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Hamm has twice received individual Lowell Thomas Awards. A partner in both the renowned bookstore Family and the movie theater Cinefamily, Harkham lives in Los Angeles With his wife and three children. Harkness is an art director for the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and helped lead a Miami Herald reporting team whose investigation into the crash of the space shuttle Columbia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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In addition to the authentic items from this era there are several exhibits relating to Hollywood and westerns. Look for lots of movie memorabilia including guns and costumes.

This museum is open every day of the week but Monday. A cafe and a gift shop are on site. Avila Adobe is located at 10 Olvera Street and is open from pm daily. This extremely historical location is the oldest residence in Los Angeles having been constructed in by a wealthy cattle rancher Francisco Avila originally from Sinaloa, Mexico. Note the wooden floors — this was not always the case — the original floors were made from hard earth.

The walls of the adobe are really thick — up to 3 feet in width, and are made of sun baked mud. One interesting historical tidbit is the part the La Brea Tarpits played in the construction. Tar was taken from these pits Wilshire Blvd now runs in front of the tarpits , was mixed with rocks and horse hair and was used as a sealant on the wooden beams holding up the roof.

Clay from the Los Angeles River was also used in the construction. Avila maintained a garden and a vineyard on site with water coming to the property from an irrigation ditch that led from the Los Angeles River to the east of the property. The adobe is located almost cross from Union Station and there are views of this historic building from the south part of the courtyard.

The courtyard is a peaceful and quiet place to relax — considering you are next to the busy pedestrian Olvera Street and are not far from major freeways including the and the 10 and the hustle and bustle of downtown. The historic Sepulveda House is also located here and can be toured during normal visiting hours. Free parking is curbside along any of the residential streets in the area. In order to see the museum and home, visitors must go on tours. The museum focuses on Phineas Banning and the home that he built here in Today 18 rooms are open to the public by guided tour.

We have visited the park but have yet to take a tour of the museum. Check back by late for an update here. Bergamot Station is located in Santa Monica on site of one of the original Red Line Trolley stops back when public transportation within Los Angeles was served by trolley cars.

This was one of the stops that served between Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Today the station is composed of over 40 galleries and art and design forms — all of which are open to the public without admission. The works focus on modern genres of art however some galleries display more traditional paintings realism. Each gallery has its own curator — some of the artists are extremely talented. During a recent visit we were introduced to the incredible works of Dario Campanile www.

His watermelon paintings are so vivid and real, you almost want to reach out and take a bite of one of them! A large parking lot is located in the center of the complex parking is also available on side streets.

A stop here is an excellent way to visit a number of galleries without having to drive all over town — and unlike a museum, the works of art displayed are for sale. A cafe is also on site. Bergamot Station is located right off the 10 Freeway.

The museum was founded in by the city of Santa Ana from a financial gift left by Charles and Ada Bowers. This is clearly one of the top museums in Orange County with excellent International cultural and art exhibits. Over , works of art are contained within their permanent collections. Rotating historical artifacts and art make up a number of galleries. Galleries specifically dedicated to California paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries are also a highlight.

A unique component of this museum is their Kidseum located just south of the main Bower Museum at the corner of 18th and Main Streets. A variety of art programs and exhibits are offered. Allow at least 2 hours at the main Bowers Museum. Broad Museum pronounced Brode is located at S Grand Ave in downtown Los Angeles and provides a weighty white counterpart building to the impressive Disney Concert Hall located across the street.

The Broad Museum maintains their own parking garage below the actual museum — enter on 2nd Street. The garage is three floors — if it gets super busy, cars will be parked single file two at a time.

Despite the cost of parking, admission to the actual museum is free and you are given a ticket before you enter the building. An extended escalator leads upstairs — the end disappearing into what looks like a cave.

The museum was founded by art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad and opened on September 20th, The museum is home to over 2, pieces of art spread over multiple galleries across two floors. An interesting system of storing the works of art is in place metal cages which you can see through windows as you walk between the gallery floors. The focus is on contemporary art — even if you are not a contemporary art enthusiasts, after a visit to this museum, you will leave with a memorable impression.

The works of art are extremely unique, unexpected and at times, intriguing. This has to be one of the more social media driven museums in Los Angeles — with the works capturing the attention of many phone cameras as people slowly walk through the exhibits. The museum attracts a wide range of visitors including many young people who have an interest in art.

A number of fascinating exhibits are on display including Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson — The Visitors, a series of a number of large screens which captures a haunting melodic at times Bohemian music video shot in a mansion north of New York City. The video was shot in one take and runs for slightly more than an hour.

Visitors find themselves walking through the room at times to follow the action as it moves from screen to screen. Also easily identifiable works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. A tiny gift shop greets visitors as you exit. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at Stephen M. Three main highlights here are the actual exhibit hall which contains a number of small aquariums focusing on Southern California marine life — both plants and animals including some impressive sea anemones.

