Santa Monica Pier Aquarium - a marine science learning center and aquarium located under the Santa Monica Pier. Features interactive lessons and activities to introduce students to the basic concepts of marine environmental studies. Open to the general public, or to student groups.
18th Street Arts Center - this is a collective of artists whose work is showcased in the center's gallery, which is open on weekdays and for special events on various weekends and holidays.
Bergamot Station - a creative arts complex, featuring artist galleries and innovative businesses.
Museum of Flying - houses a rare collection of World War II fighter aircraft. The interactive children's wing features fun and educational kiosks, vintage aircraft suspended from the ceiling, and videos showing dramatic footage of historic planes in action. There are hundreds of model aircraft, and the Museum also has a theater. (operates Wednesday through Sunday)
Getty Villa - The original Getty Museum contains Roman-inspired architecture and gardens, plus exhibits of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes. Admission is free although you must get reservations before you visit. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, and various Wednesdays. Parking costs $15.
Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum - The Adamson House Tour (small fee) is a guided tour through the house which contains its original furnishings and is decorated with the renowned Malibu Potteries tile. The Malibu Lagoon Museum adjoins the Adamson House and contains a collection of artifacts, rare photographs and documents depicting the colorful history of Malibu. Admission to the Museum is free.
Surf Museum at Payson Library - Contains exhibits that feature the history and technology of surfing, as well as a collection of over 30 vintage surfboards. See also, Pepperdine's digital collection of the John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection. [Pepperdine University]
Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art - Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM, and one hour prior to most performances through intermission. [Pepperdine University] (free admission)
Santa Monica & Malibu Museums (this page)