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Culture in Los Angeles

The best ways to experience Los Angeles is by visiting its amazing and extraordinary cultural attractions such as :

– Museums                                               – Music
– Art Galleries                                          – Theatre & Dance
– Architecture & Gardens                      – Film & Television
– Urban Art


Museum Row on the Miracle Mile (on Wilshire Blvd)

Home to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits, Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Two of the museums are in Hancock Park, which features tar pit exhibits such as the Lake Pit, where you can view and take photos of life-sized models of an American mastodon and a family of Columbian mammoths.

West L.A. Museums (in Brentwood)

Getty Center Museum, Skirball Cultural Center, Fowler and Hammer Museums at UCLA, Museum of Tolerance and more.

Hollywood Museums

Hollywood Bowl Museum, Hollywood Heritage Museum, Hollywood Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, Ripley’s Odditorium, Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollyhock House and the Galleries at Barnsdall Art Park and more.

Downtown Los Angeles

Includes the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Avenue and Geffen Contemporary), Wells Fargo Museum, The GRAMMY® Museum, Japanese American National Museum, the museums at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, and the Chinese American Museum
Exposition Park (near downtown)

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History (dinosaurs, dioramas, rocks, life exhibits), California Science Center (exhibits that demonstrate concepts of science or show the history of science), California African American Museum and Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California (USC).

Santa Monica and Malibu Museums

Including Getty Villa, Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Surf Museum at Pepperdine, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Point Vicente Interpretive Museum and others.

Griffith Park

Including Autry National Center, Travel Town railroad museum, Griffith Observatory and other museums near Griffith Park, Burbank and Glendale.

Art Galleries

L.A.’s gallery scene can be experienced in Chinatown, Bergamot Station and the NoHo Arts District, as well as monthly artwalks.

On the second Thursday of every month in downtown Los Angeles, many of the art galleries participate in the Downtown Art Walk and are open until 9:00 pm.

Architecture & Gardens

The Los Angeles landscape is filled with architectural masterpieces and wonderful lush gardens. Pritzker Prize winning architects designed icons like Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, and the Getty Center. Frank Lloyd Wright designed L.A. landmarks including the Hollyhock House and the Ennis House.

L.A.’s urban oases include Descanso Gardens, the Huntington Library, Exposition Park’s Rose Garden, and the Getty Center’s Central Garden.

Urban Art

Los Angeles has some of the best urban art in the country, with over 1,600 murals that teach history and celebrate cultural diversity. The Chandler Outdoor Gallery is a mural collection in the NoHo Arts District. Hollywood’s urban art includes “You Are the Star” and “Dolores del Rio.”

In Downtown L.A., “The Pope of Broadway” depicts a dancing Anthony Quinn, while East L.A.’s “Los Angeles Teachers” features Edward James Olmos and Jaime Escalante.


There’s nothing like a concert in Los Angeles, whether it’s a stadium show or intimate jazz session. L.A.’s world class venues include Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Theatre, Dolby Theatre, the Wiltern and the Palladium. The weather is perfect for outdoor concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre and John Anson Ford Theatre. Smaller clubs like Conga Room and House of Blues Sunset Strip also present live music. Free concerts include Grand Performances, Music Spotlight Series, and Twilight Dance Series.

Theatre & Dance

There are more theaters in Los Angeles than any U.S. city, and more annual productions than any city in the world. Dance productions range from classic to avant-garde. Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre presents all-time Broadway hits. Center Theatre Group One is of the nation’s largest theatre companies, with programs at the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre and Kirk Douglas Theatre. KDMC is one of the largest West Coast presenters of dance, while REDCAT is a creative laboratory that nurtures cutting-edge artists.

Film & Television

Los Angeles locations have made countless appearances in films and TV episodes.

Historic Hollywood locations include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Musso & Frank Grill. L.A.’s natural locations includes Santa Monica beach and Vasquez Rocks, while legendary studios offer must-see tours for fans. And a sure way to get on TV is to attend a taping of a game show or talk show.