The city of Los Angeles is rich in its history and entertaining destinations to visit and explore. Many tourists can be seen on weekends cruising down Hollywood Boulevard seated on bus tours where tour guides share Hollywood stories of fame and fortune for people to enjoy. In addition to bus tours, Los Angeles is home to some of the most engaging historical tours that present the city’s development and history through educationally rewarding visual exhibits. The Here are several of the best historical tours in the city of Los Angeles to visit and enjoy.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The La Brea Tar Pits are an active Ice Age site located in the heart of Los Angeles. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum bring the Ice Age back to life through excavator tours led by Ice Age experts who take visitors on a visual journey back in time. Dinosaurs, Mammoths and Saber-tooth Tigers are featured at this historical site.There are fossil labs, lake pits, and observation pits where visitors see and experience what a tar pit dig looks like. “Titans of the Ice Age 3D” is a specialty film that brings to life the animals of the Ice Age in animated splendor for kids and families to enjoy. The film takes viewers back in a transformation in time to see what the Wilshire district looked like during the Ice Age centuries before modern day technology of computers, laptops, and androids.
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum offers engaging visual displays filled with archaeological artifacts that date back over 4.5 billion years ago. Based in Exposition Park near USC, the museum features three floors each representing distinct exhibits that present historical visual displays on the history of dinosaurs, mammals, fish, insects, and pre-historic cultures. The Dinosaur Hall tour is filled with large replicas of dinosaurs complete with reading materials that offer historical facts on each species.
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Located in the Fairfax District, this Los Angeles based museum is all about cars. It is located in a historic department store that soon transformed itself into the home of antique and classic cars. Founded by Robert and Margie Petersen, specialty tours revolve around car stories, the evolution of manufacturing cars and the automotive models that changed the shape of American culture. The museum’s visual displays offer an array of information on the ever changing landscape of auto technology and design from the first car forward to the present time. Displays illustrate cars of the past to the present and the visual dynamics of each era as represented by the cars of the time.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour
523 W. Sixth St., Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014
You will be amazed at the number of interesting and iconic sites you can see in downtown Los Angeles in just two and a half hours with this weekend tour. You will see the fabric of Los Angeles history as you pass One Bunker Hill, the Million Dollar Library, Pershing Square, Grand Central Market and more. If you’re new to the city, here is how to get introduced to the interesting past and thriving current of the city. Even if you’ve been here a while, you’re bound to learn something new. This tour can typically accept walk-ins, but it never hurts to reserve your spot.
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The Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
The Hollywood Museum is credited as the official museum of Tinseltown. It is nestled within the landmark Max Factor building, one of Hollywood’s top makeup studios for the stars. A variety of tours are offered including a tour of the locations where Marilyn Monroe was transformed by stylists into a glamorous platinum blonde star and Lucille Ball into a glamorous redhead. The museum houses four floors of celebrity costumes, Hollywood scripts, autographed photos and classic Hollywood memorabilia. The beginnings of the Hollywood film industry are seen in a specialty photo exhibit entitled,”The History of Hollywood in Pictures.” Specialty educational exhibits display illustrations of over 1000 black and white photographs from the silent film era to Hollywood’s classic film era of MGM and Paramount Pictures.
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