What sets this museum apart from other aquariums is not its size overall it is rather small but rather is its Exploration Center and Aquatic Nursery. The Exploration Center contains a number of microscopes for closeup viewing of sea life — staff and guides are on hand to interpret and help answer questions. Ongoing experiments and tanks growing live organisms including fish are on display.

The Aquarium is located in the Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park — be sure to pick up a walking map of this area at the Aquarium; this handout highlights the unique aspects of several parts of the nearby coastline. A white sand beach is located across the parking lot — overlooking a bunch of industry and marine cargo equipment.

This area and nearby park sometimes is a great place to escape the hectic hustle and bustle of the LA Freeways. For more information about the aquarium visit: We have visited and reviewed all three including the museums at each mission here: For art lovers, this is one museum you do not want to miss. The 12 room gallery contains the private collection of Dr. Tei Fu Chen — a world renowned herbalist and founder of Sunrider International. Tei Fu Chen has amassed a world class collection of Chinese antiquities — mostly through International auction houses.

Highlights of the gallery include very detailed jade carvings, colorful ceramics and pottery dating back several thousand years. A number of pieces clearly show International artistic influences European, Indian and Middle Eastern. Admission to the museum is free and tours typically take about an hour and are always private for your party. The guides are extremely knowledgeable about Chinese antiquities and enjoying sharing the highlights of this rare collection.

Tours are available in English and Chinese with select other languages offered by prior arrangement. For more information please visit: Chinese American Museum opened in and is located in what looks like an old movie set — but is actually a restored part of the original Chinatown. This site is the home of the original Chinatown in Los Angeles; its residents were forcibly removed starting in to make way for Union Station and the Hollywood Freeway.

The museum is housed in the last surviving structure of the original Chinatown. Today you are more likely to find Chinese merchants working in the surrounding area speaking Spanish.

This part of downtown is the oldest in Los Angeles and some of its oldest standing buildings are still standing. This area is known as the El Pueblo de Historical Monument, a acre public park. The mission of the museum is to educate the public about Chinese-Americans long rich cultural history in Los Angeles.

The museum is small; it did expand to the second floor in — allow about 30 minutes. From near the entrance there are good views of city hall nearby. The museum is located nearly across from Union Station and is a very short walk from here. A number of parking lots are in the surrounding neighborhood as well as select street side metered parking most have machines that accept credit cards and coins. Note that the part of Los Angeles street where the museum is located is a walking only street.

The museum focuses on a number of Space related activities — including as a memorial to the astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. The aerospace company Rockwell operated in Downey for 70 years.

The museum features a number of hands on activities for visitors including to some extent portraying how life is aboard the Space Shuttle. A robotics lab, computer lab and a number of exhibits are on display relating to aerospace, engineering and both human and robotic space exploration.

Exhibits rotate at times however they do have a sizable permanent exhibition. Other highlights include the Rockwell Signature Blocks — 14 concrete blocks signed by astronauts, a real astronaut suit named Andy ; guests can take their photos with the suit and the Challenger Learning Center which focuses on hands on education for students.

The space can also be reserved for private events. For more information about this unique museum, visit: There are no permanent exhibitions here, rather artwork rotates, usually every few months.

During a recent visit art as diverse as a tattoo exhibit along with colorful pottery was on display. Their focus is twofold — both on traditional art as well as contemporary artists. A small gift shop sells a variety of ecletic and unique pieces of artwork. The building that houses the museum dates from and certainly has a unique exterior facade when compared to the nearby much taller modern buildings.

The museum originally began in this building in as a restaurant that also sold art. The museum dates from The museum also promotes additional folk art exhibits around Los Angeles. Check their website for more information: There is plenty of free open air parking next to the Cube. The Cube features a number of permanent as well as traveling exhibits focusing on education for children. There is even a digital check out screen. Discover energy saving ideas and compare and contrast low and high energy usage devices such as light bulbs.

The Race to Zero Waste is an interactive game digitally monitored in which items flow around a conveyer belt with people stationed along side. The idea is to quickly sort recyclables and other waste from items moving around this conveyor belt. This game combines education, competitiveness with the focus being on healthy living. Be sure to visit upstairs to try your hand children and adults alike at The Science of Hockey exhibit with a Los Angeles Kings theme of course - representatives of the LA Kings were on hand to help with the overall design and layout of this exhibit.

It recreates a hockey stadium environment with the experience focusing on fun as well as the science and math behind the sport. Here you can shoot hockey pucks against a digital goalie our top speed was 42mph, we were informed that most of their shots are in the 5mph range due to the age of the kids! If you visit on the weekdays chances are you will share the museum with a number of students on field trips. Weekends can be busy with families. Often guest speakers will present information to groups of children — during a recent visit one such presenter was making a presentation on dentistry to children under the ages of The Bean Sprouts Cafe is located inside the Cube and features healthy sandwiches and salads as well as an organic espresso bar.

