The Best Museums in Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles plays host to some of the finest museums in the country, and as a guest of ours here at the Hotel Amarano you’ve got them at your fingertips! Here’s a fast and furious roundup of some of the absolute standout institutions among this elite network.
LACMA ranks as the biggest art museum in the West, boasting better than 120,000 pieces from across thousands of years of artistic tradition and a vast sweep of the globe. There are invariably some dazzling temporary exhibitions in the spotlight here as well.
If you’re looking for even more contemporary art then you might be interested in one of LA’s newest museums, The Broad. With two floors and over 2000 pieces of contemporary American art from the 1950s to today, The Broad seeks to enrich and educate people about the art of our time. What could be cooler than that?
We’ve spotlighted the awesomeness of the California Science Center over in Exhibition Park before here at the Amarano Beat. Needless to say, it’s got some amazing and interactive exhibits and displays, none more imposing of course than the 122-foot-long Space Shuttle Endeavour, which calls this museum its final resting place.
Like the California Science Center, the Griffith Observatory—that iconic landmark of Griffith Park—is free to the public. This venerable astronomical observatory offers public telescopes, planetarium shows, and a host of skywatching- and space-oriented exhibits—plus really fabulous views of the Hollywood Sign and the Los Angeles Basin.
From gigantic dinosaur skeletons to gorgeous taxidermy dioramas, L.A.’s Natural History Museum has wonders of the natural world to inspire awe in all ages.
Los Angeles, of course, hosts its very own world-renowned paleontological dig site in the form of the La Brea Tar Pits, where all manner of Ice Age beasts met their premature end. The George C. Page Museum shows off some of the prodigious prehistoric bounty hauled out of this ancient pitch mire: dire wolves, sabertooths, mammoths, and more.
This remarkable and important institution explores the history and heritage of Japanese Americans, including the ugly chapter of World War II-era internment.
What better way to explore Tinseltown magic than via 10,000-odd pieces of showbiz memorabilia, from movie props to legendary outfits? All that and more awaits at the Hollywood Museum, housed in the historic Max Factor Building associated with one of Hollywood’s most famous makeup artists.
OK, it’s not for everybody, but if your tastes gravitate toward the macabre you’ll probably love the Museum of Death. You ought to heed the website’s warning: “There is no age limit for the Museum of Death, because WE ALL DIE, but we STRONGLY recommend MATURE AUDIENCES!”
We’ve only scratched the surface of must-see L.A. museums. Check out more recommendations right here, and then come exploring these vastly varied institutions with us here at Hotel Amarano!