Los Angeles’ repertoire of museums is impressive for how young the city is. Before the rush of people to the sunny southern city, Los Angeles was an average sized farming community. The museums of Los Angeles have had a relatively limited amount of time to acquire their collections. The area’s most popular museum, for example, the Getty Museum, is only 40 years old.
The result of a massive trust and people that knew how to execute his will, the J. Paul Getty Center possesses one of the most impressive collections of classical art and sculpture in the region. Focusing on European paintings, manuscripts and photographs, the center is one of the preeminent destinations for art and culture in Los Angeles. The Getty Villa is located in Malibu, the Getty Center is in Los Angeles.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum might as well be the Natural History Museum of the University of Southern California. It’s located right across the street from the campus, within walking distance of students’ dorms in Exposition Park. The Natural History Museum is one of the most user friendly museums in Los Angeles, its exhibits on ancient plant life, dinosaurs, and spiders are engaging and informative, especially for younger patrons with a fascination with dinosaurs.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, as its known, features paintings by Salvador Dali, art from all over Latin America, contemporary and historic films and the sound stylings of DJ’s performing their musical art. Part contemporary, part classic, the LACMA’s jaunt through artistry in all forms gives Los Angeles residents and visitors a chance to experience the world’s art in their own backyard.
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Museum of Tolerance
The Museum of Tolerance is not a stroll back through the history of disagreements settled peacefully, nor is it a tribute to Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela. The Museum of Tolerance takes every day situations and assumptions and shows how people are generally tolerant or intolerant and the results of their actions. It is an abstract museum for the most part and a fascinating perspective on life and relationships.
La Brea Tar Pits
The LaBrea Tar Pits museum is built around the tar pits themselves, which ooze from the ground near Hollywood. The pits are fascinating in that there are a lot of really well preserved animals in them and major archaeological discoveries have been made. The museum on the bottom floor of the interpretive center, however, disappoints. The sheer volume of animal bones found in the pits is amazing and the bones are interesting to look at when lit and set up on display, but the museum does little to inspire.
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