The Cube is also available for birthday parties and other event rental options. Dominiguez Rancho Adobe Museum is located at S. Alameda Street in Rancho Dominigues within a short drive south of the 91 Freeway and near the Compton Creek which connects to the slightly further away, Los Angeles River. Pull in the long driveway, wind up the hill and park next to the adobe entrance.

This is truly an underrated historical site, still an unknown property by most Angelenos and perhaps under visited. Surrounded by many industrial neighborhoods, at first glance one is not aware of the rich history on this property. Remarkably the descendants of Juan Jose Dominiguez still own some property from the original land grant operating as Watson Land Company and the Carson Estates Company.

Guided tours of the old adobe home built in are given at 1, 2 and 3pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and the first Thursday and Friday of each month. Admission is free and the tour usually lasts around 45 minutes and in reality often starts a few minutes past the hour. Part of the house is actually made from adobe — part is not and one can often notice a temperature difference when walking between the two sections.

After Juan Jose Dominiguez died never married and no children the land was passed to his only living relative — a nephew, Cristobal Dominguez. One of his sons, Manuel Dominiguez eventually became mayor of Los Angeles.

The Dominiguez family continued to oversee the land through successive generations and children eventually married into what are now families synonymous with this part of Los Angles: The interior of the adobe displays a number of furnishing of how the interior would have been decorated in the early years. Remarkably there is a small chapel contained within one of the rooms — family members used to take horse and wagon to downtown Los Angeles from here used to take upwards of two hours in those days — perhaps a similar length of time today when one makes this drive during rush hour and when this journey became to arduous for the aging parishioners they petitioned the church to be able to create a chapel at the adobe — and the priest came to them to hold mass.

A room worth spending some time exploring and reading the exhibits is the room that contains information about the Los Angeles International Aviation Meet. This was the first major airshow in the United States and was held at Dominguez Field, land once part of Rancho San Pedro — lasting for 10 days. It was the first time most people had ever seen airplanes — even William Boeing attended although he was not able to secure a seat in a plane during the entire event.

This room highlights this event and some the early aviation pioneers including the first women ever to pilot a plane, Raymonde de Laroche.

The Rancho was also the home of the Goodyear Blimp at one point. Prior to this, the land was used for grazing sheep and cattle. Also worth checking out next to the oil pump is the original windmill used to draw water from a well on the property. In surviving family members donated the adobe and 17 acres to the Claretian Missionary Fathers. It is located at N. Banning Boulevard in Wilmington in the midst of older residential neighborhoods.

And compared to the military based that used to encompass this part Los Angeles County 22 buildings over 60 acres only this one building and small footprint of the surrounding grounds are all that is left. Back then this military base was the U. It was built to protect the harbor if necessary and secure the area for the Union Army. There were enough Southern sympathizers living in this coastal area of California to make the Confederacy consider this as a possible addition to their states.

Especially when in a Confederate Brig. General was given permission by Confederate President Jefferson Davis to capture gold fields in California. Ultimately there were no Civil War battles fought on this land or in the region — the closest was in Tucson Arizona. However, men from this base were sent to fight in the Civil War. California certainly played a role in the war — over 17, Californians served during Today, the last building standing from the original outpost has been converted into a museum containing a rich and large number of era artifacts and military items.

The museum encompasses both floors of the building — all visits must be with a tour guide. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 and Appropriately enough, our guide for the tour was named America!

The tour slowly works its way through the house — each room is different and displays are dedicated to certain themes as they relate to the Civil War. An original signature from Abraham Lincoln is on a document hanging in one of the rooms — you will see this on the tour. The Dunbar Autograph book is unique — Captain Edwin Dunbar collected signatures of Union Generals and celebrities over 50 years — his great grandson donated this to the museum.

Many of the items contained in the museum are original — others are replicas ask if you are not sure. Getting dressed fashionably at the time was quite an endeavor, involving 5 separate layers. Check out both the Union and Confederate paper money — paper money was made for amounts starting at 5cents — the one on display here is for 25cents.

A parlor room shows how men spent their time relaxing — checker pieces were made from cut up small cobs of corn — some left natural color, others painted black to identify both side of the game. Hardtack was food for away from base — it it extremely hard and needs to be soaked in warm water before one can actually chew it — some of these are also on display.

An interesting exhibit worth spending some time looking at is titled, Medicine in the Civil War. With over , casualties and huge numbers of injuries — 16,00 physicians served. Diarrhea and dysentery were major problems. More information about each theme of the museum is listed on papers in each room — free to take should you want to learn more.

You might wonder why the statue of the camel sits in front of the museum -this is a tribute to when this army base had 18 camels. A well stocked gift shop is located at the entrance — era flags, books on the Civil War, olive oil and other war memorabilia is for sale.

