Southlanders have access to cultural opportunities only available in a metropolis the size and with the diversity of Los Angeles. The many permanent exhibits available are crowned by these leading venues. From natural history, ancient art and space exploration exhibits, visitors learn and enjoy the world around them, and all leave with new inspiration.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
From African mammals to Latin American art and from California history to dinosaurs, the permanent exhibits at LA’s Natural History Museum excite the young and old. The world famous museum offers a spectacle of earth’s natural and cultural history with a focus on the Southland. With more than 34 million specimens, some dated over 4.5 billion years, museum goers will enjoy a complete picture of the planet’s evolution as we continue toward the future.
Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust
100 S. The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Museum of The Holocaust commemorates those who suffered most in the darkest period of western civilization. With a mission to educate future generations, the museum has become the primary source of historical documents and artifacts of the Nazi-perpetrated holocaust. This sad and sobering permanent exhibit’s intent is to assure “it doesn’t happen again,” and visitors will discover a profound human connection with a history not to be forgotten.
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Strictly modeled after an ideal Mediterranean villa, this museum is a step back into the beginnings of western culture and civilization. Twenty-three galleries offer visitors more than 1,000 works of art from the Etruscan, Roman and Greek worlds. Reaching back 8,000 years to the first millennium, visitors stroll the galleries and outdoor walks immersed in the past brought to life.
Endeavour and the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center
California Science Center at Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Centered on the recently acquired Space Shuttle Endeavour, the Air and Space Center brings home the reality of space flight and its impact on the nation and world. Hands-on exhibits provide a learning experience in the sciences of engineering, flight and exploration. After 25 missions and traveling 123 million miles, the Endeavour was trucked across the streets of Los Angeles to its new home – now Southlanders hold a stake in the history of space exploration.
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Before spaceflight, humans explored space by peering up from earth. Above the Los Angeles basin, visitors tour the historic Griffith Observatory with its many permanent exhibits. The building was designed in the first decades of the 20th Century. Whether for a day visit or by night, special events and presentations for the small price of admission have informed and entertained for generations. Astronomy comes alive for the novice and expert as well.
Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on Examiner.com