MOCA Grand Avenue
[250 South Grand Avenue] - Museum with underground galleries, a cafe, and the MOCA Store. The main location for the three campuses of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). An admission ticket for MOCA is valid at both locations (Geffen and Grand Avenue) on the same day. There is a shuttle to transport ticket holders between the two downtown locations. [near Disney Hall]
[221 South Grand Avenue] - A contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The museum is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler and offers free general admission. The museum is home to the 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. Although admission is free, reservations are recommended and currently the waiting list is two weeks, so you should plan in advance. Otherwise, there is a standby line for walk-up admission into the museum on a first-come, first-served basis. [near Disney Hall]
Wells Fargo History Museum
[333 South Grand Avenue] - Paintings, artifacts and other exhibits related to California stagecoach and mining history. Admission is free. [near Disney Hall]
The GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. Live - [800 West Olympic Blvd] - highlights excellence in video and audio art and technology. Occupying four stories, the museum contains 30,000 square-feet of displays, interactive exhibits and video presentations. [near Staples Center]
Japanese American National Museum
[369 East 1st Street] - The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles was formed to commemorate the culture and contribution of the Japanese American community during the last century. The museum was formed in the early 1980s with Japanese American military veterans and area businessmen looking for a way to preserve Japanese American heritage. The "Go For Broke" monument is in the parking lot for the Japanese American National Museum, next to MOCA Geffen. [Little Tokyo]
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
[152 North Central Avenue] - A 40,000 square feet extension of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), featuring contemporary abstract art exhibits. There are guided tours throughout the day. An admission ticket for MOCA is valid at both locations (Geffen and Grand Avenue) on the same day. There is a shuttle to transport ticket holders between the two downtown locations. The Geffen Contemporary is next to the Japanese American National Museum, and shares the same parking lot. [Little Tokyo]
[900 East 4th Street] - A+D Architecture and Design Museum offers ongoing and featured exhibits related to architecture and design.
African American Fire Fighter Museum
[1401 South Central Avenue] - the first and so far the only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States. The first floor contains vintage fire apparatus, stories and pictures of pioneering African American Los Angeles Firefighters. The Museum gallery is located on the second floor with pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia of African American Firefighters from around the country. Free admission (donations accepted); Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. [in Fashion District, 1.5 miles south of Little Tokyo]
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument - [Paseo de la Plaza] - A collection of historic buildings, artifacts, museums and exhibits (both indoor and outdoor). The most famous parts of the Monument are Olvera Street and the Chinese American Museum (see below). As you wander through the Monument grounds, you'll find exhibits and museums, such as the Old Plaza Firehouse Museum (open Tues-Fri, 10AM-3PM), Avila Adobe (open Wed-Sun, 10AM-3PM) and the Sepulveda House (open daily, 9AM-4PM). There are ongoing exhibits at the Pico House, El Pueblo Gallery, and Hellman/Quon building. Most of the exhibits are free! [near Union Station]
Chinese American Museum - [425 North Los Angeles Street] - Exhibits featuring the history, rich cultural legacy and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans. The 7,200 square foot museum site stands inside El Pueblo Monument, located near Olveras Street and Union Station. [near Union Station]
Italian American Museum - [644 North Main Street] - The 5,000-square-foot IAMLA presents the Southern California Italian American experience with an emphasis on Los Angeles, a story that is inextricably linked to the region itself and represents a unique chapter of the Italian American Diaspora. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. [near Union Station]
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes - [501 North Main Street] - Museum that exhibits art from the Mexican and Mexican-American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.
The America Tropical - [125 Paseo de La Plaza] - The center is dedicated to the life and legacy of David Alfaro Siqueiros. His mural, America Tropical, continues to have a profound influence on the Chicano Muralist Movement in Los Angeles. The mural has survived years of weathering and natural disasters and is now conserved and on display to the public. Limited hours, see schedule. Free exhibit. [near Olvera Street]
Gateway to Nature L.A. - [130 Paseo de la Plaza] - A partnership with El Pueblo de L.A., the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Learn about how nature intertwines into our daily lives and how to take advantage of all the parks, mountains, forests and public lands in Los Angeles. Free exhibit. Open Wed-Sun, 10AM-3PM. [near Olvera Street]
Museums in Exposition Park (about three miles south of Downtown Los Angeles) - The list includes the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the California Science Center, California African American Museum and Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California (USC).
Plaza de la Raza - near Downtown LA - a private non-profit organization that provides year round programs in arts education and serves as an arts center and school of performing and visual arts.
Vincent Price Collection - Contains over 2,000 pieces (with an estimated value of over $5,000,000), and includes art from Africa, Peruvian and Mexican artifacts dating from 300 B.C., North American Indian Art, and important works from the renaissance to the present day. [East LA]
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