During opening hours, admission is free — and is a popular spot prior to concerts. For a less busy time, come here during the day well before concerts — and the parking lot will be totally empty!

The museum is two stories — a small case greets visitors next to the front counter. This contains fossil fragments found on site by the head groundskeeper. Look closely one of these shells almost resembles the outline of the footprint of the actual venue.

Many famous musicians have performed at the bowl and the exhibits highlight some of them including the Beatles in who quickly sold out some 18, seats! The second floor features rotating exhibits — at the time of our latest visit, this part of the museum focused on noise pollution from the air including airplanes and helicopters. They are open Tues-Sun from 1pm to 4pm. Parking is along the side of a wall on the small driveway the leads to the main entrance walk through a gate in the wall to enter the grounds.

This is the first water powered grist mill in Southern California — it dates from celebrated its th anniversary in It was originally built to service the milling needs of Mission San Gabriel about 2 miles from here. Note the walls — they are made of both oven-baked brick and adobe slabs the lower walls are some 5 feet thick! The mill itself featured horizontal milling stones that were pulled by local Indians to start or stop the wheel — aided in part by flowing water. The Mill itself features the main room where the milling took place which contains several historical artifacts as well as related history books for sale.

The lower room contains information about the mill itself. An upper room where the milled grain was originally stored is now home to a small art gallery paintings are for sale. A visit here is relaxed without crowds. Several old mill stones found by General George Patton when he was a child — he grew up in the area are located near the main entrance to the museum.

Over the years, the mill has attracted a variety of artists who have visited including Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mt. Parking is in one part of a lot in the back directly behind the museum — this lot extends further and part of the lot is by permit only. Surrounding streets also provide free curbside parking although note that Wednesday is street cleaning day and you are unable to park on certain streets at certain times.

This is a well stocked impressive museum containing a vast array of historical and at times unusual and eclectic items covering a wide spectrum of topics. Over 8, square feet of space is filled to the brim with historical artifacts. There is so much here a quick walk through the museum is not enough time to absorb this all!

Some interesting items on display include a typewriter used by Mark Twain, a comptometer the first commercially successful key-driven mechanical calculator — first dating from El Monte was established in by wagon train pioneers the Oatman Expedition which came from Missouri — their first camp was located just west of the San Gabriel River.

These individuals built both the first public school in Southern California and Protestant Church. The museum has an informative display about this farm including several impressive looking lion teeth.

For current hours visit: We have visited and reviewed all these museums on our Exposition Park Page here. Fenyes Mansion — was once owned by Dr. The house is decorated as it would have been years ago including a fine art collection Eva was an artist in her own right — some of her paintings are on display and was an avid collector , era furniture, and some of the functional items used decades ago.

The tour is very detailed and lasts about 90 minutes. There are so many interesting historical items in the house that the tour could easily take 4 hours they wanted! As you enter the home notice the calling cards sitting in a try near the door. The nature of your visit was indicated by which corner of the card you creased — there was an entire etiquette system for callers of a certain social class, male vs female and single vs married visitors.

Tours are only offered at A highlight is their free museum on the ground floor which rotates exhibits on fashion, textiles, art, and design throughout the year. Note that in between exhibitions the museum will be closed to the public — often for weeks at a time.

Check their website for the latest exhibition schedules. A separate nearby museum is the Annette Green Fragrance Collection containing over 1, bottles of perfume; this is located on the 2nd floor of the main building. You need to obtain a pass after showing ID , from the guard station in the main lobby before you are given access to this collection.

Despite having so many items the actual collection display space is extremely limited — to unfortunately just one room with a few displays behind glass windows. The adjoining Grand Hope Park helps in this regards by providing a calming space to the busy nearby streets. The campus always seems to be teeming with activities and or special events. Also for some of the best clothing value in all of Los Angeles check out the check out the FIDM Scholarship store open to the public accessible on the corner of S.

Grand Ave and W. This tiny museum is separate from the main history museum and is only open during set times on the weekends as part of a tour of the Fenyes Mansion also on site or select Free Museum Days. This museum depicts life inside one of these homes — including a sleeping area with bunk beds, a diversity of furnishings as well as cooking implements. If it smells like a sauna inside this home, that is because there is a working one here!

Visits to the museum are short but your docent will give you a nice overview of the items contained here. Then follow the signs to the museum — it will be right next to Imperial Ave on your right side Address: Open Tues through Sat from 10am to 3pm and admission is free. This large museum traces the history of aviation at LAX over the years — the displays focus on planes, luggage and the evolution of LAX from its founding in until present day.

The docents are volunteers and are typically retired from various aviation jobs — they are a great resource of information and are available to answer your questions. Each room has models, photographs, uniforms and other items relating to LAX as well as general aviation companies and airlines. An exhibit worth spending some time in front of in the main room are the time lines on the walls that chronologically seperate out sections of time in aviation history.

