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Visitors and locals alike must take advantage of the many world-class museums thriving in Los Angeles. Temporary exhibits are much welcomed additions to the regular fare are amazing treats for further education. The following are five of the best museum exhibits in Los Angeles.
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Raku: The Cosmos of a Tea Bowl
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
www.lacma.org
Dates: March 29, 2015 through June 7, 2015

Japanese potters who worked with low fire ceramics started making these tea bowls in the 1500s. These vessels are considered Asian masterpieces by experts. The exhibit displays nearly 100 pieces. Beyond the cherished tea bowls in this collection, expect incense burners and water jars.

Photo Credit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Photo Credit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Winging It
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466
www.nhm.org
Dates: Through September 7, 2015

The Butterfly Habitat, called a living habitat, is where guests can wander in this magical kingdom to watch nearly 30 species of butterfly. These beauties all hail from North America but have gathered in Southern California. You can see how these flying wonders behave in all kinds of environments.

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(Courtesy of Big Machine)


The Taylor Swift Experience
Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6800
www.grammymuseum.org
Dates: Through October 4, 2015

Taylor Swift typically saves the most intimate parts of her personal life for her songs, but the Grammy Museum has been fortunate to get a hold of some reminders of why this musician is such a phenomenon. The museum features costumes from her Red Tour, the banjo she strummed in 2012 at the Emmys, and lyrics she penned in her own handwriting for her hit song “22.” Any Taylor Swift fan will delight in this exhibit as will others who may just decide to join this international group of fervent fans.

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In Focus: Animalia
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300
www.getty.edu
Dates: May 26, 2015 through October 18, 2015

You don’t have to look hard on social media to find cute pictures of attractive baby animals. Photographs of these diverse species, old and young, have captured viewers in countless photos. As technology of taking photos has become more sophisticated, so has the images produced by such consummate pioneer shooters as Alfred Stieglitz, Adolphe Braun, Lisette Model, Horatio Ross, Taryn Simon, and Sandy Skoglund, to name just a few. Be sure to stop by The Getty Center and marvel at this collective and celebrated works. There is no doubt you’ll be inspired to go out and take some brilliant pictures of your own.

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(credit: Cathy C. /Yelp)


Tongues United
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(213) 621-1741
www.moca.org
Dates: June 6, 2015 through September 13, 2015

A movie called Tongues Unitedis a celebrated film by Marion Riggs that exhibits the journey of black and gay people dealing with the AIDS crisis in the United States. This film takes on other subjects including sexual and political oppression of this vital community. Beyond Riggs’ representation, other pieces from the museum’s Permanent Collection include those from John Boskovich and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com

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