Must-See Museums in Los Angeles

As the world begins to open up and people resume travel, they’ll be looking for new and exciting places to visit. Perhaps you’ve been to Los Angeles before or maybe you want to add it to your list. In either case, here are a few must-see museums in Los Angeles that you should visit on your next trip.

Natural History Museum

Whether you like fossils and dinosaurs, precious minerals and gems, or prefer to study the history of America’s first inhabitants, the Natural History Museum is sure to please. Children, and those who are young at heart, will marvel at the 63-foot long fin whale skeleton. Those who want to learn more about human history in America, and more specifically California, will enjoy the “Becoming L.A.” exhibit which looks at the region’s history from the perspective of the local Native American tribes from the area. 

Perhaps looking at all the ancient artifacts have you thinking about your past and where you’ve been. It might even have you thinking about your future and where you want to be. If that’s LA, then look at these Los Angeles apartments to see yourself living in this vibrant city.

California Science Center

If you have a love of all things science then this museum should certainly be on your list of things to do. With exhibits and attractions for all ages, the California Science Center explores life sciences and the innovations that have transformed life as we know it.

Space lovers will especially enjoy the opportunity to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour up close and personal. This special feature does require a separate ticket, but don’t worry because it’s a small fare of just $3.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

When you were a child, did you have a fascination with dinosaurs and ancient beats that used to roam our planet? If so, then you’ll want to check out the La Brea Tar Pits. Paleontologists, both expert and amateur, have been pulling fossils and animal remains from these pits for nearly 150 years. Many of the specimens pulled from the pits over the years are now on display in the museum for all to see.

There are educational programs to attend and you can even hang around to watch the paleontologists in action. Cross your fingers and maybe they’ll discover the ancient remains of some prehistoric animal while you’re there.

Hammer Museum

This museum was founded in 1990 by the industrialist Armand Hammer for the purpose of housing and sharing his personal art collection. Today, the free museum is partnered with UCLA and presents a variety of exhibits in the areas of modern art, photography, and design, and has a particular interest in highlighting the works of local artists.

Japanese American National Museum

This museum is centered around Japanese immigration to the United States and spans decades from the internment camps during World War II all the way through to today. While some exhibits share the horrific circumstances that Japanese people were made to suffer in the past, others reflect a more inspirational tone such as the current pop culture interest with Japanese style art and animation.