Once can walk inside this older plane and drool over the spacious seating. Forest Lawn has been located in this part of Glendale since There is a huge parking lot here and great views as you walk around the sidewalk which circles the edge of the parking area.

Admission to the museum is free of charge — exhibits rotate often and are contemporary. During a recent visit the main exhibit featured original movie poster art by several well known artists and an upcoming exhibit will feature motorcycle art. A permanent display room in the museum contains many bronze sculptures. This is certainly not the only attraction here, the property has plenty of beautiful statues on display as well Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection which contains several of the largest religious paintings in the world.

Newlyweds or newly deads. While it might seem a bit odd to be married at a cemetery — Forest Lawn also offers sites for weddings. Ronald Reagan was married here once. It is huge — from parts of the cemetery all you see is graves.

The Great Mausoleum is built of marble and very impressive. One of its most famous inhabitants, Michael Jackson is entombed here. The on site museum focuses on western bronzes, stained glass, historical American pieces and original paintings. Special exhibits sometimes are on display focusing on a specific theme. Do to an abbreviated visit, we were not yet able to visit and review the museum. The main entrance is via 32nd street — the road loops around until you will see the entrance to the Museum and Fort grounds.

You can also park in the parking lot servicing the Korean Friendship Bell and then walk up the road that typically is blocked with a gate. This fort is named for Lt. This well built fort served as a US Army post from until A small portion of the grounds is still an active Us Air Force site.

The museum is within the fort itself — when you walk in you will feel like you are walking into a secret bunker. Displays inside here focus on the role this fort has played during several wars, contains many military artifacts and weaponry, old military vehicles and an excellent display about Pearl Harbor.

Tunnels are like underground honeycomb in parts of this area — in after heavy rains one part a series of tunnels were discovered over feet after part of the soil collapsed into one of these.

As you enter Angels Park on 32nd street — if you look immediately at the entrance to your left up a small hill you will see a square chain link fence marking this spot. Their collections are huge — , ethnographic and , archaeological objects. However, while they have ample space, they certainly do not have enough space to display their entire collections at once.

As a result, exhibitions commonly rotate. The focus of the museum is on on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas—past and present.

Collections on display can be quite unique — during a recent visit, morbid Haitian art involving a number of skulls and esoteric Cambodian shop signs were among several collections on display.

One permanent collection on display is tribute to Francis E. Fowler was the owner of the Southern Comfort Corporation based in St.

Louis, distillers of the Southern Comfort liqueur. More than objects of silver are presented ranging in age from the 16th through 19th century — from Europe, Great Britain and the United States. The museum is housed in a beautiful old brick building — these buildings are common at UCLA and the galleries are centered around a courtyard. The museum is located in the north part of campus, accessible off of Sunset Blvd. Parking is available for patrons — using the pay by space automatic machines accepts bills or credit cards.

From the parking lot walk in a south westerly direction — following the signs — as the museum is not located immediately next to the parking lot. Frederick Weisman was President of Hunt Foods provider of the small and ubiquitous ketchup and mustard packets. Later he established a prominent Toyota dealership — just one of many ventures he was involved in. And he was a prolific collector of modern and contemporary art. He died in but made sure to leave his home and works of art to a foundation — available for public viewing.

His wife, Billie Milam Weisman manages the foundation. His collection is numerous — over works are on display including both inside and outside the home. Weisman even built an additional art gallery on his property to store larger modern works. The home contains exceptional works by many well known artists including Cezanne, Picasso, Miro, Warhol and Lichtenstein to name a few. The tour is billed as lasting 90 minutes although it tends to go longer.

It is an eye opening tour with insights provided by a docent who is well trained in art and in particular — this collection. The docent will provide verbal interpretation as you bounce from piece to piece — visiting both the lower and upper floors, a short walk on the grounds and a peek into their specially built art gallery separate from the house. Tours are by appointment limited to small groups are offered twice daily during the weekdays, once at am and once at 2pm.

No parking is allowed on the nearby streets — rather parking is along their very small driveway inside the gate. Entry must be 5 minutes or less from the time of the tour start time. Photography is allowed on the tour outside the residence but not inside. Gamble House is located in old Pasadena not too far from the Rose Bowl at 4 Westmoreland Place you can look down the hill and see the Rose Bowl from the 2nd floor. This house was built by two local architects the Green brothers in for David and Mary Gamble yes of the Procter Gamble company and is one of the beset preserved examples of Craftsman-style architecture in Pasadena.

The house is extremely well preserved. Tours times are somewhat limited so plan ahead. Tours are offered every 20 or 30 minutes only from pm Thursday-Sunday. The general tour takes about 1 hour and includes seeing the first and second floors as well as the attic.

