Posted on 09-03-2017
Author: Zeke Quezada
As if we needed more reason to travel, Museums tend to give us a reason to culture up a destination. In Los Angeles, the multitude of museums makes for exploration and discovery on more days than should be expected for any vacation. However, pick and choose a couple of the important ones and you can act like you tried to learn a few things when visiting the City of Angels instead of working on your culinary palate and your skin tone under the bright blue skies filled with sunshine.
The Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Great location for a full day of art appreciation with a side trip the Page Museum (see below) You cannot miss a visit to Ray’s & Stark Bar which is often referred to as the museum restaurants in the country. Yes, all we think about is food and wine.
Make sure to walk around the grounds and take a look at the sculture gardens as well as the various exhibitions inside.
Levitated Mass at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Page Museum ( La Brea Tar Pits)
Not so long ago tar was oozing up to the surface of the Los Angeles Basin and predators and prey alike were not only getting stuck in it but being preserved for future exploration. This is an impressive museum that is both inside the walls of the Page Museum but also on the grounds of the entire campus. You’ll literally walk past oil seeping through the ground and bubbling up at your feet.
The Tar Pits Being Excavated at The Page Museum
The Broad Museum
Located in Downtown Los Angeles this museum could be coupled with the museum of Contemporary art or a visit to the Disney Concert Hall. Nearby, Los Angeles Grand Central Market is perfect for a meal either before a visit to the museum or after.
California Science Center
This spot is perfect if you are traveling with children or if you have a little extra time when you are visiting the University of Southern California. Located in Exposition Park the nearby Natural History Museum is also worth a visit.
The Getty Museum and The Getty Villa
If you are looking for a full blown museum experience it is hard to pass up on these two gems. The Main museum is massive and can easily keep you busy for a day. The Getty Villa is located right off the beach and the grounds are worthy of a lunch date with a view of the Pacific.
The Griffith Observatory
The best views in Los Angeles can be found from the deck at the Griffith Observatory. Yes, you can look at the stars and the exhibits but the view of Los Angeles, The Hollywood Sign and the ocean from this spot is worth a trip.
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