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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 an unique way.

museums in Los Angeles & Southern California

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Los Angeles - 152 North Central Avenue
closed on: 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

Getty Center – J. Paul Getty museum

Los Angeles - 1200 Getty Center Drive
closed on: Mondays
The Getty Center, one of the two venues of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is dedicated to European and American art from the Middle Ages to the present
Getty Villa

Getty Villa

Los Angeles - 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades
closed on: Tuesdays
The Getty Villa is the venue of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles dedicated to ancient art and antiquities with 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan pieces
LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles - 5905 Wilshire Blvd
closed on: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. Its campus in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile includes architectures by Renzo Piano and Bruce Goff
MOCA Grand Avenue

MOCA Grand Avenue

Los Angeles - 250 South Grand Avenue
closed on: Tuesdays
Located in downtown L.A., the MOCA Grand Avenue is the main venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, showcasing artworks from the 40s onwards
MOCA Pacific Design Center

MOCA Pacific Design Center

West Hollywood - 8687 Melrose Avenue
closed on: Mondays
The MOCA at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood is the venue of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles dedicated to architecture, fashion and design
Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

Los Angeles - 6060 Wilshire Blvd
closed on: open every day
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 on: 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

The Broad Museum

Los Angeles - 221 S. Grand Ave.
closed on: Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
The Broad is a new 120,000 square-foot museum of modern and contemporary art in Downtown Los Angeles, next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA

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Los Angeles – Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD, a preview

Los Angeles – Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD, a preview

A preview of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art - to be built in Exposition Park, Los Angeles -, designed by China-based design firm MAD Architects

The surprising LACMA extension by Zumthor

The surprising LACMA extension by Zumthor

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed a curvilinear extension for the east campus of LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, raised 30 feet over the ground

Los Angeles | The Broad: inaugural exhibition

Los Angeles | The Broad: inaugural exhibition

On September 20, 2015, the new museum of contemporary art envisaged by Eli and Edithe Broad opens...

L.A. | Art wears a lace veil: The Broad Museum

L.A. | Art wears a lace veil: The Broad Museum

The Broad new contemporary art museum designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro opened September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles

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L.A | THE BROAD: more than 820,000 visitors in its inaugural year

L.A | THE BROAD: more than 820,000 visitors in its inaugural year

The Broad announced that the LA-based contemporary art museum attracted more than 820,000 visitors in its inaugural year

L.A. | Mapping the Information Age at the Christopher W. Mount Gallery

L.A. | Mapping the Information Age at the Christopher W. Mount Gallery

The exhibition "Mapping the Information Age" at the Christopher W. Mount Gallery in L.A. focuses on the “accidental artistry” of historical microchip prints

Getty helps conservation of modern architecture

Getty helps conservation of modern architecture

The Getty Foundation, with the initiative "Keeping it Modern", in 2015 supports the conservation of 14 masterpieces of the architecture of the 20th century

When the Future had Fins – Christopher W. Mount Gallery

When the Future had Fins – Christopher W. Mount Gallery

When the Future had Fins: American Automotive Designs and Concepts, 1959-1973, at the Christopher W. Mount Gallery, Los Angeles, 23 January - 20 May 2015

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