The woodwork inside is excellent and the Gambles placed a lot of attention to detail in the design of this house. The house is wired with electricity but the maximum wattage light bulb in was 15 watts, as a result the house is still dimly lit. The Gambles took a trip to Japan and returned with a number of items — both Western and Asian art have influenced the decorations. Two lucky architecture students are chosen each year to live in the house for one year. Movie trivia time — did you know that a scene in the movie, Back to the Future was filmed on the property.

The original garage which is now the bookstore appeared in that movie. Getty Museums Our Review here: Getty Center Our Review here: Grammy Museum at L. Live is located in the multi-billion complex that makes up LA Live — located on the western edges of downtown Los Angeles.

This educational music showcases nearly musical genres and contains many rare and historical music films and other artifacts. The museum features three levels — take the elevator immediately to the 4th floor and work your way down to the bottom. A moving musical genre greets you as soon as you walk into the music. A number of headphones are available next to a long screen which scrolls the names of various music genres. Touch one of these words to explore in more detail that particular type of music.

A wide diversity of artists are highlighted here ranging from those who made their name in the world of classical music all the way through rap.

Apparently Kurt used to destroy his musical instruments at the end of the show. Elvis is prominently featured in this museum, with an entire theatre dedicated to him as well as a number of portraits. Musical instruments from famous artists are also displayed including Yo Yo Ma, Santana and many more.

A number of the exhibits are interactive so you can play along or record with the performers. And what is always a bonus for those with a musical inclination is the ability to record your own voice and then remix it to your personal tastes.

A special room is dedicated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Another highlight are the displays containing original gleaming golden Grammy awards — highlighting the evolution of the design over the years. And before you exit stop by the Grammy Museum store for a wide range of clothing and other souvenirs. The museum is located directly across from the the Luxe City Center boutique hotel. Grier Musser Museum is located in an old Queen Anne house built in not far from downtown Los Angeles in a residential neighborhood.

A few parking lots are available in the back of their house accessible via their driveway. All visits are by appointment — unlike most museums in old homes — this home is lived in by the curators — Susan Tejada and her husband. A tour here is like going back in time through a curio shop with an eclectic collection of decorative items included little statues, ceramics, lights, paintings and a number of Asian influenced pieces. Guinness Book of World Records For global extremes, look no further than this museum.

In fact this museum is so full of information, you are almost overwhelmed everywhere you turn! It opened in as a silent movie theater — it is the second oldest theater building in Hollywood.

A museum such as this one would have to constantly be on the lookout for updates to records. During our visit, we found some of their exhibits were somewhat out of date — especially the one on sports and some of their celebrity exhibits.

As expected one of the focuses here is on celebrity records. Oh and we must not forget this one: Hours are limited to certain days — and guided tours are given of some of the homes. These tours are the main way to get into the homes — otherwise they are closed to the public. The guides dress in a period costume. Some of the homes do not have their original furnishings which is a bit disappointing. Their location is fairly central — located just north of downtown off the Exit Ave Parking is along a gravel strip of roadway that sits right above the concrete Arroyo Seco riverbed.

The buildings are picturesque from the outside and as a result have been used as backdrops during certain films and shows. Aline had a passion for art and her intent was to turn this hill into an artist community. Ultimately Hollyhock house and two small residences were built. As a result the home features ample outdoor space as well as gardens. Today several benches sit in the lawn over looking the Los Angeles basin and can be a great place to enjoy a sandwich on a clear warm day.

Olive Hill is central to a visit here because of its height and prime location within Los Angeles — but the home is equally as important as are the theater, galleries and studios on site. A stop here is a respite from all the traffic and congestion that plagues this part of Los Angeles.

Tours of the home are only available at select times from Friday through Sunday — ticket sales on site open up 30 minutes before each tour. No photography is allowed in side. Hollywood Heritage Museum is off in a quiet location just down and across from the Hollywood Bowl outdoor amphitheater. Parking is free next to the museum same parking lot used by the Bowl. This is not a problem for excited Hollywood Heritage Museum goers, rather it refers to the craziness that sometimes takes place during a major Hollywood Bowl performance!

This building dates from was originally a horse barn located about a block south of what is now the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection. Today it houses an excellent collection of historical Hollywood items as well as movie memorabilia. One of the main attractions is the office of famed director and co-founder of Paramount Studios, Cecil B. Cecil came west to get into film making and along with two other partners founded Paramount Studios in A large black and white photograph of an impressive set hangs on the wall.

It was taken of the massive set for the movie Intolerance which dates from This set was so large it was never taken down and remained in Hollywood for a number of years before finally being destroyed. However, a replica to scale of the set opened in — it is actually the large shopping center known as the Hollywood and Highland Center home to the Dolby Theater and the annual Academy Award ceremony.

