California Museums

Los Angeles Museums List

Los Angeles County Historic Homes & Museums:
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Southwest Museum
Getty Villa
A recreation of the ancient Herculean Villa dei Papiri, the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades houses an extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
Museums LA is the latest addition to the expanding Experience LA Network of cultural web portals and online information.
Experience LA Museums
Experience LA museum listings in alphabetical order.
Facilities within the Port of Los Angeles
Recognized facilities within the Port including cruise centers, museums, and Cargo terminals
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Japanese American National Museum
Autry Museum of Western Heritage
California Science Center
Fire Department Museum and Firefighter Memorial
A museum and memorial dedicated to the heroic men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
UCLA Hammer Museum
Museum of Television & Radio
Museum of Contemporary Art
Getty Center
Designed by architect Richard Meier, with gardens by artist Robert Irwin, the Getty Center in Brentwood features paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and photography.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
California African American Museum
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Travel Town Museum
In 1887, Señora Eloisa Martinez de Sepulveda built a two-story Eastlake Victorian style business and residential block on her property between Main and Olvera Street. The Sepulveda House represents the architectural and social transformation of Los Angeles from its early Mexican traditions to a blending of Mexican and Anglo culture. The Visitors' Center is located on the first floor of the Historic Sepulveda House, the Visitors' Center offers gifts, books, maps, postcards, mementos and many other items for sale that reflect El Pueblo's rich history.
Old Plaza Firehouse 1884
The Plaza Firehouse was the first building in the city designed to house fire fighting crews and their equipment. A volunteer city Fire Department was formed in 1871. The first occupants of the Firehouse when it was built in 1884 were called the Volunteer 38s (this being the number of men in Engine Company No 1.) The Plaza Firehouse has been restored and converted into a museum which displays firefighting equipment of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Chinese American Museum
Located in the historic Garnier Building (1890), the last surviving structure from the city's original Chinatown, the Chinese American Museum (CAM) opened on December 18, 2003 with the goal of cultivating public awareness, understanding and appreciation for the more than 150 years of Chinese American history in the United States and in Los Angeles. For more information on current and upcoming exhibits and programs, visit CAM's website at, or contact (213) 485-8567.
Avila Adobe
The Avila Adobe was constructed in 1818 by a prominent ranchero, Francisco José Avila, a native of Sinaloa, who was alcalde, or mayor of Los Angeles in 1810. Following Francisco Avila's death in 1832, his second wife, Encarnación Avila continued to live in the house with her two daughters. The Los Angeles Census of 1844 lists Encarnación Avila, age 40, as a widow living in the house with one daughter. For a brief time, from January 10-19, 1847, the adobe was commandeered as a military headquarters by the invading North American army under Robert Stockton. After Encarnación Avila died in 1855, the home passed to her two daughters, Luisa and Francisca and their husbands, Manuel Garfias and Theodore Rimpau. Francisca and Theodore Rimpau and their nine children continued to live in the adobe from 1855 to 1868 until they moved to Anaheim, California where Theodore served as the first mayor. From 1868 to the early 1920s, the adobe was rented and used as a restaurant, rooming house for transients, or was frequently vacant. The condition of the building deteriorated and was finally condemned in 1926 by the City Health Department, which caught the attention of Christine Sterling, who began a public campaign to save the adobe. Today, the Avila Adobe is open to the public as a museum and is furnished as it might have appeared in the late 1840s.
Dept. of Recreation and Parks' Museums
Banning Residence Museum, Cabrillo Aquarium, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum, Gene Autry Museum,
Los Angeles Maritime Museum

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