List of Los Angeles' Top Museums

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Los Angeles, like any proper metropolis, cherishes its art scene, its history and subsequently its museums. When the sun gets too bright, fall into one of the many museums LA has to offer. This could also be valuable information for your next date. 

Here are Los Angeles' best museums: 


The LA County Museum of Art hosts a wide range of international art to reflect its diverse neighborhoods. Current exhibits include Diego Rivera and the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. LACMA is also home to a Giant Boulder? and those giant street lamps you’ve seen on your friends Instagram. (“Urban Light”: 202 cast iron antique street lamps designed by Chris Burden.)

La Brea Tar Pits

Long before LA existed, and the entire Kardashian dynasty (it seems like thousands of years since we didn’t have them), this area was covered in tar, and various prehistoric mammals got stuck in it. For the scientific explanation, check out the La Brea Tar Pits. It’s the world’s largest Ice Age Excavation site. Take an Excavation Tour to see what they’re currently digging up.

The Getty

Everyone’s favorite LA museum because it’s (drumroll)… free! The catch is you must (drumroll) for parking! And there’s no other way up to the castle-like museum than by car. BUT it’s absolutely affordable if you split it with your artistically inclined friends. Artists currently on exhibit: Van Gogh, Monet, and Rembrandt. Worth carpooling!

Forest Lawn

This cemetery has both a free museum and mausoleum holding the remains of Golden Age Hollywood actors and actresses, including Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Lucille Ball, and more. Also sprinkled throughout: replicas of both Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous works. A replicated “The Last Supper” is on display in addition to “David” and “La Pieta.” Fun fact: The marble used to make them is from the same marble quarry in Italy that Michelangelo used.

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