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List of museums in Los Angeles

This list of museums in Los Angeles is a list of museums located within the City of Los Angeles, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Community Type Summary
A+D Museum   Downtown Architecture Architecture and Design Museum, changing exhibits, information and education center about architecture, interior design, landscape design, fashion design and product design
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures   Wilshire Media Under Construction museum to be located at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue (formerly the May Department Store)
African American Firefighter Museum   Downtown Firefighting Vintage fire apparatus, stories, pictures, memorabilia of pioneering African American Los Angeles firefighters
The Animal Museum Downtown Cultural Explores the shared experiences and interactions of humans and animals
Annenberg Space for Photography Century City Photography Changing exhibits of digital and print photography
American Jewish University Art Galleries   Bel Air Art Platt and Borstein Art Galleries, Smalley Sculpture Garden
Andres Pico Adobe   Mission Hills Historic house Operated by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society
Armand Hammer Museum of Art   Westwood Art Also known as the Hammer Museum, collection includes French 19th-century masters, European old master paintings, American artists from the 18th to 20th centuries, works by 19th-century French satirist Honoré Daumier and contemporaries, sculpture and contemporary art
Autry Museum of the American West   Griffith Park Culture Museum dedicated to the art, history, and cultures of the American West. Established in 2003 following the merger of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, the Women of the West Museum, and the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage)
Avila Adobe   Downtown Historic house Oldest standing residence in Los Angeles, part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Banning Residence Museum   Wilmington Historic house Victorian mansion of Phineas Banning
Barnsdall Art Park   Little Armenia Art Includes the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre and Hollyhock House
Battleship IOWA   San Pedro Military Operated by the Pacific Battleship Center, battleship that served during WWII, Korean War and the Cold War, and has hosted 3 Presidents
Ben Maltz Gallery Westchester Art Contemporary art gallery of Otis College of Art and Design
Bhagavad-gita Museum Art/Religion Diorama displays illustrating the Bhagavad-gita, owned and operated by ISKCON
Bolton Hall Museum   Tujunga Local history Operated by the Little Landers Historical Society
The Broad Museum Downtown Art A contemporary art museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad
Cal State Northridge Art Galleries Northridge Art Main, Summer and West galleries[1]
California State University, Los Angeles Luckman Fine Arts Complex and Fine Arts Gallery University Hills Art Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex for visual and performing arts,[2] and the Fine Arts Gallery in Building 9 that is part of the Department of Art[3]
California African American Museum   Exposition Park African American
California Science Center   Exposition Park Science
Campo de Cahuenga   Hollywood Historic house
Centinela Adobe   Westchester Historic house
Chatsworth Museum   Chatsworth Historic house Operated by the Chatsworth Historical Society at the Homestead Acre, late 19th-century homesteader's cottage known as the Hill-Palmer Cottage
Chinese American Museum   Downtown Ethnic - Chinese History and experience of Chinese Americans in the state of California, also fine art exhibits, part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Craft and Folk Art Museum   Miracle Mile Folk Art Located in Museum Row
Discovery Cube Los Angeles Lake View Terrace Science Located by Hansen Dam, the museum for children to learn about science
Drum Barracks   Wilmington Civil War Civil War-era military facility with museum containing camp models, period displays
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument   Downtown Multiple Includes Olvera Street, Avila Adobe, Chinese American Museum, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, Plaza Firehouse Museum, Sepulveda House, changing exhibits in El Pueblo Gallery, Pico House, Hellman/Quon building
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum Downtown Textile Costumes, accessories, textiles & perfume
Flight Path Learning Center & Museum   Los Angeles Airport Flying Aircraft, models, photos, displays, school tours, and special programs. Library includes rare industry magazines dating to World War II and before, aircraft manuals, and historic photographs
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) San Fernando Valley History Houses the Hall Of Liberty American History Museum
Fort MacArthur Museum   San Pedro Military History of the fort and its role in defending the Los Angeles area
Fowler Museum   Westwood Cultural Part of UCLA, collections include art, ethnographic and archaeological objects representing prehistoric, historic, and contemporary cultures of Africa, Native and Latin America, and Asia and the Pacific
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden   Westwood Art Sculpture garden located on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles and is run by the Hammer Museum.
Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Holmby Hills Art Estate and gardens with collection of 20th-century art, open by appointment on guided tours
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA   Downtown Art Located in Little Tokyo district, branch of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Getty Center   Brentwood Art One site of the J. Paul Getty Museum, exhibits classical sculpture and art, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and photography
Getty Villa   Pacific Palisades Cultural Another site of the J. Paul Getty Museum, arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria
Grammy Museum   Downtown Music Located at L.A. Live, history of the Grammy Awards and music artifacts
Grier Musser Museum Downtown Historic house website, turn-of-the century Queen Anne house
Griffith Observatory   Griffith Park Science Exhibits include astronomy, planets, stars, the cosmos, gravity, the sun and moon
Guinness World Record Museum   Hollywood Entertainment website, located on Hollywood Boulevard and featuring world record breaking facts and feats.
Heritage Square Museum   Montecito Heights Open air Eight structures tell the story of the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th Century
Hill-Palmer Cottage   Chatsworth Historic house Operated by the Chatsworth Historical Society, also known as the Homestead Acre
Hollywood Bowl Museum Hollywood Media Gallery of photos from performers at the Hollywood Bowl, audio and video clips, memorabilia
Hollywood Heritage Museum   Hollywood History Archival photographs from silent movie picture productions, movie props, historic documents and movie memorabilia
Hollywood Museum   Hollywood Media Oover 10,000 historical costumes, props, models, set pieces and more from movies and movie stars, located in the Max Factor building
Hollywood Wax Museum   Hollywood Wax Wax figures of media stars, fictional characters, famous politicians and a Chamber of Horrors
Human Resources Downtown Art Non-profit exhibition and performance space
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Downtown Cultural Part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, history and contributions of Italian Americans in Los Angeles
Japanese American National Museum   Downtown Ethnic - Japanese Japanese American history, culture and art, located in Little Tokyo
Judson Studios   Highland Park Art Art gallery and stained glass workshops
Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive Westwood History website Part of UCLA, birthplace and early history of the Internet where the first node of the ARPANET (a network that laid foundations for the modern Internet) was sent
Korean Cultural Center Koreatown Ethnic - Korean Korean history and culture, changing exhibits of traditional and contemporary art
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Downtown Ethnic Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California, art and culture, reconstruction of 1920's Main Street vignettes
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Hollywood Art Also known as LACE, contemporary art exhibition space and archive of the visual arts for the city of Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art   Miracle Mile Art Includes Pavilion for Japanese Art, collections of African, Ancient Americas, American, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Korean, Contemporary, Egyptian, European, Latin American and Asian art, costumes & textiles, decorative arts and design, photography
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial   Various Firefighting Old Fire Station 27 is located on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, history of the department, antique equipment and fire engines; Old Fire Station 36 is located in San Pedro, also called the Harbor Museum
Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum   Griffith Park Railroad Located next to Travel Town Museum, operates 7½" gauge model trains for visitors to ride, includes Walt Disney's Carolwood Barn
Los Angeles Maritime Museum   San Pedro Maritime Local maritime, diving and fishing industries, ship models, sailor's artifacts, local history, USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery   Little Armenia Art Located in Barnsdall Art Park, focus is arts and artists of Southern California
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust   Fairfax History Located in Pan Pacific Park, dedicated to educating the public and commemorating those who survived and who were lost
Los Angeles Police Museum   Highland Park Law enforcement Artifacts include photos, uniforms, badges, squad cars, a paddy wagon, and bullet-riddled vehicles
Los Encinos State Historic Park   Encino History Area agriculture history and historic adobe house
Lummis House   Highland Park Historic house Early 20th century rock house, also known as El Alisal
Marciano Art Foundation Windsor Square Art A space for discovery and engagement with contemporary art in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple
Mission San Fernando Rey de España   Mission Hills Religious Includes the Archival Center Museum of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, history of the archdiocese including exhibits about archbishops and cardinals, papal collection, art, missions, religious objects
Muller House San Pedro Historic house 1899 Colonial Revival house, operated by the San Pedro Bay Historical Society[4]
Museum of Contemporary Art   Downtown Art Main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Museum Row, Geffen Contemporary is in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles, and Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood
Museum of Death   Hollywood Criminology Located on Hollywood Boulevard, death and related topics including funerals, murder, and capital punishment
Museum of Jurassic Technology Palms Multiple Unusual collection of exhibits and objects with varying and uncertain degrees of authenticity
Museum of the San Fernando Valley Northridge Multiple website, history, art, and culture of the San Fernando Valley
Museum of Tolerance   Westside History World racism & prejudice with a strong focus on the history of the Holocaust
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County   Exposition Park Natural history Displays include animal habitats, dinosaurs, pre-Columbian cultures and the Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center and Insect Zoo
Nethercutt Collection Sylmar Automobile Over 130 antique, classic and special interest automobiles
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences   Silver Lake Historic house Home of architect Richard Neutra
Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits)   Miracle Mile Natural history Fossils housed in the George C. Page Museum, located in Museum Row
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries   Downtown LGBT Art & History Repository of LGBT materials, presents exhibitions at its main location near the University of Southern California
Oran Z's Pan African Black Facts & Wax Museum South Los Angeles African American website, wax figures, cultural artifacts from throughout the African world, black memorabilia, Blacks in advertising, Negro League baseball history, autographs, historical artifacts, reference library
Petersen Automotive Museum   Wilshire Transportation Vintage automobiles, history of autos in Los Angeles, automotive art, artifacts and memorabilia, located in Museum Row
Plaza Firehouse Museum   Downtown Firefighting Part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, late 19th to early 20th century firefighting equipment, apparatus, photos, located in a historic firehouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum   San Pedro Maritime Restored lighthouse museum
Psychiatry: An Industry of Death   Hollywood Religious Owned and operated by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an anti-psychiatry organization founded by the Church of Scientology
Ralph J. Bunche House   South Los Angeles Biographical Also known as the Ralph Bunche Peace & Heritage Center
REDCAT Downtown Art Exhibition venue of the California Institute of the Arts, with public art gallery
Ripley's Believe It or Not!   Hollywood Entertainment Located on Hollywood Boulevard
Sepulveda House   Downtown Local history Part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, historic house and visitor center with exhibits about the area
Skirball Cultural Center   Brentwood Jewish Home of the Skirball Museum with exhibits about Jewish culture, accomplishments and the history of the Jewish people in the United States
SPARC Gallery   Venice Art Community art center and gallery
Southwest Museum of the American Indian   Mt. Washington Native American Galleries are closed for rehabilitation, but the museum still offers programs, events and a gift shop; now part of the Autry National Center
SS Lane Victory   San Pedro Maritime Second World War Victory ship preserved as a museum ship
Travel Town Museum   Griffith Park Railroad Steam locomotives and other rolling stock
USC Fisher Museum of Art University Park Art Contemporary and old master exhibitions
Velveteria Downtown Art Collection of velvet paintings
Watts Towers   Watts Art Outdoor folk art tower sculptures and adjacent Watts Towers Arts Center
Wells Fargo History Museum Downtown History Role of the Wells Fargo company in southern California, 19th-century Wells Fargo office, gold mining artifacts, stagecoach
Will Rogers State Historic Park   Pacific Palisades Historic house Ranch home of Will Rogers
Zimmer Children's Museum Wilshire Children's website

Defunct museumsEdit


  1. ^ "Art Galleries". Cal State Northridge. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Official site". Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fine Arts Gallery". Cal State L.A. Department of Art. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Official site". San Pedro Bay Historical Society. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sports Museum of Los Angeles Closes Again, This Time for Good". LA Downtown News. September 23, 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Official site". VIVA Gallery. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 

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