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  • 1 The Getty Center Los Angeles Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Perched on a north-south ridge high above the San Diego Freeway, a gleaming cluster of low-lying buildings holds one of the nation's most extensive facilities for the study, conservation and presentation of visual art. Collections include French deco..

  • 2 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard USA - Los Angeles, CA 90036

    This sprawling six-building complex, generally referred to by the acronym LACMA, is the nation's largest art museum west of Chicago. Housing a broad collection ranging from Egyptian and pre-Columbian art to contemporary works, LACMA is also the city'..

  • 3 Grammy Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    800 West Olympic Boulevard USA - Los Angeles, CA CA 90015

    Although on first sight this museum, which is dedicated to music in the United States, conjures up images of an overly ostentatious version of the Grammy Awards, this impression is soon dispelled. Including explanations on different styles of music, ..

  • 4 The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    250 S Grand Ave USA - Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Before the 1986 completion of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)'s California Plaza building, its first shows were held in this former warehouse complex with interiors redesigned for exhibition purposes by architect Frank Gehry. Formerly known as ..

  • 5 UCLA Hammer Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    10899 Wilshire Blvd USA - Los Angeles, CA 90024

    This university art museum presents a diverse schedule of historical and contemporary art exhibits (in 1999, Persian paintings, Soviet design, women photographers, Oscar Wilde), as well as a varied program of performing arts and selected works from t..

  • 6 Hollyhock House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4808 Hollywood Blvd. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Hugging the top of the hill, the tile, wood and stucco house (1921) was the first Frank Lloyd Wright building in Los Angeles. Interior and exterior ornamentation was inspired by hollyhocks, art patron Aline Barnsdall's favorite flower. It underwent a..

  • 7 Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    7000 Hollywood Blvd USA - Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Named in honor of Theodore Roosevelt, the 12-story hotel (1927) was a popular gathering spot for stars of the 1930s and 1940s. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held here on May 16, 1929. Restored and reopened in 1986, the hotel features a two-st..

  • 8 Millennium Biltmore Hotel Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    506 S. Grand Ave USA - Los Angeles, CA 90071

    A grand hotel is the prerequisite of a great metropolis, and this 1,000-room masterpiece, built in 1923 and fashioned after a 16C Italianate palace, raised the world's opinion of Los Angeles by embracing people's imagination, much as the new Walt Dis..

  • 9 Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    250 S S. Grand Ave. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90012

    An intriguing assemblage of geometric forms clad in red Indian sandstone and green aluminum panels, this museum (1986), commonly referred to as MOCA, showcases visual art produced since the 1940s.Cubes, a cylinder and 11 pyramidal skylights define MO..

  • 10 Museum of the American West Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4700 Western Heritage Way USA - Los Angeles, CA 90027

    This museum, housed in a contemporary Mission Revival-style building (1988), is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the American West, with a growing collection that numbers more than 41,000 artifacts. Construction and the initial c..

  • 11 Museum of Tolerance Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    9786 W. Pico. Blvd. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90035

    Dedicated in 1993, this museum of ideas has two principal goals: raising awareness of racism and prejudice in American life, and exploring atrocities against humanity throughout history, with primary emphasis on the Holocaust.More a high-technology m..

  • 12 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    900 Exposition Blvd. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90007

    This broad, varied collection of more than 35 million specimens and artifacts from the fields of life sciences, earth sciences and history ranks third in size in the US, after the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the National M..

  • 13 Skirball Cultural Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Housed in an eye-catching new structure overlooking the San Diego Freeway, the West Coast's preeminent Jewish cultural center and museum has taken selections from its vast repository of artifacts and art objects and arranged them into an impressive p..

  • 14 Southwest Museum of the American Indian Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4700 Western Heritage Way USA - Los Angeles, CA 90065

    Towering castle-like above the freeway from a slope of Mt. Washington, the Mission Revival building (1914) houses Los Angeles' oldest museum, dedicated to comprehensive collections and research facilities on Native American cultures. The formation of..

  • 15 Los Angeles Times Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    202 W. 1st St. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Located directly southwest of City Hall, the impressive complex occupying an entire block is the fourth home of Los Angeles' renowned daily newspaper.In 1882, when Harrison Gray Otis became a partner in the fledgling newspaper, its total circulation ..

  • 16 Eastern Columbia Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    849 S. Broadway USA - Los Angeles, CA 90014

    Faced in turquoise and gold glazed terra cotta, the 13-story Art Deco landmark (1930) presents a bevy of geometric shapes, zigzags, chevrons and stylized animal and plant forms. Atop the building, you'll see a four-sided, two-story clock tower, the w..

  • 17 Egyptian Theater Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6712 Hollywood Boulevard USA - Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Built in the wake of worldwide excitement over the discovery of King Tut's tomb, this faux-Egyptian movie palace (1922, Meyer and Holler) opened to tremendous fanfare when Sid Grauman chose it to stage the world's first Hollywood premiere. Fully rest..

  • 18 Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    USA - Los Angeles, CA 90095

    Named for a former UCLA chancellor who promoted the idea of art in a natural setting, this tree-shaded, five-acre garden (1967) showcases more than 70 works by such leading sculptors as Rodin, Matisse, Hepworth, Moore, Calder and Noguchi. At the corn..

  • 19 Grauman's Chinese Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    6925 Hollywood Blvd. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90028

    An ornate fantasy of chinoiserie, the theater (1926, Meyer & Holler) was commissioned by showman Sid Grauman$; many locals still call it Grauman's Chinese, though it is now owned by the Mann Theatres chain. Opened in 1927 with a gala premiere for Cec..

  • 20 Griffith Observatory Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    2800 E. Observatory Ave. USA - Los Angeles, CA 90027

    From a promontory on the south slope of 1,625ft Mt. Hollywood, Griffith Park's highest peak, this Art Deco observatory (1935) was donated by Col. Griffith at a cost of $255,780. With its central 84ft copper planetarium dome and two smaller flanking d..

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