Take one of the walking tours offered every Saturday morning by Hollywood Heritage the non profit group responsible for the museum. This is a 3. Hollywood Museum is located on N. Allow about an hour. There is a ton of space inside — with exhibits spread out over 4 floors. The museum contains thousands of authentic Hollywood memorabilia including many photos, costumes, movie making equipments and other movie props. There are four floors including the scary basement which focuses on Hollywood horror films.

Certain exhibits rotate based on current interest — and usually focus on a very well known historic movie star. This is the Max Factor Building which used to be where the famed movie makeup man, Max Factor dolled up many of the most famous movie stars.

Some of this studios have been recreated room for redheads only — used by Lucille Ball and blondes only — used by Marilyn Monroe. Color photographs, nude modeling shots, Marilyn Merlot wine collection , her refrigerator, household items, newspaper clippings and hundreds of photos keep her memory alive for visitors. Highland Ave — visit: It is the longest running wax museum in all of the USA — having been owned by the same family since Like many buildings in this part of Hollywood, this museum has its own celebrated history.

Only likenesses of celebrities are on display here. Small signs often provide interesting tidbits about each particular celebrity — including some of their lesser known hobbies and interests.

At the end of your tour you will have the option to use a touch screen to provide feedback on the museum as well as suggest additional celebrities not yet represented. Both museums have a number of the same celebrities.

Holocaust Museum is the oldest museum in the United States focusing on the events of the Holocaust. It was founded in by a group of Los Angeles based Holocaust survivors.

Their mission is to commemorate and educate people about the Holocaust. This museum is located at The Grove Drive. A small underground parking lot serving visitors to the museum is located directly under the museum. There are very few spaces here — the parking lot is steel gated and you need to buzz the attendant as you pull into the very short driveway. Admission is free although they suggest you donate. This is a state of the art museum, yet is small; at times you feel like you are in a bunker as the exhibits are contained within stark concrete rooms.

An iPod and headphones are provided offering information specific to each exhibit as you walk from room to room. One room has a large touch screen with photos floating on the screen — simply touch a photo and drag it to the edge of the screen to view more information about that particular person. The museum is interactive — a number of monitors and touch screens are available where you can listen to individual survivors speak of their experiences. Los Angeles media as it related to reporting on the events of the Holocaust is also incorporated into the exhibits.

LA Times articles are framed in a number of rooms. Tall black granite etched memorials stand outside the museum — one large stone for each year of World War II. It will be impressive to see most of these holes filled but at the time of our several visits perhaps only several thousand were filled. Many museums in Los Angeles close on Mondays and Tuesday or another day.

Not so with this museum — they are open 7 days a week. When you exit off of the 60 Freeway and drive to the this museum you will quickly see why this is a very appropriately named city. You will drive by miles of warehouses and often trucks pulling in and out of these.

However this Homestead Museum and grounds far predate these warehouses. The museum sits on a six-acre site that used to be part of the huge nearly 49, acre Rancho La Puente. Visits inside the estate are by guided tour only; entry is free Wednesday through Sunday at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.

Select tours are also given in Spanish. An informative 15 minute video starts the tour followed by an in-depth guided walk of the grounds and homes with an extremely knowledgeable docent. Note that one of the descendants of the original families is also a docent here. It is extremely heavy — and was built with mud, horse hair, straw and other small rocks.

Also be sure to visit the El Campo Santo Cemetery on the property. It is a short walk from the Museum entrance or a short drive as the large parking lot extends all the way down to the cemetery. He was a family friend of the Workman-Temple families. From downtown Los Angeles take the Harbor Freeway north which turns into Arroyo Seco Blvd — then turn right on California and follow the signs to the entrance.

Opened to the public in the property features the grounds and art and library collection of Henry Edwards Huntington — heir to family fortunes made in the railroad business. Arguably the Huntington collection is one of the primary attractions within all of Los Angeles.

If only one part of the collection was presented to the public, this space would be rather impressive — but in this case visitors have access to carefully curated botanical gardens nine distinct gardens are open to the public. Over 14, species are represented in the gardens spread over acres. You can easily spend several hours in the gardens alone. The entire property is acres. The Japanese garden boasts a world-class Bonsai Garden — this and the the Chinese Garden are among the best outdoor venues at the Huntington for meditation.

And the Huntington has the biggest and most impressive cactus garden we have ever seen 12 acres in size. If this museum only contained the Botanical Gardens it would be a real treasure but there are three very well organized art galleries and the main library building. The American Art collection is housed in a nearby building. Five restaurant spaces are located on site including the Rose Garden Tea Room — only open in the afternoons on the weekdays — open all day on the weekends. The smells of food you come across while wandering the Chinese Tea Garden are not an olfactory aberration, rather are coming from the Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House.

Outdoor seating is available overlooking a beautiful pond. Thankfully photography is allowed in any of the galleries no flash. For more information visit their website at: This museum has undergone a remarkable change in space and location. Formerly the Santa Monica Museum of Art, it was originally founded in Their new location has nearly 13, square feet of gallery space.

