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Best Hidden Gems in Los Angeles

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Wells Fargo History Museum

Located between tall raised buildings and inside the Wells Fargo Center, this history museum is literally a hidden gem. Wells Fargo History Museum depicts the era of gold mining and a part of Wells Frago's life in the wild west. A restored stagecoach, real gold nuggets and a telegraph system that you can try, are just a few of the things that will fascinate you. You can also try your hand at solving a morse code, which might not be as easy as you think. Guided tours can be arranged for groups or students with prior notice for free. One must visit the museum for interactive elements and to acknowledge the struggles of Wells Fargo.

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The African American Firefighter Museum

The African American Firefighter Museum is a wonderful landmark that documents the history and progression of the Firefighters of the country. The museum is like a restored house that consists of wooden flooring and stairs. The museum is spread over two floors and includes several exhibits, objects and collectibles that are simply interesting. All the displays are informative and are neatly arranged along the museum. Admission is free. A must see site for those who love American History.

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Wi Spa

This expansive wellness spa offers its guests a unique Korean style spa experience. From a massage, scrub or facial, to hot and cold tubs, steam showers and saunas, this spa has it all. The specialty mineral spas are an experience unto themselves. Light airy rooms hold pool sized soaking tubs complete with natural lighting from skylights, greenery and modern facilities.

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Mohawk General Store

Setting it apart from the rest, this eclectic little Silver Lake boutique offers patrons hard-to-find designer pieces, artisan products and treasures culled from around the world. The shop has been carefully curated and crafted by husband and wife duo Bo and Kevin Carney, and has been open since 2010. Find quirky apothecary items next to a gorgeous side table from Morocco or update your wardrobe with the latest from lines like APC, Offcine, and Dries Van Norten. A boutique for both men and women with chic curiosities and fashionable clothing, Mohawk General Store is a great Los Angeles gem.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour

Endeavour is a retired space shuttle housed in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at California Science Museum. It is a retired orbiter that first flew out in May 1992 and last in May 2011, completing 25 missions while it served as a space shuttle. The exhibit starts with Endeavour Together: Parts & People, where you can observe the artifacts such as its tires, burners as well as the external tank. You are then directed to the main site, where the enthralling space shuttle is displayed. You can go around and underneath it, getting an up-close view of the Endeavour. The images and infographics educate you about the NASA space program and the journey through the city, as a part of its installation at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. Though you can not enter the shuttle, you can tour the interiors through a live stream on the infotainment. Endeavour has been a crucial part of the American space programs and its presence is a surreal sight to witness. Make sure to reserve or avail physical tickets before they get sold out and you lose your chance to witness this amazing space shuttle.

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Audubon Center at Debs Park

This educational and conservation center opened in 2003. Serving the northeast Los Angeles communities, the Audubon Center at Debs Park strives to teach and inspire people to understand and care for the environment. Special programs have been designed to engage school age children, where they can explore and learn about the native flora and fauna. Spot butterflies, lizards, squirrels, rabbits, warblers, hummingbirds and more as you stroll through this serene landscape.

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Los Angeles Police Museum

Los Angeles Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Los Angeles Police department. A great museum that houses tons of evidences, exhibits, artifacts and objects that focuses on Police stories, LA crimes, tactics, uniforms, etc. The museum is considered to be the city's oldest surviving museum. There is a delicate gift store form where visitors can purchase badges and souvenirs to have memories of their visit. The museum is accessible to the public from Tuesday to Friday from 9 Am to 3 Pm and on the third Saturday of the month from 9 A to 3 Pm.

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Ferndell Nature Museum

More like its name, Ferndell is not exactly a museum, but a beautiful trail leading to the Griffith Observatory. Once home to the Tongva/Gabrielino tribe, the trail has a natural spring and various planned installations of bridges and railings. Foliage including ferns, create a bubble of clean air and a peaceful environment not away from the city. The natural stream provides the trees and plants with water as it flows through the hill accompanying the trail. Besides the flora, turtles, large koi fish, crayfish, butterflies and dragonflies add to the beauty of the trail. The trail also features waterfalls, ponds and bamboo bridges which were added during its transformation to create an atmosphere similar to that of a rainforest. The lush green plantation attracts many locals and tourists for an elevated trail rather than simply driving up to the Griffith Observatory. Locals can be spotted taking a jog or hiking up accompanied by their little ones for a fun day out. The collective display of nature and wildlife is equivalent to an interactive museum exhibit that must not be missed.

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Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

The Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study is an avenue developed by the historical Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is one among the three area facilities begun by the Academy. Precisely situated in the heart of Hollywood, the building site is endowed with terrific history of Hollywood. The Linwood Dunn Theater that swanks of a capacity to hold 286 people at a time, is a distinguished theater hall therein. Built with television as the focus, this stays as the oldest remaining building in the whole of Hollywood.

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Dispela Antiques

Elegant craftsmanship and crude primitives peacefully co-exist in Dispela Antiques. It's an odd combination, this marriage of antiques from the late 19th and early 20th-century and Papua New Guinea Tribal Art, but you are never short of visual stimulation when you're browsing here. A treat for an art connoisseur and enthusiast, this place draws people from all walks of life.

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Craft and Folk Art Museum

This relocated museum houses a quickly growing collection of more than 3,000 artifacts from all over the world. There are changing exhibitions spotlighting the design and production of glassware, textiles, toys and other crafts. Some of the highlights include the museum's superb collection of Indian masks and Mexican artworks. Started in 1965 by Edith Wyle as a restaurant and crafts shop, it was transformed into a museum in 1973. After suffering financial problems during the early 90s, it moved into its current location in 1995 with backing from the city. Wheelchair access is currently limited to the first floor, but call for information.

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Bronson Caves

Located in Griffith Park, Bronson Caves. also called Bronson Canyon, was created because of an old quarry dug in 1903 by the Union Rock Company in order to mine materials to use in building the surrounding streets. After the quarry closed in the 1920s, it became a spot for movie shoots because of its rocky and unique landscape. Scenes from Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Army of Darkness were shot here, as well as the original Batman TV show. The park has hiking trails, picnic tables and, of course, caves.

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