Museums

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90802

562-590-3100

The puffins invariably draw a crowd, as do the psychedelic sea jellies, the Tolkienesque sea dragons, and especially the touching ponds…

Website: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org

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Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St., Los Angeles, CA, 90245

310-909-0950

If you want to understand why cars end up in museums in the first place, motor to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, where docents take guests for a Sunday spin in one of the 130 restored vehicles from the collection.

Website: http://www.automobiledrivingmuseum.org

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Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-667-2000

The Autry National Center offers a look at the American West with ongoing and special exhibitions for all ages…

Website: http://theautry.org

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Bailey Children’s Museum

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA, 90631

562-905-9793

Sure, Kidspace in Pasadena is nifty, but the Bailey Children’s Museum at La Habra is really hands-on…

Website: http://lahabracity.com

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Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

1517 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-395-8279

With the still warm loaves of ciabatta baked in batches every few hours, the mix of Boar’s Head and imported meats…

Website: http://bcdeli.com

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr, Los Angeles, CA, 90731

310-548-7562

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium helps adventurers ages two to four become mini Cousteaus…

Website: http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org

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California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90037

323-724-3623

Name a child who doesn’t like playing with goo. So it’s practically guaranteed yours will plunge into lessons on how to concoct the slimy stuff at…

Website: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org

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California Science Center

39th and Figueroa Sts., Los Angeles, CA, 90011

323-724-3623

For the thrifty the Getty Center is its most appealing after five on Saturdays, when the $15 parking fee—essentially the cost of admission—is waived…

Website: http://www.californiasciencecenter.org

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Case Study House No. 22

1635 Woods Dr., Hollywood, CA, 90069

208-429-1058

Set high in the Hollywood Hills, the midcentury-modern Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, offers a better-than-Runyon view of the city

Website: http://www.stahlhouse.com

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First Fridays

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

213-763-3466

The First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park balances the educational (preparty lectures are fascinating) with the unorthodox (loud bands in a hallowed space)…

Website: http://www.nhm.org

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Garden Terrace Café

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-440-7300

At the Getty’s Garden Terrace CafĂ©. cool breezes swirl through pillars of Italian stone…

Website: http://www.getty.edu/visit/see_do/eat_shop.html

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Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-443-7000

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center opened in 1990. The museum houses impressionist and post-impressionist works from the personal art collection of founder Armand Hammer, who died three weeks after the museum opened…

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

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Hammer Museum Bookstore

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-443-7063

Your feet hurt and the kids are cranky, but stop by the Hammer Museum Bookstore anyway after an afternoon in the galleries…

Website: http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

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Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

1151 Oxford Rd, Los Angeles, CA, 91108

626-405-2100

Ongoing activities at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens are a sort of finishing school for the cookie-crunching set.

Website: http://www.huntington.org

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Kidspace

480 N. Arroyo Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-449-9144

The workshops at Kidspace are like chocolate chips in a brownie: indulgence inside an indulgence…

Website: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org

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LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-857-6000

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the West, housing 100,000 objects from ancient times to modern day…

Website: http://www.lacma.org

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Luckman Fine Arts Complex

5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90032

323-343-6611

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex is defined by its four venues; Luckman Theatre, Street of the Arts, The Gallery, and Luckman Intimate Theatre.

Website: http://www.luckmanarts.org

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Mini Cake Museum

573 S. Boyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90033

(323)263-6195

You want a piece of this. The Mini Cake Museum has been curated over many years by Frances Kuyper, a woman who left behind a vaudeville career to spend the next five decades amassing more than 150 confections and more than 500 cake-decorating books

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