Los Angeles & Southern California

Due to its great extension and polycentric urban structure, Los Angeles does not have a “museum district”, like the Smithsonian Quadrangle in Washington D.C. or Berlin’s Museuminsel.

Some of the city’s most important cultural institutions concentrate in two areas, the Museum Row in the Miracle Mile district and Grand Avenue in downtown L.A.; nevertheless many other notable exhibition venues are distributed across the whole urban area.

Museums and cultural events in Los Angeles and Southern California reflect the multicultural history and manifold character of the region, spanning time and geography in a unique way.


museums in Los Angeles & Southern California

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 6067 Wilshire Boulevard
closed: open daily, except Christmas Day
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is a museum, designed by Renzo Piano, that celebrates the history of cinema and the art of filmmaking
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 152 North Central Avenue
closed: Tuesdays
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is the venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles dedicated to the most recent artistic trends
Getty Center – J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Getty Center – J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 1200 Getty Center Drive
closed: Mondays
Designed by Richard Meier, the Getty Center in Los Angeles is the venue of the Getty Museum dedicated to art from the Middle Ages to the 1900s
Getty Villa, Los Angeles

Getty Villa, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
closed: Tuesdays, January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25
The Getty Villa in Los Angeles is the gallery of the J. Paul Getty Museum dedicated to ancient art and antiquities; it is housed in a building inspired by an ancient Roman villa
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 250 South Grand Avenue
closed: Tuesdays
Located in downtown L.A., MOCA Grand Avenue is the main venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, the museum is mainly focused on art from the 1940s onwards
MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

West Hollywood - 8687 Melrose Avenue
closed: closed
Closed for good in February 2019, Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood was the venue of the MOCA Los Angeles dedicated to architecture, fashion and design
Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 6060 Wilshire Blvd
closed: open daily
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a museum in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to motor vehicles and automobile, with a collection spanning over 120 years
San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego - 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
The San Diego Museum of Art is an encyclopaedic art museum in San Diego, Southern California, best known for its notable works by southern European artists
The Broad Museum, Los Angeles

The Broad Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles - 221 S. Grand Ave.
closed: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Broad is a 20,000-square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art in Los Angeles housed in an iconic building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro architects

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