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California: Los Angeles Museums

No matter what your occupation, interest or experience level happens to be, there is a museum for you in Los Angeles!  Los Angeles is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country and L.A.’s museums are hidden gems for locals and tourists alike. For the cost of admission to a movie, you will be treated to everything from exhibits that depict the origins of life in remarkable detail to unequalled collections of artwork.  Ardent fans of the entertainment industry will love visiting the museums that specialize in movie, television and music memorabilia!

In Los Angeles, there is something for everyone!

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way,
Los Angeles, California

Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. He also owned a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles Angels Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

Established in 1988 by Gene Autry as the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum the Autry National Center is the home to 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, musical instruments and other objects related to the American West.

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Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main St,
Santa Ana, California

The museum which bears the name of Charles Bowers, a late 1800s Orange County land developer, first opened its doors in 1936.  It was closed in 1987 only to reopen in 1992 as a totally transformed and significantly larger facility.

Bowers’ permanent collection includes over 100,000 objects from Africa, the South Pacific, and Asia.  The collection also contains numerous Native American, Pre-Columbian artwork.

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The Chinese Terra Cotta Soldiers were on display the Bowers Museum recently

The Chinese Terra Cotta Soldiers were on display the Bowers Museum recently

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California Science Center

Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA

Formerly known as the California Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum was remodeled in 1998 as the California Science Center. Currently it consists of the IMAX Theater, the Sketch Foundation Gallery – Air and Space Exhibits (formerly Aerospace Hall), designed by Frank Gehry, and the Science Center itself.

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The Cleopatra Exhibit at The California Science Center

The Cleopatra Exhibit at The California Science Center

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Getty Center

Brentwood
Los Angeles, CA

The Getty Center is a $1.3 billion facility which opened in 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens and views overlooking Los Angeles.  The center sits on top of a hill connected to a visitor’s center which is accessible by a three-car cable tram.  The center draws 1.3 million visitors annually.

The museum’s collection includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.

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Grammy Museum

800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Opened in 2008 on the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, the museum consists of four floors devotes to historical music artifacts, interactive instrument stations, recording booths and a 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.

The exhibits are renewed, with special features added on an ongoing basis.  During our visit, we were able to view the Ringo Starr and Jenni Rivera exhibits.

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Michael Jackson's stage clothes

Michael Jackson’s stage clothes

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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913 as the Museum of History, Science, and Art. It is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States with nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of history.

The museum’s main building, with fitted marble walls and domed and colonnaded rotunda, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the world’s largest automotive museums and a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.

Founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen, and his wife Margie, the $40-million Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. The museum has about 150 vehicles on display in its main galleries. The remaining half of the collection is kept in a vault, located on the basement level of the building.

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