LA at a Glance
Bowers Museum is one of California’s finest and Orange County’s largest museums. The permanent collection includes more than 100,000 objects focusing on several areas, such as African, South Pacific, Asian, Native American, Pre-Columbian art and California plein-air painting. The museum has cultivated partnerships with the Smithsonian, the Nanjing Museum, the Shanghai Museum and the British Museum among others to bring national and international exhibitions from the world’s greatest museums to Southern California.

Heritage Square Museum is located on the Arroyo Seco Parkway in the Montecito Heights part of Los Angeles. This is a living history museum that shows the story of development in Southern California through historical architectural examples by interpreting the years 1850 to 1950, a century of unprecedented growth in Los Angeles.

Discovery Science Center is a science museum in Santa Ana with more than 100 hands-on science exhibits designed to spark children’s natural curiosity. The center is divided into several themed areas: Science of Hockey, Dino Quest, Rocket Lab, Air & Space, Eco Challenge, Dynamic Earth, Quake Zone and the Showcase Gallery, which houses traveling exhibits. It has become a visual landmark due to its 10-story solar array cube that stands over Interstate 5.

J. Paul Getty Museum has two locations in the Los Angeles area. The Getty Center in Brentwood is a $1.3-billion facility known for its architecture, gardens and views overlooking Los Angeles. The center draws 1.3 million visitors annually and specializes in pre-20th-century European arts of all kinds and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs. The other location is the Getty Villa in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood and is an educational center and museum with 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.

Griffith Observatory is a landmark sitting on the south-facing slope of Mount Hollywood in LA’s Griffith Park that commands a view of the Los Angeles Basin. The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an extensive array of space and science-related displays.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is an education and research institution in San Marino. In addition to the library, the institution displays an art collection strong in English portraits and French 18th-century furniture in the mansion and botanical gardens that feature sections for the historic cactus collection, the Zen Garden, the Chinese Scholar’s Garden and many other specialty gardens.

The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. Over many centuries, animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved as bones. The La Brea Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago and attracts nearly 1 million visitors annually. Located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile vicinity of Los Angeles, LACMA holds more than 100,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present. In addition to art exhibits, the museum features film and concert series throughout the year.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in Exposition Park in 1913 as the Museum of History, Science and Art. Its distinctive main building, with fitted marble walls and domed and colonnaded rotunda, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is the largest in the western United States, and its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts that cover 4.5 billion years of history.

The Norton Simon Museum collections include European paintings, sculptures and tapestries; Asian sculptures, paintings and woodblock prints; and sculpture gardens displaying many works in a landscape setting around a large pond. The Norton Simon Theater shows film programs daily and hosts lectures, symposia and dance and musical performances year round.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is a contemporary art museum with three locations in the greater Los Angeles area. The main branch is located on Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles near Walt Disney Concert Hall. MOCA’s original space, initially intended as a temporary exhibit space while the main facility was built, now is known as the Geffen Contemporary in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles. The Pacific Design Center facility is in West Hollywood. The museum’s exhibits consist primarily of American and European contemporary art created after 1940 and its programming has been defined by its multidisciplinary approach to contemporary art.

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach serves the greater Los Angeles area as the only museum in the United States dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its inception, MOLAA has doubled its size, added a 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden and expanded its permanent collection, ranging from works by Tamayo and Matta to Cruz-Díez, Los Carpinteros and Tunga. The museum offers a significant permanent collection as well as educational and cultural programs to its visitors.

   
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