Los Angeles Museums and Culture
The undisputed entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles has more museums and theatres than any other city in the United States. Experience the city's essential and eclectic mix of arts, from world-renowned galleries and music venues that have gone down in history, to some new players on the scene.
Run by one of the world’s largest arts organisations, the folk at the Getty Centre are dedicated to preserving the world’s cultural heritage. Admission is free for The J. Paul Getty Museum's two venues – Getty Villa and the Getty Center – with daily tours of the impressive collections.
The Grammy Museum at LA Live
Explore the making of music at The Grammy Museum which features four floors of interactive displays and exhibits including ‘The Taylor Swift Experience’ and ‘Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan’.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The three-venue MOCA has its headquarters in Downtown, along with The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo and MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. MOCA’s collection includes more than 6,800 works of abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.
Natural History Museum
Originally opened in 1913, the museum has been reinvented during a 10-year renovation and in June 2013 debuted its new Nature Gardens, Nature Lab and Otis Booth Pavilion. Among the prized specimens is a giant fin whale skeleton with a sound system that emits a low-frequency whale song.
The Music Center
LA.’s leading cultural institution, the four theatres of The Music Center include the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall and historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and are home to the LA Opera, Center Theatre Group, LA Master Chorale, and the LA Philharmonic. The rooftop garden at the Walt Disney Concert Hall features lush landscaping and a Frank Gehry-designed fountain that pays tribute to the late Lillian Disney.
Museum of Neon Art
This new museum opened in 2014 in the San Fernando Valley and features a permanent collection of more than 50 vintage neon signs and changing exhibitions of contemporary neon art and kinetic art every six months.
The Wende Museum also opened its collection, including 10 pieces of the Berlin Wall, in a newer, larger location, near Culver Boulevard and Overland Avenue in Culver City, in 2014. The collections focus on preservation of cultural, political artefacts and documentary materials and personal artefacts and histories of the Cold War.