100 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 398-2500

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San Pedro Museums

Point Vicente Interpretive Center is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula just south of Hawthorne Boulevard. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center is situated on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Palos Verdes coast. The Point Vicente Interpretive Center features the Point Vicente Lighthouse, exhibits, nature trails and an outdoor amphitheater that faces the sea offering an exceptional vantage point for whale watching.

Point Vicente Interpretive Center
31501 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 377-5370

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L.A. Fire Department Harbor Museum is located off the 110 Freeway from Gaffey Street. Old fire station 36 is one of the oldest buildings in San Pedro and today houses vintage fire trucks, historic equipment and fire fighting artifacts.

L.A. Fire Department Harbor Museum
638 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(323) 464-2727

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L.A. Maritime Museum is located at the end of Interstate 110 in San Pedro. This two-story building displays a multitude of naval artifacts and a resident tug boat moored out back.

L.A. Maritime Museum
Berth 84, 6th Street
San Pedro, California 90731
(310) 548-7618

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Battery at Fort MacArthur

Fort MacArthur Museum is located at the end of Interstate 110 in San Pedro. Fort MacArthur was an active military base from 1914 to 1974. It served an important role in our coastal defense from the big gun era to modern-day missiles. Walk the grounds of the base and view artifacts that document the history of Los Angeles harbor defenses and exhibits like defense batteries, artillery guns, pill boxes and a Nike Missile site. Other nearby attractions include the Korean Friendship Bell and Point Fermin Lighthouse.

Fort MacArthur Museum
3601 S Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-2631

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Lomita Railroad Museum is located near the the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Interstate 110. Situated on a small city block, it features several train cars, a water tower and station. The focus in on the history of railroad expansion in California.

Lomita Railroad Museum
2137 W 250th Street
Lomita, CA 90717
(310) 326-6255

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Battleship Iowa

U.S.S. Battleship Iowa is located at the southernmost end of the 110 Freeway from Harbor Boulevard. Situated next to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Ports O'Call and the cruise ship terminal, the U.S.S. Iowa is a Naval battleship that served in WWII and the Korean War. At over 887 feet in length and with steel over a foot thick, the U.S.S. Iowa is equipped for battle with 3 triple main gun turrets, 16 twin gun mounts, 4 Phalanx weapons systems, 8 Tomahawk missile launchers and 16 harpoon launchers. Each of the 9 main gun barrels is over 66 feet in length.

Blog See our blog on the USS Battleship Iowa.

Pacific Battleship Center
USS IOWA BB-61
250 Harbor Blvd, Berth 87
San Pedro, CA 90731
(877) 446-9261

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Long Beach Museums

USSR Scorpion Submarine

The Queen Mary is located off the 710 freeway in Long Beach. She made her maiden voyage in 1936. Built as a luxury liner, The Queen Mary actually broke records during WWII while transporting troops. Long Beach purchased the ship in 1967 and has since maintained it as a floating museum and hotel with restaurants and activities. Several tour options are available. Adjacent to the Queen Mary is the Scorpion, a Soviet submarine used during the Cold War era.

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934

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Long Beach Museum of Art

Long Beach Museum of Art is located near the 405 and 710 freeways along Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. It resides in an historic oceanfront home built in 1912. Exhibits include furniture, abstract & modernism paintings, ceramics and more.

TIP: Claire's café is part of the museum and has an outdoor deck overlooking the Long Beach coastline.

Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90803
(562) 439-2119

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Museum of Latin American Art is located off the 710 Freeway in Long Beach. It features paintings, sculptures, carvings and more that were created by Latino artists from around the world. The exterior garden mixes cacti and botanicals with modern, larger-than-life sculptures.

Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, California 90802
(562) 437-1689

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Catalina Island Museum

Catalina Island Museum is located in Avalon on Santa Catalina Island. Catalina Island is accessible by boat from harbors in Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point or by helicopter from Long Beach. Situated on the ground floor of the landmark Catalina Casino building at the north end of Avalon. Learn about the rich history of Catalina Island from the Pimugnan Indians and Spanish Empire to its role in the building of L.A. Harbor and the connection with Wrigley Chewing Gum and the Chicago Cubs. Exhibits include archaeological artifacts, ceramics & tiles from the Catalina Clay Products company, historic photographs and more. Also included in the Casino building are a movie theater, ballroom and gift shop.

Catalina Island Museum
1 Casino Way
Avalon, CA 90704
(310) 510-2414

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California Museums

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