The focus of the museum is to display contemporary art, regardless of origin lots of international artists represented. The space pushes the boundaries of art sometimes based on the several very eclectic pieces of art we have seen on display over the years.

The primary room is open and large — the overall space is divided into several sections including for exhibitions, the project room — programs and events and a small cafe. ICA LA is open to the public free of charge. Such is a visit to this somewhat obscure museum hidden away in in Carson just off of the Freeway at w. At the time of our most recent update, they are open to the public only on Saturdays. Appointments can be made for visits on different days. Geared towards groups, are a variety of niche based appointment only tours including the Book Arts tour, the Constitutional Convention tour, and the Ben Franklin Gallery tour.

Parking is in an adjoining parking lot next to a number of printing businesses. The entrance is not from the parking lot, rather from Torrance Blvd. The museum was founded in and for 11 years was located in Buena Park. In the museum moved to their current site. The museum houses the Ernest Lindner Collection — named after the family who used to run a typsetting equipment store in Los Angeles sold equipment and made repairs.

Rather the historical perspective and passion from those who oversee this collection come directly from the docents on their highly personalized tours. Arguably one of the highlights of a visit here is seeing the third oldest printing press made in the United States — this wooden and metal printer dates from You will learn how printing presses brought knowledge and education to the common person. Prior to printing presses, books items of extreme luxury only affordable to nobility and the wealthy.

Prior to printing presses books had to be written by hand which would often take years. Printing presses allowed books to be printed much quicker, therefore they became much more affordable. This directly led to knowledge being given to the general public and led to the Protestant Reformation, Enlightenment and ultimately democracy. Other highlights include a number of events held at the museum throughout the year including the annual Los Angeles Printers Fair and various educational events geared towards families and children.

The events open to the public are highly educational: International Surfing Museum is located at Olive Avenue in downtown Huntington Beach — just several blocks inland from the beach. It was founded in Interestingly enough one of the founders of this museum, Natalie Kotsch is originally from Canada and has never surfed in her life. However, the location she has picked is prime — Huntington Beach is certainly well known as one of the surfing hotspots in California and beyond and boasts a long surfing history.

Just walk out to the iconic Huntington Beach pier during the morning and you are bound to see surfers bobbing in the surf zone. This tiny museum packs a lot into their exhibits — several exhibits focus on surfing dogs — in fact the longest wave ever surfed by a dog ocurred right here in Huntington Beach in The museum displays a plaque awarded by the Guiness Book of World Records.

But even more impressive is the size of the actual board used for this particular stunt. Other exhibits are dedicated to Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian who popularized and modernized the sport of surfing. A television plays various clips and films from the surfing world — during our visit it spotlighted a historical trip to Ghana to surf a number of areas in the Atlantic Ocean.

Also several historical surf boards are on display. Although this is not located at the actual museum it is only a short several block walk down to the water — located along parts of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Admission is based on a nominal donation of several dollars more if you like — visit: With the rapid growth of Irvine over the past 40 years, unfortunately there is not much left of the original ranch. The Irvine Historical Museum is housed in the oldest standing structure within the original boundaries of the ranch — a house that dates from Irvine takes its namesake from James Irvine, the founder of Irvine Ranch along with two partners.

After his death in the company was controlled by his Foundation and stock holders. Eventually it was sold to a private firm and today is controlled by real estate developer, Donald Bren and continues to operate as The Irvine Company, a major real estate development firm centered in Irvine.

A number of historical items are contained within the museum including blacksmith equipment, ranching items, and relics from agricultural use. Jamboree is a major at one short section is 12 lanes across boulevard that runs all the way from the 5 freeway to Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

The Boy Scouts of America held their annual Jamboree on the site of what is now the major Fashion Island Shopping Center in — the only time it was ever held on the west coast.

Part of this road was put in place in to service this gathering of 50, people to area trains stations. The Museum is open Tuesday and Sunday from 1 to 4pm. Clarke and James Irvine Swinden and is located in the middle of a business park on the first floor of the tall Airport Tower Building. This modern office building can be spotted from some distance away due to its height and bright shiny windows on all sides of the building.

Parking is in a parking garage directly across from this building — there are a number of visitor parking spots on the first level. Be sure to bring your parking pass into the museum as they will validate it for you and then parking will be free when you exit the garage. As you enter the building the museum is immediately to your right. A small bookstore is adjoining to the museum.

Admission is free although donations are certainly welcome. They rotate exhibits about three times a year with the majority of artwork on display from the Irvine Collection. The museum is not large but there is plenty of wall space among the several rooms for many paintings. Many of their paintings highlight the natural landscape that is so varied in this state.

The museum is open from 11 to 5pm from Tuesday through Saturday. For a more in depth visit — come on Thursdays at Entry to the museum is free no photography allowed for some strange reason. The museum opened in

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