LA has some of the most interesting and diverse museums in the west. From Hollywood to history, there’s always something to see, so grab a friend and check out these 6 must see museums in LA.
(1) The Getty Center
The Getty Center is not just a museum, it’s an experience. From art to gardens to children’s activities, there is always something for everyone to enjoy. With tons of exhibits to see, the Getty could easily be a full day trip. The Getty Center is totally kid friendly. And better yet? Admission to the Getty is always free!
How to get there : take the 234 or the 734 bus right from our very own Hilgard / Westholme bus stop. The buses run Mon-Sun from 6 AM–9:30 PM and come around every 20 minutes. Super easy! The trip takes about 17 minutes.
(2) Hollywood Museum
The Hollywood Museum, the official museum of Hollywood, has the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. See hundreds of costumes on display, including Marilyn Monroe’s million dollar dress, Elvis’ personal bathrobe, and even Rocky’s boxing gloves. And don’t miss the lower level to experience Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Boris Karloff’s mummy, Vampira, Frankenstein and his bride, Elvira– Mistress of the Dark, and other cult horror film favorites.
How to get there : take the 2 bus right from our very own Hilgard / Westholme bus stop. The buses run Mon-Sun from 6 AM–1 AM and come around every 15 minutes. The trip takes about 47 minutes.
Ellen, Orlando, and Taylor, oh my! The Hollywood Wax Museum, located on famous Hollywood Boulevard, right along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the longest running wax museum in the United States. Hollywood Wax Museum is the only wax museum in the country devoted entirely to celebrity figures, so if you’ve ever wanted to be face-to-face with your favorite star, here’s your chance!
How to get there : take the 2 bus right from our very own Hilgard / Westholme bus stop. The buses run Mon-Sun from 6 AM–1 AM and come around every 15 minutes.The trip takes about 48 minutes.
Don’t let the name fool you. Located in Culver City, the Museum of Jurassic Technology has nothing to do with Steven Spielberg’s land of dinosaurs. The museum is an exhibit of entirely bizarre and sometimes confusing works of art. In the MJT, fact and fiction blend together to create a museum similar to that of Ripley’s Believe-it-or-Not. If bizarre is your type of thing, this is definitely a need-to-see place for you.
How to get there : take the 12 bus right from our very own Hilgard Sb & Westholme Fs bus stop. The buses run Mon-Sun from 7:30 AM–8 PM and come around every 15 minutes. The trip takes about 44 minutes.
LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. It has a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. At LACMA, there’s something for everyone, and don’t forget your cameras, because there are some bomb photo opportunities.
How to get there : take the 20 or 720 bus right from the Wilshire / Westwood bus stop. The buses run Mon-Sun from 12 AM–11:59 PM and come around every 7 minutes. The trip takes about 40 minutes.
Imagine those old planetarium field trips as a kid, but so much better. The Griffith Observatory is a great place to go with friends, to decompress, or even on a date. Located on a hill overlooking LA, the observatory is an amazing place to sit and see the view. The star show is phenomenal, and you’re guaranteed to be amazed no matter how old you are. There is a restaurant on site if you need food, and the best part is FREE parking.
How to get there : take the 2 bus right from the Hilgard / Westholme bus stop. The buses run Sat-Sun from 9 AM–8:30 PM and come around every 40 minutes. Get off at Sunset / Virgil. Then catch the DASH Weekend Observatory Shuttle bus on Hillhurst Ave. & Hollywood Blvd. The shuttle will take you right to the doors of the Observatory. The trip takes about 1 hour.
Also, check out this page for a list of free museums! You’re welcome.