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Museum Row on Miracle Mile

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Miracle Mile is a stretch on Wilshire Blvd between Fairfax Avenue and La Brea Boulevard - and it is home to four major Los Angeles museums: LA County Museum of Art, La Brea Tar Pits (Page Museum), Craft and Folk Art Museum, and Petersen's Auto Museum. The area is within an easy drive or bus ride to The Grove and Farmers Market. In fact, you can walk from Wilshire and Fairfax (near Petersen's Auto Museum) to Third Street and Fairfax (Farmer's Market) in about 10-15 minutes.

Broad Contemporary Museum and Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [Photo Credit:] Broad Contemporary Museum and Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LA County Museum of Art (LACMA)

The anchor of Museum Row, a collection of over 100,000 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures and unique experimental art forms (once they had a miniature potato farm on display!) LACMA includes art forms that represent the diverse cultures of the Los Angeles area, featuring collections from Asia, Latin America, India, Europe, and American art, for example. The museum is comprised of several buildings, each of which is a mini-museum: the Ahmanson Building, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Art of the Americas Building, the Hammer Building, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Plaza. There are outdoor sculpture exhibits that are free to view (when the museum is open), including a very nice collection by Auguste Rodin in the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden. LACMA offers two cafe-style restaurants and some snack carts for refreshment. The museum is open every day except Wednesday. Occasionally there are days when they offer free admission. During the summer there are free concerts in the evening at least twice per week.

La Brea Tar Pits Museum (formerly called Page Museum). [Photo Credit:] La Brea Tar Pits Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. The La Brea Tar Pits Museum (formerly called Page Museum) is a showcase of the best fossils, animals, and plants that have been discovered here - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and more. Experience the Ice Age come to life with the Ice Age Encounters show.

Outside check out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling, and the active fossil excavation sites to see what excavators have uncovered today.

Make the most of your visit with the Excavator Tour. Get the behind-the-scenes story and see scientists working on recently excavated fossils, walk around the famous Lake Pit, and visit the live dig site where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission.

Foreground: Mammoths in LACMA's Lake Pit Walk. You can also see Craft and Folk Art Museum on the other side of Wilshire Blvd. [Photo Credit:] Lake Pit Walk in foreground, CAFAM across the street

Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) CAFAM hosts a changing display of vibrant exhibitions, family programs, film screening, artists talks, and is home to an award-winning museum shop. Dedicated to international folk art and contemporary craft. CAFAM is directly across the street from La Brea Tar Pits.

Hancock Park

LACMA and La Brea Tar Pits are located inside of Hancock Park, which has a limited number of picnic benches next to Page Museum, as well as a few more park benches throughout. There is plenty of grass for kids to run around, and a grassy hill for them to play on and roll down. There are a few free exhibits to view, most notably LACMA's Lake Pit Walk exhibition featuring the world-famous model of a Columbian mammoth trapped in the tar lake, while her mate and offspring watch helplessly from the shore. On the opposite end of the lake there is a life-sized model of an American mastodon. This exhibit is in the public area of Hancock Park, so you don't need to go inside the museum to walk around it or take photos. There are open tar pits within Hancock Park. Most are surrounded by gates but you do need to keep a look out so you don't step in tar.

The Metro Rapid 720 stops directly in front of Petersen's Auto Museum. [Photo Credit:] Metro Rapid 720 at Petersen's Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

[CLOSED for renovation until December 2015]
Petersen's Auto Museum is at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Blvd, right next to the east-bound Metro bus stop. It features automotive themes and exhibits. Hot rods, celebrity automobiles, land-speed record cars, motorcycles, artwork and sculpture can be found here. There is a Johnny Rockets hamburger cafe adjacent to the museum, and can be entered directly from the museum when you complete your visit.

A+D Museum

A+D Architecture and Design Museum offers ongoing and featured exhibits related to architecture and design. The museum is near Petersen's Auto Museum, and directly across the street from LACMA.

Museum Square Restaurants on Wilshire Blvd, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles. [Photo Credit:] Museum Square Restaurants on Miracle Mile

Restaurants near Museum Row

Museum Square is a nearby office building; not a collection of museums. However the adjacent restaurants are walking distance from the museums, across the street (Curson Ave) from La Brea Tar Pits. CAFAM is a short walk away, on the other side of Wilshire Boulevard. Museum Square a great place for lunch or a snack after exploring the attractions, or during the transition from one museum to the next. Museum Square has a full-service restaurant (Callender's Grill), as well as cafe-style eateries: Baja Fresh (Cal-Mex), Johnnie's New York (pizza), The Counter (custom-built hamburgers) and Mixt Greens (organic / healthy). There is a Johnny Rockets hamburger cafe adjacent to Petersen's Auto Museum, on Fairfax Avenue.

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