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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Los Angeles Museums, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Planetariums

Autry National Center

Museum based on the American West and Hollywood’s depiction of it.

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323) 667-2000

Bianchi Planetarium

Located at Cal State University, Northridge in their complex of science buildings. Recommended for children of all ages, with shows throughout the year, including summer. They often have telescope viewing after the show.

8111 Nordhoff St., Northridge (818) 677-5601

The Bowers Museum and Kidseum   Our Review

202 North Main St., Santa Ana  (714) 567-3600

The California Science Center  Our Review

This museum features the new Ecosystems exhibit with 11 habitats, an aquarium tunnel and 2,200 animals. The facility also has an IMAX theatre and is within Exposition Park adjacent to USC.

700 State Dr., Los Angeles (213) 744-7400

Craft and Folk Art Museum

Changing exhibits of art that showcase the universal human experience.

5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 937-4230

Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Explore the planets, dig down deep into the layers of the Earth and experience and take a tour of California’s natural resources.

11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles (818) 686-2823

Discovery Science Center

A large hands-on Science center in Santa Ana. Right off the freeway and very close to Disneyland.

2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 542-2823

El Pueblo De Los Angeles (Olvera Street)

Great place within Downtown Los Angeles to see our city’s  Mexican Heritage.  Several museums, delicious restaurants and live entertainment.

845 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles (213) 628-1274

Fowler Museum at UCLA   Our Review

North Campus

Enter Campus at Westwood Blvd. and Sunset Plaza, Los Angeles (310) 825-4361

The Getty Center Our Review

The Largest Art Collection on Display in Los Angeles. Very large complex perched on a mountain overlooking Los Angeles.

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

(310) 440-7300

The Getty Villa

The smaller antiquity-focused Getty.  Site of the original Getty museum in Malibu.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310) 440-7300

Griffith Park Observatory

Newly renovated Observatory within Griffith Park.

2800 East Observatory Rd., Los Angeles

(213) 473-0800

Japanese American National Museum

Dedicated to the experiences of American of Japanese ancestry. One Saturday each month is free to the public with special activities for families.

100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles (213) 625-0414

Kidspace Children’s Museum  Our Review

Wonderful nature-focused children’s museum with lots of outdoor play.

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-9144

La Habra Children’s Museum  Our Review

Fantastic museum for kids with changing exhibits, a working carousel and a terrific dress up and stage area.

301 S. Euclid Street, La Habra (562) 905-9793

Los Angeles County Museum of Art  LACMA

Our Review

Many family-friendly activities. Sign up for the NexGen program and your child gets a free membership and can bring one adult for free too! Also check out the Boone Children’s Gallery.

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 857-6000

Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum

Our Review

Highly interactive museum right in Hollywood. Dress-up, touch, pose with and pretend to be some of Hollywood’s brightest and most commemorated stars.

6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (323) 461-0534

Mission San Fernando Rey de España  

Our Review

Contains an incredible museum that teaches

California’s Mission history with hundreds of authentic artifacts. Public services are held each Sunday.

15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills (818) 361-0186


241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim  (714) 956-8936

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Our Review

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 763-3466

The Norton Simon Museum

An LAwithKids art museum favorite in the heart of Pasadena. There is a very pleasant Asian themed garden attached to the museum.

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-6840

Pacific Asia Museum

Great family festivals and a permanent exhibit for children focused on the Silk Road.

46 North Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 449-2742

The Page Museum

Our Review

Prehistoric animal museum surrounded by real tar pits.

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

(323) 934-7243

Palos Verdes Art Center

Special exhibits featuring regional artists and local students, story time sessions, family art workshops and studio art classes.

5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 541-2479

Petersen Automotive Museum  Our Review

Incredible collection of classic and celebrity automobiles.

6060 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairfax), Los Angeles (323) 964-6331

Pretend City

29 Hubble, Irvine (949) 428-3900

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology

Over 142,000 fossils, most of which were collected by the students of The Webb Schools, where this museum is located.

1175 West Baseline Rd., Claremont (909) 624-2798

Roundhouse Aquarium

At the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

(310) 379-8117

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Our Review

Just a short drive up the scenic coast to an exciting museum that delights the whole family.

2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara (805) 682-4711

Skirball Cultural Center  Our Review

Wonderful permanent exhibit for children focused on Noah’s Ark.

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles (310) 440-4500

Stagecoach Inn and Museum

Our Review

Treasure-filled museum that chronicles the history of the Conejo Valley.

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park (805) 498-9441

Wells Fargo History Museum

Hands-on exhibits exploring the expansion of the American West.

333 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213) 253-7166

Zimmer Children’s Museum  Our Review

Water play, puppet theatre, an airplane an ambulance and family programs.

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 761-8989