Since its inception in 1961, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography. Today, the museum features particularly strong collections of Asian, Latin American, European, and American art, as well as a contemporary museum on its campus, Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). With this expanded space for contemporary art, innovative collaborations with artists, and an ongoing transformation project, LACMA is creating a truly modern lens through which to view its rich encyclopedic collection of more than 100,000 works. With this much to explore, they encourage you to spend an entire day with them.
Located in beautiful Griffith Park and given to the City of Los Angeles as a gift in 1896, the Greek Theater is an outdoor concert venue you must experience while staying in L.A. Though it can seat more than 6,000 patrons, you may never again enjoy such a truly intimate setting for listening to one of your favorite performers. Surrounded by trees, the space offers outstanding acoustics. Whether you prefer classical music, rock, easy listening or jazz, you'll love this place. Ticket prices vary widely and can often be somewhat expensive. Depending on the time of year, you'll probably want to bring along a sweater or jacket, since you'll be seated outdoors in a city that can get a bit chilly in the evenings. On show nights the box office remains open for 30 minutes before the show.
After the Palace Theatre was converted for silent films, the Orpheum vaudeville circuit moved here for its remaining years. Like the Los Angeles Theatre, it emulates the opulence of a French palace, with a marble lobby, a gold gilt ceiling, and a rare organ. One of the landmarks in the region, the theatre continues to host multiple events, shows and concerts. Tickets can be booked online or at the box office, one hour prior to the show.
Since 1913 this museum has been delighting people of all ages with entertaining exhibits about our world, both natural and cultural. Visit such wonders as the rarest shark in the world, a zoo full of insects and 20 complete dinosaur skeletons. A number of special exhibits are presented throughout the year.
The Page Museum shares the same location as the La Brea Tar Pits, so after you've witnessed the Pits which once entrapped Ice Age mammals, you can step inside and view the fossil remains. There are massive displays of mammoths, saber-toothed cats and an incredible collection of dire wolves. There are also exhibits of insects, plants and birds. Especially fascinating is the display of the skeletal remains of the La Brea Woman who is said to have lived about 9000 years ago. This is an extraordinary experience for the entire family.
This lavish pantheon of fame and glamor captured in wax is one of Hollywood’s crown jewels. Hailing from London, Madame Tussauds brings to Hollywood its world-class interactive viewing entertainment, great for all ages. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, just next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the museum is hard to miss due to its prepossessing open-air facade with a few wax figures casually spilling out on the sidewalk. Come in and stroll the vast grounds populated with the rich and famous (as well as the infamous) and the beautiful and formidable. Photography and handling are a must. Whether it is shaking hands with President Obama or wrapping your arm around Mae West that is more your thing, you will be exhilarated by the lifelike, vivid portrayals and infinite photo ops.
The Blue Whale venue opens their doors from Mondays through Saturdays from 8p onwards.
This museum run by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is an important landmark in Little Tokyo. It is one of the three MOCA museums in the city. The spacious establishment has a gallery where exhibitions of renowned artists are hosted and a reading room stocking books. Opened in 1963, it offers more than 40, 000 square feet of exhibition space.
The Regent dates back to the early 20th Century and is a widely photographed site. This historic theater closed down down in 2000. It was purchased by ace entrepreneur Mitchell Frank who has turned this old theater into a vibrant space featuring three distinct areas. So you can dine at their restaurant or unwind at their trendy bar. But the main focus here is live entertainment. Enjoy concerts and gigs by touring bands and talented local musicians at The Regent.
This complex offers informative and entertaining tours around its three major venues. Home of the city's largest stages for music and theater, it has also hosted the annual Academy Awards ceremony. A magnificent piece of architecture in itself, the Music Center is one of the country's largest performing arts centers and sees more than 1.3 million visitors every year. With a history of performances like Beethoven's Eroica, Chamber Music With Eric Owens, Salonen's Piano Concerto, the place continues to host events that entertain audiences. Tours focus on the architecture and design of the buildings, as well as the famous acts that have played here through the years. Tour options include the Walt Disney Concert Hall Self-Guided Audio Tour along with public and private guided tours.
An adventurous theater for its size, this venue has brought to life such productions as Angels in America and Children of a Lesser God. Spearheaded by Gordon Davidson for the past three decades, the theater opened with The Devils in 1967 and has since garnered nearly every Tony award, including the 1977 special Tony for theatrical excellence. The theater regularly attracts big name talent such as the likes of Carol Burnett, Al Pacino, Molly Ringwald and Donald Sutherland.
Located in the heart of downtown, California Plaza is an open-air amphitheater and popular event space. This square hosts an array of performing arts organized by the non-profit organization, Grand Performances. They put together a series of concerts in the summer that are free for all. From Brazilian samba and flamenco opera, to Afro-Cuban fusion, puppet theater and Persian dubstep, this is a melting pot of global cultures. More than just a venue, this plaza is a unique attraction worthy of a visit replete with its strategic architecture, waterfalls and surrounding skyscrapers.